Holmes à Court, Robert

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Holmes à Court, Robert Gender: M
Michael Robert Hamilton Holmes à Court
born on 27 July 1937 at 14:20 (= 2:20 PM )
Place Johannesburg, South Africa, 26s15, 28e0
Timezone EET h2e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 04°02' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 22°09 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 20°44'


Australian entrepreneur, who became Australia's first billionaire. Educated at the University of Western Australia, where he earned his law degree, he began his legal practice in December 1967. With a background of family wealth, he made his own move into the world of finance in 1970 by gaining control of Western Worsted and Woolen Mills Ltd. At the height of his success, Holmes a Court owned 44.5% of his Bell Group Ltd, which had an estimated value of $650 million. During the '1980s, he bought substantial parcels of shares in various companies until 19 October 1987 when he was hit hard with the stock market crash. In mid-1988 he sold most of his shares in the Bell Group and aborted a planned takeover of the John Fairfax group. In 1985, Business Review Weekly named him Australia's richest man with a net worth of $300 million.

He put together a valuable art collection and he was successfully involved in horse breeding and racing.

Holmes à Court married Janet Lee on 18 May 1966. They have four children (Peter, Paul, Simon, Catherine). Holmes à Court's mother Ethnee died at the age of 98 in May 2014.

Robert Holmes à Court died of a heart attack in Perth, Australia on the morrning of 2 February 1990, aged 53.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Hasluck, Nicholas (born 17 October 1942). Notes: Law practice partnership
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Murdoch, Rupert (born 11 March 1931). Notes: Business rivals


  • Relationship : Marriage 18 May 1966 (Janet Lee, 24 years)
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  • Work : New Career December 1967 (Began legal practice)
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  • Work : Start Business 1970 (Gained significant shares in Western Worsted)
  • Financial : Best Period 1985 (Named as Australia's wealthiest man)
  • Financial : Lose significant money 19 October 1987 (Hit hard with stock market crash)
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  • Financial : Investments 1988 (Sold most of shares)
  • Death by Heart Attack 2 September 1990 in Perth (Age 53)
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  • Death of Mother 30 April 2014 (Ethnee Holmes à Court, aged 98)
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Source Notes

Dennis Sutton quotes a time from Holmes a Court's mother, given in Sutton's 50 Australian charts, published 1996


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Affluent family)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (24 years)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Stocks, Bonds (Shares and acquistions)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Financial crisis (Hit hard in stock market crash)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (Australia's first billlionaire / richest person)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Extensive art collection)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Misc. : Animal Breeder/Trainer (Horse breeding and racing)