14 episodes

Stories of building wealth from the ground up and advice for business from members of the Australian Financial Review's Rich Lists.

How I Made It The Australian Financial Review

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    • 4.8 • 153 Ratings

Stories of building wealth from the ground up and advice for business from members of the Australian Financial Review's Rich Lists.

    Sarina Russo's success may lie in how many times she's been fired

    Sarina Russo's success may lie in how many times she's been fired

    Sarina Russo failed high school English classes and was fired from her job as a legal secretary. She’s proof that determination and perseverance can triumph after joining the Financial Review Rich Women List earlier this year with an estimated $267 million fortune. Listen to how she did it.

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

    How I Made It website here. Email us at howimadeit@afr.com

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    • 30 min
    How Tammy Hembrow built a fitness empire from just $400

    How Tammy Hembrow built a fitness empire from just $400

    After dropping out of uni and with starting out with $400, Tammy Hembrow has built online fitness app Tammy Fit and clothing brand Saksi Collection into businesses that's given her an estimated $38 million fortune.

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    13 lessons to turn $400 into $38m
    How this 28-year-old built a $38m fortune

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    • 32 min
    Why quitting his job at a bank was the best thing David Tudehope did

    Why quitting his job at a bank was the best thing David Tudehope did

    David Tudehope quit working for CBA at 25 to start a company with big ambitions. Macquarie Telecom would take on Telstra. It’s been so successful he’s found his way onto the Financial Review Rich List. Tudehope shares his secrets for success, which includes something they’ve developed called the Noah’s Ark.

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    The key to the group’s 28-year-success in the fast-changing tech industry is an in-house process they invented to evaluate emerging trends.
    One of Tudehope’s favourite quotes is from former US president Calvin Coolidge. It's about persistence, and for about a decade, he kept that quote in his wallet. Here's what else he learnt along the way. 

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    • 37 min
    $78 'rort' that's turned Blackmagic's Grant Petty into a billionaire

    $78 'rort' that's turned Blackmagic's Grant Petty into a billionaire

    When Grant Petty was growing up in Shepparton in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, his family didn't have much money so he took to 'rorting' the system to fund his early education in electronics. Petty went on to start Blackmagic Design, a company that designs cameras and editing systems for the entertainment industry that turned over ¾ of a billion dollars in 2021.

    How I Made It website here. Email us at howimadeit@afr.com

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    Grant Petty doesn't play by traditional business rules: He mocks human resources departments who love to use psychometric testing. His accountants pull their hair out because he insists on paying more tax than he should. And, people probably thought that he was “pyscho” in the early days of building Blackmagic Design, a video equipment and software company that’s become so successful it made him a billionaire this year.
    14 lessons for success: Founders need to “stop caring about how you look or what people think of you and focus”. Also, “be a little crazy”. 

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    • 38 min
    Coming soon: How I Made It season two

    Coming soon: How I Made It season two

    Australian Financial Review's Julie-anne Sprague takes you inside the world of the country’s top entrepreneurs. They'll share insights on what makes them tick, their business advice and how they overcame the odds to grace one of the AFR's Rich Lists.

    If you want to know how business empires are made, listen to How I Made It. Season two premieres Monday July 18. 

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    Episode 8. Michael and Matt Heine

    Episode 8. Michael and Matt Heine

    Michael Heine, 72 and his son Matt, 42, together run Netwealth, one of Australia’s fastest growing wealth management businesses. They come from a long line of entrepreneurs, never finished university and the family is now worth around $2.8 billion.They talk about taking on Australia's big banks, working with family, risking it all for a good idea and Dolly Parton.

    Background reading: The 150-year making of Netwealth

    How I Made It website here.

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

Trevorlindsay ,

Love it.

Fantastic podcast! I love hearing stories from people that are driven to succeed and how they’ve achieved it. That’s most definitely not me but I will no doubt draw down on some of the pearls of wisdom in my day to day business life.
Perfect listening for a whisky on ice whilst watering the lawn.

Realtor Network ,

Great podcast- really inspiring. Make more!

Great podcast- really inspiring. Make more!

ppp999.ppp ,

Finally

Have been waiting to have a podcast like this, I know Frank Lowy lives in Israel now but would love to hear his story on this podcast as a seed of investment for future entrepreneurs. Keep them coming, very informative, inspiring, good style..

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