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Australia’s 10 most powerful people in 2022

This time last year, there was considerable argument about whether Anthony Albanese should even make the top 10, such was his struggle for relevance.

  • Tom McIlroy

The 10 most covertly powerful people in Australia in 2022

Those who are shaping the nation from behind the scenes.

  • Tom McIlroy

Red, teal and green – a new look for the Power list

As we emerge from the pandemic, a structural shift might keep Labor in power for quite a while.

  • Phillip Coorey

How Anthony Albanese was convinced to revisit his childhood home

It is only when the current occupant appears with arms outstretched – “welcome to my home, Prime Minister, and your former home” – that he crosses the threshold.

  • Matthew Drummond

How to lose an election, ScoMo style

“Australians know I can be a bit of a bulldozer.” If there was a moment when you could say Scott Morrison lost the federal election, it was on Friday, May 13.

  • Aaron Patrick
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September

Australia’s top five powerbrokers in the law for 2022

AFR Magazine’s hotly anticipated Power issue, out on Friday, September 30, includes lists of the key players across six industry sectors. Here are Australia’s most influential legal sector leaders.

  • Michael Pelly

Australia’s 10 most powerful business leaders in 2022

In a market as small as Australia, big is powerful. So it’s no surprise that the leaders of the largest companies again dominate the annual corporate power list.

  • James Thomson

Australia’s top five technology leaders for 2022

It’s a year when the most powerful are those who can keep the show on the road until markets recover.

  • Paul Smith

Australia’s five most powerful property people in 2022

Just when the property sector was finally learning to live with the virus, it was hit with a fresh wave of disruption.

  • Nick Lenaghan

Australia’s most powerful consultants in 2022

The consulting firms were flying in 2021-22, a lack of qualified staff being the main constraint on growth. The big move this year is Accenture Australia asserting its presence by growing rapidly to be about the same size as PwC.

  • Edmund Tadros and Hannah Wootton
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Three women in the education Power List, but a man takes top spot

As the pandemic crisis eases, the sector has to face up to some big challenges and hopes are high that Jason Clare will deliver on the high expectations.

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  • Julie Hare

Australia’s top five deal makers in 2022

There’s plenty of work to go around, but the cream of the crop in the investment banking sector emerged in the past year.

  • Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald

August

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Behind the scenes on AFR Magazine's photo shoot with the "fashion fairy godmother" of Instagram.

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How Instagram’s Eva Chen influences what you wear

As head of fashion at the social media giant, former magazine editor Eva Chen has a singular influence on what’s in style.

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  • Lauren Sams

How to make The Lodge Bar chef’s perfect roasted pork chop

New Zealand food, wine and fashion is now a one-stop shop at Rodd and Gunn’s new venture in Brisbane.

  • Jill Dupleix

‘Old-school sportsmanship’: how a retro game hooked this company owner

Hagon Workroom director Edwina Hagon reckons playing squash has honed her business acumen.

  • Lauren Sams

‘You need to look fabulous’: Carla Zampatti’s advice to women leaders

From parliamentary portraits to CEO appointments, a new exhibition charts the runaway success of this fashion icon.

  • Lauren Sams

Australian fashion label rides e-commerce success wave

It was a case of right time, right strategy for style house Sir when it launched just as Instagram and online shopping aligned.

  • Eugenie Kelly

Fruit day or root day? Winery harvests shiraz grapes by the stars

Its biodynamic system of organic farming might be contentious. But the fortunes of this winemaker are rising.

  • Max Allen

The latest watches serial collectors have added to their wish lists

Of the hundreds of new timepieces released each year, just a few will become must-haves.

  • Bani McSpedden
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‘Everything is flying everywhere’: Chanel CEO on the boom in handbags

Key to the brand’s success is its ability to manage the fine line between exclusive and unavailable.

  • Lauren Sams

This exciting new Australian design gallery opened in a rundown house

A Melbourne studio started as a “bit of a laugh” has become a one-stop shop for collectors of unusual Australian works. 

  • Stephen Todd

This tailor makes suits (but not for men)

Sensing a niche, Emily Nolan left her job at P. Johnson and now exclusively creates bespoke outfits for women.

  • Lauren Sams

How soccer became 2022’s most stylish sport

Call it that or call it football, one thing is for sure: the sport has emerged as the year’s coolest, and fashion houses are taking note.

  • Lauren Sams

July

As wait lists and prices skyrocket, have we reached peak watch?

Sales might be booming, but myriad challenges are keeping brands cautious.

  • Bani McSpedden