A Greek among Australia’s 50 Richest People for 2016
Only one Greek businessman managed to be included in the list of the richest people in Australia for 2016, issued by Forbes. He is the richest Greek of Australia for yet another year. Reclusive American heiress Blair Parry-Okeden, a longtime resident of the country whose ex-husband is Australian, debuts at No. 1 with an $8.8 billion fortune.
The Greek businessman, Con Makris, is at No. 38 of the list with a $700 million fortune. It is worth mentioning that in the same list of 2015 he was on the 46th place with 640 million dollars.
Con Makris emigrated from Greece in the early 1960s. He settled in Adelaide where his sister lived and worked at a series of jobs in retail. He built up a chain of chicken shops across South Australia and Victoria which he sold in the 1980s to fund the purchase of his first shopping centre. He now controls a portfolio worth more than $800 million, much of it in South Australia although his focus is shifting to the Gold Coast.