Self-made billionaire and Australian icon Bob Oatley has passed away 66



View Profile
Via Fairfax Media

The self-made Australian billionaire who helped bring yachting to national attention has died today. Bob Oatley is survived by his wife and three children, and will be greatly missed.

The coffee grower and winemaker made sailing a national love affair, with his yachting team Wild Oates winning eight Sydney to Hobart races over ten years.

Bob Oatley was the direct descendant of convicts transported to Australia for stealing bed linen, and yet he amassed a personal fortune of over $1 billion.

He will be much missed, especially amongst the boating and yachting communities. Rest in peace, Bob Oatley.

Share your thoughts below:

Starts at 60 Writers

The Starts at 60 writers team seek out interesting topics and write them especially for you.

  1. What an amazing life he had. A gentle old man. RIP Mr Oatley. Fair winds and smooth seas.

  2. RIP BOB OATLEY.Enjoy sailing as a young man once more . condolences to your family and your racing family.xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *