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How I Made It

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Inside the Rich List: How Australia’s top entrepreneurs built their fortunes and what they learnt along the way. What’s the difference between you and a Rich Lister? Listen and see.

Hosted by

Julie-anne Sprague

Rich List editor

Produced by

Lap Phan

Podcast Producer & Actor

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Latest Episode

‘The best business advice is printed on Nike t-shirts’

He quit his job as a consultant to sell TVs on eBay for 1c. By 31, Ruslan Kogan had landed on the Financial Review Rich List after building online retail group Kogan.com. Here’s what he’s learnt.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

This Rich Lister quit his job as a consultant to sell TVs for 1¢

While living in a Melbourne housing commission flat, a young Ruslan Kogan honed his selling skills, making a buck selling golf balls and washing cars.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

August

‘Sure, of course I can’: From uni dropout to young rich list

Aaron Hornlimann, 35, is behind a company whose technology makes it easier for people to get in and out of airports.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

Want to be a Rich Lister? Get up at 4am, take an ice bath, meditate

Simon Beard says being an entrepreneur is like trying to make it to the NBA. His days are literally planned to the minute. Hear his story on the How I Made It podcast. Listen for free.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

From tight-arse teenager to the Rich List

Culture Kings founder Simon Beard grew up in Mount Isa, ran a market stall on the Gold Coast and last year cut a deal to sell his company s for more than $600 million. Here’s how.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

Rich list tips: don’t study law (unless you really want to)

Crypto rich lister Robbie Ferguson tells the How I Made It podcast budding founders should hire slowly, don’t study law, don’t get caught in the hype, and read.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

The Rich Lister tipping a crypto rebound

Australia’s youngest Rich Lister used to frustrate his parents by devoting a lot of time to video games. Now he co-owns a company worth $3.5 billion.

  • Julie-anne Sprague
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‘Watch me’: Sarina Russo’s 8 lessons to turn failure into $267m

Sarina Russo failed English, was fired multiple times and then built a $267 million empire. Here’s what she’s learnt along the way. Listen to the How I Made It podcast for free.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

She failed high school English. Now she’s worth $267m

After being fired multiple times, Queenslander Sarina Russo knows a thing or two about persistence and determination. They helped her become one of the nation’s richest women. Listen to the How I Made it podcast for free.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

Tammy Hembrow’s 13 lessons to turn $400 into $38m

Tammy Hembrow says founders should obsess about success, fake it till you make it, and warns that sleep is overrated. Listen to her story on the How I Made It podcast for free.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

How this 28-year-old built a $38m fortune

Tammy Hembrow started her business empire with $400 and plenty of ambition. She reveals the secrets to her success the How I Made It podcast. Listen for free.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

July

Persistence pays big for start-up founder-turned-Rich Lister

For about a decade, David Tudehope kept a Calvin Coolidge quote in his wallet. He shares the lessons he learnt along the way. Listen to the How I Made It podcast for free.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

Quitting his bank job was the best thing this rich lister ever did

David Tudehope packs up a small group of his employees and they spend two weeks to “go deep” into the next trend. Listen to his story on the How I Made It podcast for free.

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  • Julie-anne Sprague

‘Stop caring about how you look or what people think of you - and focus’

Grant Petty’s had huge success with his company Blackmagic. He says founders need to “stop caring about how you look or what people think of you and focus”. Also, “be a little crazy”. Here’s what he’s learnt.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

The billionaire who is happy to pay more tax than he should

Rich Lister Grant Petty credits his humble upbringing for shaping his success in a country that is too focused on rule followers wearing the right suit.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

From housing commission kid to $1.4b

Hear what it takes to earn your way onto The Australian Financial Review Rich Lists when season two of our podcast interview series returns on July 18.

November 2021

The 10 lessons behind the Heines’ $2.8b success

The father and son founders of $4 billion wealth management company Netwealth tell the How I Made It podcast that successful people focus on what they’re good at.

  • Julie-anne Sprague
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November 2021

Want to start a company? Be prepared to lose your house

Creating a $4 billion wealth management group took ‘a lot of shoe leather, a lot of hard work, a lot of commitment’ says Netwealth’s Michael Heine.

  • Julie-anne Sprague

Listen now: How the Heines built Netwealth

Netwealth founders Michael and Matt Heine tell the How I Made It podcast about taking on Australia’s big banks, risking it all for a good idea and Dolly Parton. Listen here or wherever you podcast.

‘Life is hard’: A Young Rich Lister’s 7 key lessons

Jessica Sepel is worth $426 million and tells the How I Made It podcast about her struggle with food, how to deal with the social media haters, and one lesson she lives by: “Life is suffering.”

From working at Priceline to its No.2 brand

Jessica Sepel, 32, went from working at Priceline after school to creating one of their fastest growing brands JS Health Vitamins. Listen now.

The seven secrets to Wes Maas’ success

Wes Maas went from one bobcat to building a $1.3 billion company. Here are his seven tips for success in business and life.

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