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Ray White’s chairman receives Australia Day honours

By Melissa Feijoo

Ray White Group’s chairman Brian White was appointed an Officer for the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2015 for distinguished service to business, through leadership in the real estate industry.

Ray White remains a family owned and led business 113 years since the company was founded. Today, Ray White spans nine countries and turns over more than $27 billion each year and Mr White says the power of family has played an enormous role in the success of the business.

“This is a great endorsement that family business is worth perseverance. The strength and depth of a family company enables a consistency that consumers can relate to,” he said.

The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level and nominations are encouraged from all members of the Australian public.

Describing himself as a “custodian” of the family business, Mr White is enjoying watching his sons succeed as leaders within the company.

“Often people start a family business and then sell it. The joy I’ve got most is seeing my sons embrace the values that were part of the establishment of the business all those years ago.”

Mr White was also recognised for his contribution to the arts as a patron, supporter and donor. He has supported the Queensland Art Gallery as well as a number of ­private galleries in the city, for decades.

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