The dark side of the rich list: Top businessmen are plagued with approaches from ‘sugar babies’ ‘making all kinds of suggestions’ after their vast wealth is revealed
- Australian Financial Review publishes a list of the country’s wealthiest people
- Successful businessmen inundated with messages from opportunistic women
- Billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes says there is no ‘upside’ to the Rich List
- A number of men on it are being messaged by ‘sugar babies’ when published
Successful businessmen who made the Financial Review’s Rich List have revealed they were subsequently targeted by gold-digging ‘sugar babies’.
Earlier this month, the publication printed its 200-person list of Australia’s wealthiest people.
But some Rich Listers have complained that being on the list is a dubious honour and comes with a lot of unwanted attention.
‘Over 50 or so women sent messages and emails to me making all kinds suggestions,’ one businessman told Good Weekend Magazine.
‘There seem to be a lot of ‘sugar babies’ seeking benefactors,’ another businessman said.
‘A young lady from Eastern Europe started up a conversation with me in a hotel lobby recently and asked if I would be interested in a sugar baby as she needed $10,000 for study costs.’
According to billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, the publication of the Rich List is the ‘worst time of the year’.
According to billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes (pictured), the ‘worst time of the year’ is when The Australian Financial Review publishes the 200-person long list
The CEO and co-founder of software company Atlassian said there’s no ‘upside’ to the list being published.
‘Unless you want to, kind of, show off in a weird way. But then, buy a freakin’ billboard, right?’ Mr Cannon-Brookes said.
Mr Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder of the Sydney-based collaboration software firm Atlassian.
He and co-CEO Scott Farquhar started the company after finishing their degrees and funded it with credit cards.
Mr Cannon-Brookes was listed as #215 on the Forbes Billionaires 2019 list, and #5 on Australia’s 50 Richest 2019.
There were 17 additions to the Rich List this year.
Successful businessmen are being inundated with messages from ‘sugar babies’ just hours after the publication of of the country’s wealthiest people list (stock image)