Money men bonded by mateship
WHEN a mate is down and out, what does he need the most?
A sympathy visit and an inspirational rugby book, according to KPMG bigwig Martin Blake, who dropped around to the Mosman mansion of AMP ex-boss Craig Meller yesterday.
Mr Meller, who resigned in the wake of devastating revelations of AMP misconduct at the banking royal commission, didn’t pop his head out to greet James Bond fan Mr Blake, who rolled up in his convertible Mercedes — numberplate 007BND.
Mr Blake’s gift was a copy of former Fiji rugby player Waisale Serevi’s biography, King Of The Sevens, which tells of the star athlete’s long road back to health from unemployment, depression and heavy drinking.
Mr Blake, who is the NSW chairman of accounting giant KPMG, lived up to his yachtie image, wearing boat shoes, shorts and a cap emblazoned Brindabella — the maxi-yacht he crews in his spare time.
Judging by Mr Meller’s $4.8 million salary last year and a palatial home worth a touch more than that, it’s unlikely the banker will follow in the footsteps of the hero he’s reading about.
The gesture followed a horrible week for AMP at the banking royal commission. Mr Meller, who said he didn’t know about the lies despite being at the helm since 2014, stepped down, saying he was “personally y devastated” by the issues raised.
Mr Blake and KPMG both h declined to comment.
Martin Blake arrives at Craig Meller’s house. Picture: Jenny Evans
Waisale Serevi’s biography.