Bruce Gordon (businessman)

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Bruce Gordon
Born (1929-02-04) 4 February 1929 (age 90)
ResidenceBermuda;[1] Sydney; and Monaco[2]
NationalityAustralian
OccupationBusinessman; media owner; investor
Known forOwner of WIN Group
Net worth
Spouse(s)Judith

Bruce Gordon (born 4 February 1929 in Surry Hills, New South Wales[2]) is an Australian businessman. He is the owner of the Australian television network, WIN Television through his ownership of WIN Corporation,[4] and holds a significant stake in Nine Entertainment Co.[1]

Career[edit]

Raised from humble beginning, Gordon juggled fruit to lure customers into his father's street-side fruit stall. He continued to hone his magic skills into his 20s and gained his first performance at Sydney's Tivoli circuit theatre; later progressing onto management of the theatre. During this period he got to know Rupert Murdoch, Sir Frank Packer and his sons, Kerry and Clyde, and Bruce Gyngell.[2]

In 1962, Gordon was appointed the Australasian sales executive for Desilu Productions, which was sold to Gulf and Western, which renamed the studio Paramount Television.[2] Gordon worked as a programming executive for Paramount in Hollywood for thirty years.[1]

Gordon gained control of Television Wollongong Transmission Ltd (later rebadged as WIN TV) in 1979 from Murdoch.[5] He then expanded WIN Television's operations during the 1990s, buying out the other shareholders in 1991 after buying two licences in Queensland and Crawford Productions.[2] By the end of the decade WIN had licences and transmitters in all Australian states and mainland territories.[5]

Gordon holds a 50% share in the NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons club through WIN Corporation.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Gordon lives in Bermuda with his second wife, Judith, with additional residences in Sydney and Monaco.[2]

In 2017, the Australian Financial Review assessed Gordon's net worth at A$629 million. He is one of fifteen Australian individuals who have appeared on every Rich List, since it was first published in 1984.[1]

Wealth rankings[edit]

Year Financial Review
Rich List
Forbes
Australia's 50 Richest
Rank Net worth (A$) Rank Net worth (US$)
2014[5][6] 34 $1,096 million 40 Increase $700 million Increase
2015[7][8] 46 Decrease $1,060 million Decrease 41 Decrease $720 million Increase
2016[7][3] 54 Decrease $990 million Decrease 46 Decrease $570 million Decrease
2017[1] 107 Decrease $629 million Decrease Steady not listed
Legend
Icon Description
Steady Has not changed from the previous year
Increase Has increased from the previous year
Decrease Has decreased from the previous year

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stensholt, John, ed. (25 May 2017). "Financial Review Rich List 2017". Financial Review. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Chessell, James; Totaro, Paolo (7 March 2015). "How Bruce Gordon, the man from WIN, helped catch Silvio Berlusconi". Financial Review. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "2016 Australia's 50 Richest". Forbes Asia. January 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ Windsor, Georgina (11 February 2010). "WIN Corp owner Bruce Gordon sues Nine over live-streaming of TV channels". The Australian. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "BRW Rich 200 list 2014: 34. Bruce Gordon". BRW. Sydney. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 Australia's 50 Richest". Forbes Asia. January 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b "BRW rich list topped by Harry Triguboff, Gina Rinehart slips to fourth". ABC News. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "2015 Australia's 50 Richest". Forbes Asia. March 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.