Nicholas Whitlam

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Nicholas Whitlam
Born Nicholas Richard Whitlam
(1945-12-06) 6 December 1945 (age 68)
Alma mater Harvard College (1967);
London Business School (1969)
Parents Gough Whitlam;
Margaret Whitlam

Nicholas Richard Whitlam (born 6 December 1945) is an Australian businessman and corporate director. He is the son of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam.


He first became publicly prominent in 1981 when he was appointed chief executive of the State Bank of New South Wales. Subsequent roles include an investment banking partnership with future Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull, Whitlam Turnbull & Co, and the chairmanship of the NRMA Group, NRMA. Whitlam was the key figure in the 2000 demutualization and listing of NRMA Insurance Limited, the country's largest insurance company, now known as Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG).

He was initially found guilty after controversial civil proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, a corporate regulator, alleging breaches of his director's duties,[1] but had the decision overturned by the Court of Appeal in 2003.[2]

Whitlam is a graduate of Harvard College (AB cum laude, 1967) and the London Business School (MSc, 1969).


  1. ^ Long, Stephen (15 August 2002). "Nicholas Whitlam barred from being a company director". 
  2. ^ Stephens, Tony (12 October 2004). "It's time to tell my side, says Nick Whitlam". 

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