Clive Berghofer

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Clive Berghofer
AMOAM
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Toowoomba South
In office
1 November 1986 – 23 March 1991
Preceded by John Warner
Succeeded by Mike Horan
Personal details
Born Clive John Berghofer
(1935-03-04) 4 March 1935 (age 80)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Evon Margaret Erbacher (m.1959)
Occupation Managing Director, Land developer

Clive John Berghofer (born 4 March 1935) is an Australian property developer, politician and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Clive Berghofer was born on March 4, 1935 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.[1][2]

Career[edit]

He served as an alderman on Toowoomba City Council from 1973 to 1982, serving as Toowoomba's 61st Mayor from 1982 to 1992. He was National Party MLA for Toowoomba South (1986–1991). On 23 March 1991 he was forced to vacate his seat, in order to retain his position as Mayor after changes to the relevant legislation.[3] National Party candidate Mike Horan won the resulting by-election on 18 May.

He now works as a real estate developer in his hometown of Toowoomba.[2] Additionally, he owns apartments in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.[2]

Philanthropy[edit]

He has made donations to CareFlight, an Australian aero-medical charity.[2] As a result, his name appears on some of their rescue helicopters.[2] He also donated $10 million in 2001 and $50 million in 2013 to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.[2] As a result, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is named in his honour.[2]

Honours[edit]

  • Medal of the Order of Australia, 26 January 1994, In recognition of service to local government and to the community.[4]
  • Australian Sports Medal, 30 August 2000, Does not play sport but supports many clubs. Acts as guarantor for clubs seeking to build facilities.[4]
  • Centenary Medal, 1 January 2001, For distinguished service to the community through funding research.[4]
  • Member of the Order of Australia, 12 June 2006, For service to the community through philanthropic support for medical research, health, sporting and educational organisations in Queensland.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in his hometown of Toowoomba and gets up at 6:30AM every day.[2] As of July 2014, he is worth an estimated AU$340 million.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography at Toowoomba City Council website". Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Katrina Strickland, 'Giving It Away: Clive Berghofer', The Australian Financial Review Magazine: The Wealth Issue, July 2014, p. 30
  3. ^ "Queenslaqnd Local Government Act" (PDF). Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John Warner
Member for Toowoomba South
1986–1991
Succeeded by
Mike Horan