Mike Cannon-Brookes

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Mike Cannon-Brookes
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Cannon-Brookes in 2018
BornMichael Cannon-Brookes
November 1979 (age 43)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
EducationCranbrook School
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
Known forCo-founder and co-CEO, Atlassian (with Scott Farquhar)
Net worth
Board member ofAtlassian
Spouse(s)Annie Todd

Michael Cannon-Brookes (born November 1979) is an Australian billionaire, co-founder, and co-CEO of the software company Atlassian.

Since 2018, he has been involved in the Australia-Asia Power Link, a huge electricity infrastructure project to be developed in the Northern Territory by Sun Cable in a collaboration with Twiggy Forrest.

Early life and education[edit]

Cannon-Brookes was born in November 1979,[3] the son of a global banking executive, also named Mike, and his wife, Helen.[4]

He attended Cranbrook School in Sydney,[5] and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in information systems on a UNSW Co-op Scholarship.[6]


With Scott Farquhar, Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company. The pair started the company in 2002, shortly after graduating from university, funding it with credit cards.[7] They claim to have founded Atlassian with the aim of earning the then-typical graduate starting salary of A$48,000 at the big corporations without having to work for someone else.[8][9]

In March 2022, it was reported that Cannon-Brookes and billionaire Andrew Forrest had invested in the Sun Cable project,to build a solar and battery farm 12,000 hectares (120 km2) in size at Powell Creek, Northern Territory, and a power-cable to link it to Singapore (via Indonesia) leaving Australia at Murrumujuk beach.[10][11]

In January 2023, Sun Cable went into administration owing to disagreements between Cannon-Brookes and Forrest. In May 2023, Cannon-Brookes' company Grok Ventures outbid Forrest and others to buy the liquidated company.[12][11]

Other activities[edit]

Cannon-Brookes is an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Computer Science and Engineering.

In December 2020, Cannon-Brookes bought a minority stake in NBA team Utah Jazz, along with Qualtrics cofounder Ryan Smith.[7]

Cannon-Brookes is a major investor in energy company AGL.[13]

In September 2020, it was revealed that Cannon-Brookes was listed on a Chinese Government "Overseas Key Individuals Database" of prominent international individuals of interest for China.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Cannon-Brookes is married to Annie Todd and they have four children.[15] Cannon-Brookes and Todd lived in Sydney's eastern suburbs in Centennial Park.[9] In 2018 they bought Fairwater, Australia's most expensive house for approximately A$100 million, next door to Scott Farquhar's A$71 million Point Piper harbourside mansion, Elaine. Cannon-Brookes also acquired the 1923-built heritage residence Verona, designed by architect Leslie Wilkinson and located in Double Bay, for A$17 million.[16] The house previously belonged to New Zealand philanthropist Pat Goodman. Prior to that, in 2016 Cannon-Brookes bought the A$7.05 million SeaDragon house, built in 1936, also designed by Wilkinson and updated by architect Luigi Rosselli.[17] His Centennial Park home sold for A$16.5 million.[18] In 2019 he purchased a house near Fairwater for A$12 million.[19]

In July 2022, Annie Cannon-Brookes made a deal to buy Dunk Island off Mission Beach, Queensland. Reportedly, the transaction was between A$20–25m, with the intent to create a nature reserve and to revitalise the resort.[20]


Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar were recognised as the Australian IT Professional of the Year award in 2004, and Australian 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.[6]

Net worth[edit]

In 2016, his net worth was estimated by Forbes on the list of Australia's 50 Richest people as US$1.69 billion;[21] by BRW Rich 200 as A$2.00 billion;[22] and by the Sunday Times Rich List as £906 million.[23] As of May 2021, the Australian Financial Review estimated his net worth was A$27.25 billion.[1] Meanwhile, in the same month, Forbes estimated his net worth was US$13.7 billion.[2]

Year BRW
Rich 200
Australia's 50 Richest
Sunday Times
Rich List
Rank Net worth (A$) Rank Net worth (US$) Rank Net worth (£)
2013[24][25] 190 Increase $0.25 billion Increase n/a not listed
2014[26][27] 35 Increase $1.07 billion Increase n/a not listed
2015[28][29] 42 Increase $1.14 billion Increase 25 Increase $1.10 billion Increase
2016[22][21][23] 18 Increase $2.00 billion Increase 14 Increase $1.69 billion Increase £906 million Increase
2017[30][31] 17 Increase $2.51 billion Increase 10 Increase $3.40 billion Increase
2018[32] 12 Increase $5.16 billion Increase 5 Increase
2019[33][34][35] 6 Increase $9.63 billion Increase 5 Steady $6.40 billion Increase
2020[36] 5 Increase $16.93 billion Increase
2021[1][2] 3 Increase $20.18 billion Increase $13.70 billion Increase
Icon Description
Steady Has not changed from the previous year
Increase Has increased from the previous year
Decrease Has decreased from the previous year

