James Packer is different from the other billionaires we have covered so far in this series of articles. You see, Packer was born rich – immensely, irrevocably, loaded, in fact. He makes our list not for the sake of the proverbial silver spoon that he came into the world clutching. He makes our list because, even with enough money to retire the day he was born, James Packer still went to work, pursuing his version of success every step of the way. In doing so, he has made his own billions.
Packer is a household name in Australia. Every would-be entrepreneur wants to catch his investing-savvy in a bottle and take it with them. The average Aussie can scarcely turn on the television without meeting with one of Packer’s media outlets.
Even worldwide audiences have recently seen something connected to Packer (whether they know it or not.) Packer’s indie film company, RatPac (formed between him and filmmaker Brett Ratner), brought the chilling space thriller, Gravity, to the big screen last year. Of course, Packer is hailed as a visionary for his early-2000s investments in China – helping propel that country to its status as an emerging, flourishing economy.
The man is everywhere. Packer ever-increasingly has a hand in everything, on a global scale. Sure, he had a helping hand from the outset (and a stroke of luck here and there along the way), but he is one of the most dynamic, intriguing, and formidable entrepreneurs on the planet.
With that in mind, here is a look at some of the business proposals that helped make James Packer the billionaire that he is today.