Long-time rich lister and Canberra Airport owner Terry Snow is Australia's newest billionaire

Long-time rich lister and Canberra Airport owner Terry Snow is Australia's newest billionaire
Long-time rich lister and Canberra Airport owner Terry Snow is Australia's newest billionaire

Long-time rich lister and Canberra Airport owner Terry Snow is Australia's newest billionaire.

Last year, he slipped two places to 84 in the BRW Rich List of the wealthiest 200 Australians. His estimated wealth was around $685 million last year.

But this year the word is that he's joined billionaire status. The magazine hits news stands later this week in its 34th edition.

Last year’s billionaire’s club had 53 rich listers, with Harry Triguboff, Australia’s largest apartment builder, leading with a wealth of $10.62 billion.

Other property tycoons in the top 5 were Westfield chairman Frank Lowy at no. 3 with a wealth of 8.26 billion and John Gandel at no. 5 with $5.4 billion.  

Terry Snow's smartest investment was buying the Canberra Airport for $65 million in 1998 with a 99-year-year lease from the Federal Government. He committed $480 million to its redevelopment.

The upgrade paved the way for a major new terminal in 2013 and the airport has more international flights now. 

The value of all the properties in the airport portfolio was listed at $2.6 billion in its 2016 financial report, up from $2.39 billion the previous year. It made an operating profit of $216 million.

Since privatisation Canberra Airport precinct now comprises the terminal and Fairbairn RAAF base, as well as Brindabella Business Park and Majura Park, all of which have undergone extensive development.

The Canberra-based businessman, who started out as an accountant, is spending $100 million on a horse facility that would be his legacy project.

It caters for all equestrian sports, including dressage, showjumping, three-day-eventing, campdrafting and vaulting, according to the Australian Financial Review.

He has appointed COX Architecture for designing the custom-built horse park on Snow’s 860-hectare property, Willinga Park, at Bawley Point on the NSW south coast.

Snow wants the park to stage a variety of horse events, for which he intends to partner with leading equestrian organisations and attract corporate sponsorship, the AFR said. The private park has multiple arenas, a stable complex and showy hospitality space.

He’s also breeding pedigreed Australian Stock Horses with price tags averaging $11,000, whose sale is expected to help the costs of the park’s full-time staff.

The property comprises three Olympic-sized dressage arenas, one of which is undercover, plus a warm-up arena, the AFR recently noted.

It was Bob Snow and his two sons, Terry and George, who founded the forerunner to CPT in Canberra in the early 1980s. Terry Snow was the driving force behind Capital while his brother held  separate interests in two listed companies, Biron Corporation and Skansen Holdings.

Terry Snow, of Capital Property Trust, debuted with $70 million in 1993 when the 10 richest were: 

  1.  The Murdoch family         $4.5bn
  2.  Kerry Packer                $3 bn
  3.  Sidney Myer, Neilma Gantner and Marigold Southey  $820 m
  4.  David Hains                $750 m
  5.  Frank Lowy                 $670 m
  6.  The Smorgon family         $650 m
  7.  Lindsay Fox                $600 m
  8.  Richard Pratt              $550 m
  9.  John Gandel                $500 m
  10.  Solomon Lew                $500 m

 

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