Len Buckeridge

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Leonard "Len" Buckeridge
Born Leonard Walter Buckeridge
(1936-06-15)15 June 1936
Died 11 March 2014(2014-03-11) (aged 77)
Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Years active 1959–2014
Organization BGC
Known for Architecture, construction
Home town Perth, Western Australia
Net worth US$1.25b

Leonard Walter "Len" Buckeridge (15 June 1936 – 11 March 2014) was an Australian businessman known for founding the Buckeridge Group of Companies.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

He attended Perth Modern School then trained as an architect[2] at Perth Technical College.[5][6]

In his final year of Architecture he won the James Hardie Prize for his thesis "The Economical House".

Career[edit]

He built high-rise buildings in Perth and elsewhere through his company, Buckeridge Group of Companies. He also owns James Point Pty Ltd.[2][3]

In September 2012, he sued a former fork-lift driver who allegedly posted defamatory comments on Facebook about him. The former employee was backed by the labour union United Voice.[4]

In November 2012, he sued the Government of Western Australia for A$1 billion regarding a delay in construction on Cockburn Sound.[3][7] Premier Colin Barnett counselled him to drop the lawsuit.[8] Buckeridge also sued about a delay in the construction of the Perth Arena.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

He was married twice. To Judy Lyon, mother of his five children Lise, Rachel, Andrew, Sam, Joshua. And to Tootsie Ambrose, mother of Julian.[2][11] He lived in the Mosman Park neighbourhood of Perth.[2][4] As of January 2013, he was worth an estimated US$1.4 billion.[2] He died of a heart attack at his home on 11 March 2014, aged 77 years.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.heavenaddress.com/Leonard-Len-Walter-Buckeridge/467691/
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The World's Billionaires - Leonard Buckeridge". Forbes. March 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Trenwith, Courtney (6 November 2012). "Premier's potentially costly Len Buckeridge gaffe". WA Today. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Cordingley, Glen (1 September 2012). "Billionaire sues forklift driver". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/159519590?q&versionId=173885043
  6. ^ Macdonald, Kim (20 October 2011). "WA's Rich List". The West Australian. p. 28. 
  7. ^ Powell, Graeme; O'Connor, Andrew; Macmillan, Jade (6 November 2012). "Buckeridge sues over private port delays". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Premier urges Buckeridge to drop $1b lawsuit". The West Australian. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Perth arena cost blows out to $548.7 million". WA Today. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "BGC's Len Buckeridge baulks at Perth Arena penalty fees". Perth Now. AAP. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Orr, Aleisha (11 March 2014). "Perth billionaire Len Buckeridge dead". WA Today. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Burrell, Andrew (11 March 2014). "Len Buckeridge, founder of builder BGC, has died age 77". The Australian. Retrieved 11 March 2014.