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Jeff Chapman AM - Bangarra Family Office


30 March 2023
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Jeff Chapman AM - Bangarra Family Office

Jeff Chapman AM - Bangarra Family Office

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Joining our series for his first ever in-depth interview is special guest - Jeff Chapman AM, Founder & Chairman of Bangarra Family Office & Bennelong Funds Management.

As one of Australia’s most successful business & philanthropic figures, Jeff’s remarkable career and influence extends across a diverse range of industries, including professional sports, media production, property development, funds management & global equities.

Born in the New South Wales town of Glen Innes in 1948, Jeff moved to Melbourne and attended Carey Grammar, wherein his sporting prowess was quickly recognised by his peers and culminated in him being appointed the school’s Football Captain.

Upon graduation, Jeff signed with the Hawthorn Football Club for one season before transferring to the Melbourne Football Club in 1966.

At the conclusion of his professional sporting career, Jeff transitioned into business, founding Sportsworld Media Group, an integrated production house that developed television programs, live broadcast events & magazines in 1991 before expanding the firm in Britain where it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1998.

Following the sale of his stakes in the business upon it’s listing, and again two years later, Jeff launched his investment vehicle Bennelong Group in 2000 with a mandate of investing in businesses and operating real estate across England, the Middle East & Australia.

Over the ensuing two decades, Bennelong Group established itself as one of the Country’s most prolific investors, deploying capital across a range of sectors and industries including golf courses, commercial real estate projects and equities.

Launched in 2002 as a division of Bennelong Group, Jeff launched Bennelong Funds Management, a global investment company that partners with boutique asset managers across the World and that now has in excess of $15bn of assets under management across ten boutiques and six offices.

Jeff is also a highly respected philanthropist via the Bennelong Foundation in which his share of the profits from Bennelong Funds Management are channelled into a range of charitable causes in both Australia and the UK, with over fifty projects and seven-hundred grants distributed with an end value of in excess of $15m.

Through the Bangarra Family Office, Jeff manages his extensive investment interests including in Crown Golf, Bennelong Funds Management & his commercial property holdings.

Our exclusive discussion explores Jeff’s background, his professional football career, the rise of Sportsworld Media Group, his diversification into real estate and the significant rise and success of his global funds management house.

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