Sir Justin Hickey (5 April 1920 â€“ 21 August 2005) was an Australian businessman, insurance executive and philanthropist. His father Simon Hickey was a New South Wales Labor politician.
Early life and education
Hickey was born in a working class suburb of Sydney, where he attended De La Salle College. He reportedly left school at the age of 14 to work in a factory.
He became wealthy by founding Accident Insurance, which became Australia's largest privately owned insurer.Burke's Peerage profile (access restricted)
He and his wife, Lady Barbara Hickey, owned the Lady Barbara, a superyacht built in 1983, now known as Emerald Lady. Their home was Bartinon, a mansion standing on of land, once Queensland's most expensive home, located on Marseille Court in the exclusive Sorrento area of Australia's Gold Coast. It was built for about $8 million in the 1980s and sold in 1998.http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2008/05/22/11433_gold-coast-boating.html Hickey, a sailor and raconteur who staunchly supported the Australian National Party, told an ABC Four Corners program in 1982 that he was knighted after giving $100,000 towards the construction of a senior citizens' hospice in Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's electorate. Hickey replied to a question regarding the confluence of the contribution and the knighthood by saying "I paid the hundred thousand before I received the knighthood."www.investmentadvisor.com
Courier Mail report
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