is a familiar face in his home country of Australia. He is seen as a regular Australian
guy that is approachable
and always willing to have a chat. But what sets him apart from most Australians
is that he is a billionaire and founder of one of the largest furniture and home
entertainment retailing stores in the country.
The "Harvey Norman"
retail store had its beginnings back in 1961 when Gerry Harvey and Ian Norman
teamed up to start selling electrical goods. Business was good and the stores
grew in number under the "Norman Ross" name until the infamous Australian
Alan Bond bought them out and fired both the founders in the early eighties.
and Norman soon started again, by opening the first "Harvey Norman"
branded store in 1982. The pair gave customers what they wanted and the number
of stores quickly grew. Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. became a publicly traded company
in 1987 when it was listed on the Australian stock exchange.
remains the Chairman of Harvey Norman Holdings and continues to grow the business.
Among the many products sold at Harvey Norman stores are electrical products,
computers, gaming, bedding, and furniture. There are stores throughout Australia,
New Zealand, Ireland, Slovenia, Singapore and Malaysia.
billionaire is regularly featured on the BRW
rich list in Australia. Harvey has an eclectic mix of business interests that
include the "Byron
at Byron" tourist resort and spa in Byron Bay and a stable of thoroughbred
racehorses that number in the hundreds. He also owns a 50% share of the "Magic
Millions" horse auction house that sells many of the most expensive yearling
racehorses sold in Australia.
Gerry Harvey is married to the Managing Director
of Harvey Norman, Kaite Page.
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