Tony Šantić

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Tony Šantić (born 17 October 1952 in Lastovo, Croatia, is a noted Australian thoroughbred owner and tuna farmer. He came to Australia with his family in 1958, aged six. His parents settled in Geelong, Victoria for the next 8 years before Tony and his mother moved to Port Lincoln.[1]

Early life[edit]

Šantić gained initial success in tuna fishing at Port Lincoln. Times were slightly tough in the early 1990s, when tuna quotas were reduced twice, sending a number of related businesses into financial hardship and shutting down others. Tuna farming turned around and Šantić's Tuna International is the second biggest tuna farming operation in Port Lincoln. During slightly lower than usual times in the tuna industry, in 1997, he decided to pursue his interest in horse racing.


On 25 April 2009, he married his third wife, Deslee Kennedy. Son, Joseph Santic Born on 8 March 1989.


  1. ^ Nicholson, Rod (6 May 2007). "Šantić boys quit tuna firm". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-03-27.