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Jeff Chapman’s Bennelong Group has grown funds under management by 25 per cent this year to $4 billion, providing a neat fillip to his overall wealth. Not that Chapman keeps it all. Profits from Bennelong Funds Management group go directly to the Bennelong Foundation, which Chapman set up in 2002. The foundation awarded 27 grants last year, mostly to youth and indigenous causes. Chapman, who also has homes in the UK, made his first fortune in the 1990s in media and television production.
He listed his Sportsworld Media Group on the London Stock Exchange in 1998, selling his stake for $200 million on the eve of the dotcom crash. He came back to Melbourne, set up Bennelong, bought back some of the assets cut loose when Sportsworld collapsed and set about building his second fortune.
Chapman’s other assets include the Crown Content group, which publishes Who’s Who in Australia – a listing that does not include its private owner.