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 firstname.lastname@example.org Your feedback is valued and I will endeavour to answer each and every one of you.
For now, enjoy the read.