Robert Holmes à Court
|Robert Holmes à Court|
|Born||Michael Robert Hamilton Holmes à Court|
27 July 1937
|Died||2 September 1990 (Age 53)|
Robert Holmes à Court (27 July 1937 – 2 September 1990) was a grand nephew of William Frederick Holmes à Court, 3rd Baron Heytesbury and 2nd great grandson of William Henry Holmes à Court, 2nd Baron Heytesbury, and was a South African-born Australian entrepreneur who became the country's first billionaire, before dying suddenly of a heart attack in 1990 at the age of 53.
Holmes à Court was one of the world's most feared corporate raiders through the 1980s, having built his empire single-handedly from virtually nothing to a diversified resources and media group with an estimated worth prior to the 1987 stockmarket crash of about A$2 billion. Shareholders in the company enjoyed enormous investment growth. 1984 saw Robert Holmes à Court's owned horse Black Knight, win the Melbourne Cup with a time 3:18:19.
Holmes à Court died intestate and his estate was to be divided one third for his widow Janet (née Ranford), and the remainder equally among their four children.
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