• Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Visy.
    Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Visy.

Visy owner Anthony Pratt is Australia's richest person, heading the billionaire's list for the third consecutive year, beating mining magnate Gina Rinehart on the Australian Financial Review's roundup of the country's 200 wealthiest people.

The head of Visy and associated entities is now worth $15.57bn, which is a substantial improvement of last year's $12.9bn, and comes, says the AFR, off the back of Donald Trump's corporate tax cuts, instant investment write-offs, and an uplift across the sector.

Pratt told AFR that he intends to keep Visy, and American arm Pratt Industries, as family-owned businesses. "There’s a culture in my family of work. Nobody actually told me I was going to go into the business, but it’s just a foreign concept not to," he said.

The Visy executive chairman has topped the Rich List since 2017, and this year came in ahead of Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart, who is worth $13.8bn. He called earlier this year for a "Minister for Food" in a speech at the Global Food Forum in Sydney.

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