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bailey, Michael; Sprague, Julie-anne (27 May 2021). "The 200 richest people in Australia revealed". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Bloomberg Billionaires Index: Mike Cannon-Brookes". Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  3. ^ Michael Cannon-Brookes Companies House
  4. ^ Gray, Joanne (9 June 2016). "Michael Cannon-Brookes snr: How I raised a son who became Atlassian billionaire". Australian Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ Cranbrook School: Elite Sydney institution eyes up major change News.com.au
  6. ^ a b "Mike Cannon-Brookes: Co-founder & CEO". Atlassian. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Mike Cannon-Brookes". Forbes. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  8. ^ Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (12 April 2014). "Accidental billionaires: why Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are so admired in the start-up industry". Australian Financial Review. Australian. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b Kitney, Damon (27 February 2016). "The Cannon-Brookes: balancing life as accidental billionaires". The Australian. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Twiggy Forrest, Mike Cannon-Brookes lead $210m raise for intercontinental solar power project". 14 March 2022.
  11. ^ a b Terzon, Emilia (5 May 2023). "Sun Cable: Why Australia's two richest men are battling to control an unbuilt solar farm". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Sun Cable: Mike Cannon-Brookes wins control of mega solar project after fall-out with Andrew Forrest". ABC News AU. 27 May 2023.
  13. ^ "Billionaire Cannon-Brookes to Seek Stake in Australia's AGL". Bloomberg.com. 2 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  14. ^ "Why Mike Cannon-Brookes is on a Chinese military database". Australian Financial Review. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Imposter Syndrome as an Asset". Atlassian blog. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  16. ^ Macken, Lucy (27 September 2018). "Mike Cannon-Brookes paid $17m for Double Bay house day after he bought $100m Fairwater estate". Domain. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  17. ^ Macken, Lucy (9 February 2017). "Techie Mike Cannon-Brookes proves a sucker for fine real estate, twice". Domain. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Australia's most expensive house sells for $100m". OneRoof. NZME Publishing Limited. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  19. ^ Macken, Lucy (26 April 2019). "Mike Cannon-Brookes buys house next door to Fairwater for $12m". Domain. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  20. ^ Annie Cannon-Brookes buys Dunk Island with plans to develop, Mark Rigby, ABC News, 2022-07-13
  21. ^ a b "2015 Australia's 50 Richest". Forbes Asia. March 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  22. ^ a b Stensholt, John, ed. (29 May 2016). "BRW Rich 200 List 2016". Australian Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Rich List 2016". The Sunday Times. No. 44. 24 April 2016.
  24. ^ Stensholt, John, ed. (May 2013). "BRW Rich 200 List 2013". Australian Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Gina Rinehart tops Forbes' Australian rich list". The Australian. Australian Associated Press. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  26. ^ Stensholt, John, ed. (27 June 2014). "BRW Rich 200 List 2014". Australian Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  27. ^ Rollason, Adam (30 January 2014). "Rinehart on top, Palmer down on Forbes rich list". Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  28. ^ "2015 Australia's 50 Richest". Forbes Asia. March 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  29. ^ Stensholt, John, ed. (May 2015). "BRW Rich 200 List 2015". Australian Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  30. ^ Stensholt, John, ed. (25 May 2017). "Financial Review Rich List 2017". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Australia's Richest 2017: Country's Wealthiest Continue Mining For Dollars". Forbes Asia. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  32. ^ Stensholt, John, ed. (25 May 2018). "2018 AFR Rich List: Who are Australia's richest people?". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  33. ^ Bailey, Michael (30 May 2019). "Australia's 200 richest people revealed". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  34. ^ "2019 Australia's 50 Richest". Forbes Asia. January 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  35. ^ Kruger, Colin (19 March 2019). "Atlassian founders worth $10 billion each after record stock rise". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  36. ^ Bailey, Michael; Sprague, Julie-anne (30 October 2020). "The full list: Australia's wealthiest 200 revealed". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 31 October 2020.

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