Gai Waterhouseis the first lady of Australian racing. The daughter of famous trainer, TJ Smith, Waterhouse has eclipsed her father’s records in the industry having won over 100 Group One races, seven Sydney premierships, the 2013 Melbourne Cup and countless other accolades. It hasn’t come easily though. Interviewed while training more than 300 horses at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Waterhouse is erudite and opinionated. She talks frankly about the importance of her upbringing and family support.
2. Alby Mangels
Alby Mangels dropped out of school at 14 to be by his sick mother’s side. Estranged from his father and with little money, he packed his bags and set off on a six-year adventure. World Safari was born, followed by adventure documentaries World Safari II and III. Guys wanted to be him and girls wanted to be with him. Interviewed in his hand-built home in remote SA, Mangels has a refreshing take on success and the role it has played in shaping his career and character.
3. Jess Watson OAM
Jess Watson OAMis the youngest person to have sailed non-stop unassisted around the world, having done so in 2010 at the age of 16. The former Young Australian of the Year has led the way for young people to be bold and chase their dreams. Interviewed on her home turf on the Sunshine Coast, Watson explains what it took to achieve her goals at such a young age.
4. The Hon. Michael Kirby AC
The Honourable Michael Kirby AChas been an engaging and outspoken servant of the law for over 50 years, forging a career in the industry like few others. He established the Australian Law Reform Commission, served for 15 years as a High Court judge and currently sits on the Eminent Persons Board amongst other posts. Interviewed in his Sydney chambers, Kirby talks about the difficulties of overcoming the prejudices of society to make it as a gay judge and how to best seize opportunities.
5. Dr. Fiona Wood AM
Dr Fiona Wood AM is a plastic surgeon and director of the Royal Perth Hospital burns unit. The 2005 Australian of the Year was propelled into the spotlight after the 2002 Bali Bombing when she led a team working to save 28 patients suffering from between 2 and 92 per cent body burns. Interviewed in Perth’s Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, Wood talks about how being an outlier has played to her advantage.
6. Alan Bond
Alan Bond was a polarising entrepreneur known for his high-profile business dealings, and what was at the time the biggest corporate collapse in Australian history; for his bankrolling the successful bid for the 1983 America’s Cup; and also for a criminal conviction that saw him serve four years in prison. Interviewed in his Perth Mansion, Bond talks openly about his appetite for risk and where he made his biggest mistakes along the way. This was Bond's last ever interview.
7. Simon McKeon AO
Simon McKeon AOhas led a distinguished career both in investment banking and philanthropy. He was Executive Chairman of Macquarie Bank, Chairman of AMP Bank and the CSIRO as well as a director of World Vision and the Millennium for Development Foundation. The 2011 Australian of the Year was interviewed at Macquarie Bank’s Melbourne office, where he provides worldly insights into what drives him to split his time between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
8. Germaine Greer
Germaine Greeris one of Australia’s most vocal writers and academics. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, bringing her both adulation and opposition. Greer is commonly considered the leading feminist of the mid-20th century. Interviewed at her former stomping ground, Melbourne University, Greer is challenged by the rigid questions but this only makes for more intriguing viewing as she stubbornly imparts pearls of wisdom.
9. Gerry Harvey
Gerry Harveyis the undisputed retail king of Australia. He founded one of the most profitable businesses to list on the ASX, Harvey Norman, and has since ventured into other industries such as agriculture, horse racing and mining. Interviewed at his privately owed horse auctions on the Gold Coast, the Magic Millions, Harvey is captivating. A deep thinker, he expresses the need for people to take risks early in their careers to break away.
10. Pat Rafter
Pat Rafter is one of Australia’s most successful tennis players of the modern era. A former world number one, two-time US Open singles champion, Australian Open doubles Champion and current captain of the Davis Cup team, Rafter is a star. Hugh and Jack meet him at Bondi Beach where he explains the need for hard work, dedication and strict prioritisation to reach the top of the sport.