Proving that property can be a lucrative career for those with savvy business skills, Australia’s property billionaires are again dominating the Australian Financial Review’s Rich List.
Property billionaires have been created through development and investment and are amongst the biggest names on the AFR Rich List for 2020.
Four of the top 10 richest Australian billionaires made their wealth in the property industry. In fact, almost a quarter of the richest 200 people on the list built their empires in the property sector.
Property has traditionally been “one of the backbones of the list,” Rich List co-editor Michael Bailey said. The global pandemic this year has weakened the sector a little, but property development and investment has proven over the years to be one of the key wealth creating industries in Australia. This is especially impressive considering it was during global crisis. “It has not been such a good year because of what happened with the property market generally … they are not a patch on where they were last year.”
“I think it (property) will continue to be a wealth-generating tool for years to come,” Mr. Bailey said.
The AFR Rich List (formerly known as the BRW Rich 200) is a list of Australia’s two hundred wealthiest individuals and families, ranked by personal net worth. It’s a list which is published annually. This year, among Australia’s richest 200 people, 48 made their money through property, compared to 11 in iron ore mining, 21 in technology and 11 in agriculture.
Many rich listers from other industries have also accumulated substantial property portfolios holdings, with their trophy homes and investment properties.
Buying a prestige trophy home is a a classic move for someone who has amassed substantial wealth, Mr Bailey said. “The perfect example is Mike Cannon-Brookes who just seems to be buying properties up left, right and centre,” he said.
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