Great ex­pec­ta­tions

Business First - - EDITOR’S DESK -

There has been some­thing wildly en­ter­tain­ing about BRW’s Rich List over the years, the voyeurs in us all love to find out how much the rich­est people in the coun­try are worth. Even with that par­tic­u­lar mag­a­zine now off the shelves, the Rich List is still printed on­line be­cause it cre­ates a huge amount of in­ter­est. And so ev­ery busi­ness mag­a­zine looks to in­ter­view pil­lars of Aus­tralian in­dus­try, not nec­es­sar­ily to re­peat how much they are worth, but to find out their views about the burn­ing is­sues of the day, fi­nance, busi­ness man­age­ment, lead­er­ship and how they steer the ship of their suc­cess­ful multi-mil­lion and in some case bil­lion dol­lar com­pany.

Busi­ness First is no ex­cep­tion. There is a healthy re­spect for our busi­ness lead­ers here and we hope that comes through in the way re­port them. In this is­sue we haven’t held back. We have two of Aus­tralia’s iconic busi­ness­men in Con Makris and Paul Lit­tle.

Lit­tle, now runs Lit­tle Projects, how­ever he is still Toll’s largest share­holder al­though he has lit­tle to do with the com­pany in a busi­ness ca­pac­ity these days. Of Toll’s suc­cess he says, “We had a clear vi­sion, we em­ployed the best people, and we of­fered this in­te­grated ser­vice. I think it was a com­bi­na­tion of all of those things that al­lowed the busi­ness to be suc­cess­ful, and we grew the busi­ness ag­gres­sively. That ag­gres­sive growth com­bined with the strat­egy that we had in place at that point in time worked re­ally well.”

Makris is an­other who has been in busi­ness long enough to know what works and what doesn’t. His suc­cess was built on learn­ing. “I did ev­ery­thing… I had to study ev­ery­thing, the mar­kets and ac­count­ing. And I knew that is the way I could make money.”

There are a few big names in this is­sue. An­other is young rich-lis­ter and sports star Andrew Bogut, who con­ducts tours through Sil­i­con Val­ley and con­nects up­starts with cap­i­tal rais­ers.

We look at the rise of Vil­lage Road­show, what makes Nigel Clark tick and why Lawrence and Han­son is so strong in the elec­tri­cal field.

On the life­style side we go to the Berke­ley River Re­gion to dis­cover a world of lux­ury for busi­ness trav­ellers and look at some of the most ex­pen­sive golf ap­parel in the world.

We hope this is­sue is as in­sight­ful as it is en­ter­tain­ing and if you have any feed­back, please don’t hes­i­tate to send it to me at jjack­son@am­ Your feed­back is val­ued and I will en­deav­our to an­swer each and ev­ery one of you.

For now, en­joy the read.

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