Joe Gersh

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Joseph Gersh AM is an Australian businessman who works as a director for a public and private companies in Australia. He is also the founder and executive chairman of Gersh Investment Partners Limited (GIPL). With interests in real estate, banking and the arts, Gersh has been recognized as an influential figure in the business community,[1] particularly in Melbourne. He is also a prominent member of the Australian Jewish community.

In 2006, he was awarded the Order of Australia[2] for his service to business, government, the arts and the community.


Gersh attended the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Commerce LLB (Honors).[3] He is a graduate of Mount Scopus Memorial College where he was school captain in 1972.


He formerly occupied the position of a senior partner and Chairman of the Management Committee at the Melbourne law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) from 1982 to 1999. He was appointed as a Director of the Federal Airports Corporation from 1995–1996.

Gersh is a foundation Director of The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments System Board.[4]

He founded Gersh Investment Partners Limited in July 2000, which includes the subsidiary organisations: Gersh Residential Land Partners and Gersh Advisory.

From July 2003 to December 2012,[5][6] Gersh was the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation.

He was a member of the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia between 2008 and 2013.

In 2008, Gersh paid failing Gold Coast financier MFS $20 Million to reacquire GIPL from the company. GIPL had been sold to MFS in August 2007 at an implied value of $100 million.[7]

In May 2013 GIPL created an alliance with Supalai Public Company Limited with the company estimating to spend $60 million of its annual overseas budget[8] into Australia.

The Arts[edit]

Gersh is a supporter of the arts with a particular focus on promoting Melbourne as a cultural centre.[9] He has been a Director of the Sydney Institute since 2003.[10]

He was Deputy Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts from 2006–2009.[11] He also held honorary positions as chairman at the National Institute of Circus Arts from 2005–2006 and chairman at Artbank, the Government Art rental body, from December 2000 – 2009.[12]


He has been a prominent figure in the Jewish Community and was the President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria from 1990–1993 and Vice-President of the Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs from 1987–1992.[citation needed]

He also continues to serve as life-councilor for Mount Scopus College.[13]


He is married with four children.