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Jack Zhang says he is in no hurry for Airwallex to go public.

Airwallex’s Jack Zhang: ‘Going public is optional for us’ 

It’s under fire over 15-hour days and concerns about its Beijing connections, but the payments company is on a roll.

  • Michael Bailey

A pair of statement heels landed this uni dropout on the Young Rich List

Argylica Conditsis’ business started when she couldn’t find bedazzled shoes. This year, she and brother William debut on the list of Australia’s most wealthy under 40.

  • Eugenie Kelly

The 16 new faces on the Young Rich List

One made a fortune from glittery statement dresses, another sold up to Sam Bankman-Fried just in time. The newest self-made 40-and-unders are a mixed bag.

  • Michael Bailey

One of the fastest growing categories for Young Rich Listers – vanity

Australian beauty brands have pushed out the established labels, from toothpaste to tanning, with a little product innovation and a lot of savvy marketing.

  • Lauren Sams

The green energy multimillionaires taking over the Young Rich List

US-based investor and Young Rich List debutant Gregory Green made an estimated $100 million after selling his share of a landfill gas developer.

  • Michael Bailey

This Month

This Young Rich Lister loves psychedelics, crypto – and art

Prash Puspanathan, an early adopter of cryptocurrency, has commissioned a giant robot for his pool.

  • Michael Bailey
Adrian Portelli is one of the debutants on this year’s Young Rich list.

Lambo-loving Young Rich lister is a ‘shy person’

Known for his attention-seeking stunts and love of sports cars, Adrian Portelli has rocketed into the Young Rich List. But his business is under scrutiny.

  • Tony Davis and Michael Bailey

‘Sublime conditions’: how La Nina paid off for a top Aussie wine label

Two decades after embarking on a passion project atop a foggy hill, Brian Croser is pouring pinot noir and chardonnay that show the benefits of cooler vintages.

  • Max Allen

Why this pine stool is a design standout of 2023

A piece of furniture with a carved curved seat has been chosen as this year’s chair at MPavilion, a summer-long architecture and design festival in Melbourne.

  • Stephen Todd

Here’s what went down at Australia’s first prestige watch fair

The Financial Review’s About Time horological event offered vintage treats, new timepieces and a chance to mingle with other enthusiasts.

  • Bani McSpedden
They weren’t just preludes to a new season, but a way to show customers what the brand stood for.

Stores are releasing print catalogues again. Here’s why

Mail-order product publications, a staple of ’80s and ’90s department outlets, are back in fashion. Younger generations may be unaware it’s a comeback.

  • Lauren Sams


Australia’s 10 most powerful people in 2023

Government, the ultimate power in this country, is being shaped by very different political forces than those brought to bear at the 2022 election.

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  • Tom McIlroy

The Shovel’s satirical take on the PwC affair

Has outsourcing public service matters fallen out of favour and should the federal government pivot for a quick win?

  • James Schloeffel

Australia’s most powerful people in education in 2023

There are significant changes ahead for the way children are taught in schools and the cross-section of students at universities.

  • Julie Hare

We asked ChatGPT to write for the Power issue. How did it go?

Each year, experts decide who holds the reins in Australia. The high-stakes ritual unfolds in a secretive meeting that feels part think tank, part reality show.

  • ChatGPT
An AI-generated image of Margot Robbie at the prime minister’s desk that used a real photo of Scott Morrison as a reference.

What we learnt when making AI images for the 2023 Power issue

Our team taught artificial intelligence to make portraits, like this one of Margot Robbie. The results show how it’s learning about 21st-century culture.

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  • Matthew Drummond

The power pivot: Albanese in front, teals are gone

With unions on the march, the Greens on the up and support for the Voice trending down, the federal government has hit rocky terrain.

  • Phillip Coorey

The 10 most covertly powerful people in Australia in 2023

Those who wield the most clout behind the scenes in the nation’s business and politics.

  • Tom McIlroy

The power of data: What skyscrapers tell you about a country’s clout

As Australia rises on the global stage, the man behind the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index reveals his indicators of prestige and real influence.

  • Lisa Murray

The power of data: here’s what the Financial Review knows about you

You probably just read about house prices. If we’re doing our jobs, you’ll peruse this too.

  • Lauren Vadnjal

The 10 most culturally powerful people in Australia in 2023

What does it mean to be Australian today? Here are the 10 people who made the biggest mark on culture this year, as chosen by the Power panel.

  • Lisa Murray

‘Don pulls strings’: Meet the Albanese government’s key powerbroker

Don Farrell might not be in the prime minister’s inner circle, but his tacit support is vital.

  • Phillip Coorey

Sheilas, blue heelers and a scene stealer: cultural power in 2023

The people who are behind a new era for women’s sport in Australia, an unlikely feminist icon and the first arts policy in decades.

  • Lisa Murray and Matthew Drummond

Australia’s top five powerbrokers in the law for 2023

In what has been a transformative year for the sector, these are the nation’s most influential legal leaders.

  • Michael Pelly

The power of data: How popular was Succession? It’s secret. Here’s why

Never before has so much information been collected on your viewing habits, and yet less and less is known about what you are watching.

  • Zoe Samios