Alan Bond, entrepreneur and businessman

Alan Bond was born in Hammersmith, London, on April 22 1938 and emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1950. In 1959 Alan formed the Bond Corporation, opening the way for a new style of international entrepreneur; acquiring companies and using his drive and innovation to build them into world class corporations.

Alan's natural flair for business soon became evident and the Bond portfolio grew steadily from property to mining into broadcasting and on into telecommunications. He was voted Australian of the year in 1978 and became a national hero in 1983 when he brought home the Americas Cup which had been held by the US since 1851.

Since then, Alan's drive and energy have resulted in a long list of some of the most prestigious business ventures around and he continues to lead the way in opening up new opportunities in mining and investment.

I've always worked very, very hard, and the harder I worked, the luckier I got."

Alan Bond at leisure

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Alan is still working hard and travelling the world making things happen, but in his time off he likes to relax with his family, play a bit of golf and, of course, do a bit of strategic planning.