The dramatic shift from mining and property to technology to generate wealth in Australia has placed Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, and Canva’s Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht, among the top 10 richest people in the country. .
The Australian Edition of The List in 2022 – Australia’s Richest 250, released on Friday, lists Hancock Prospecting’s Gina Rinehart as Australia’s richest person at $32.64 billion, after an additional $7 billion in 2021.
Fellow WA miner and tech investor Dr. Andrew Forrest ranks second with a fortune of $31.77 billion.
While Forrest’s publicly traded company, Fortescue Metals Group, provides the bulk of his fortune, he has been busy investing in renewable energy projects through the Fortescue Future Industries green fund. He was also a major investor alongside Cannon-Brooks in the $30 billion Sun Cable project to supply solar power from Australia to Singapore, and led a $210 billion Series B round in the venture earlier this month.
The online shopping boom during pandemic lockdowns has benefited Visy’s Victorian cardboard packaging baron Anthony Pratt, who ranks third with $27.77 billion.
Cannon-Brookes is at number 4 with $26.2 billion, his co-CEO Farquhar at number 5 with $25.99 billion.
Technology is also lowering the age of wealthy listeners with Canva’s Melanie Perkins, 34, and her co-founder, husband Cliff Obrecht, 36, placing the top 10 at equal 8th with $15.89 billion each after their fortunes hit $13 last year. .39 billion rose. a $273 million capital increase last September, valuing Canva at $54.5 billion.
The duo has already promised to give away most of their fortune.
Tech is making a strong claim to the 2022 ranking for The List, alongside other digital disruptors such as online fashion. Tech is in about a quarter of the 2022 list.
Between the founders of Atlassian and Canva, senior real estate and mining magnates with Sydney apartment developer Harry Triguboff are in 6th place with $20.81 billion and Queensland political wannabe and serial killer Clive Palmer are in 7th place with $18.35 billion.
You can get The List in The Australian tomorrow.