"I'm really inspired to build a billion dollar company. The hardest part is building a vehicle to get you there"
Here are twenty Australian companies making it to the billion dollar valuation. Valuations change regularly but it's a pretty interesting list. Enjoy.
Valued at $95 billion, is a biopharmaceutical company best known for its blood plasma products such as immunoglobulin therapy and flu vaccines. The company was founded in 1916 as the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and now has operations across 27 countries with over 22,000 employees globally.
Valued at $29 billion, is a software company best known for its project management and collaboration tools, including Jira and Confluence. Founded in 2002 by college friends Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, the company now has a global presence with over 1,800 employees worldwide.
Valued at $27 billion, is a toll road operator best known for its CityLink highway in Melbourne and Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney. Founded in 1996, the company now operates toll roads across Australia and North America with over four million daily customer journeys.
Valued at $26 billion, is one of Australia's largest investment banks and diversified financial services companies. Founded in 1969 as a commodities trading business, Macquarie now operates across 25 countries with more than 14,000 employees.
Valued at $22 billion, is a shopping center operator best known for its Westfield brand of malls in the US and UK. The company was founded in 1959 by Frank Lowy and John Saunders and now operates 35 shopping centers across Australia, New Zealand, the US, and the UK with over 20,000 retail partners.
Valued at $15 billion, is a medical device company that specializes in the development of solutions for sleep-disordered breathing and chronic respiratory diseases. Founded in 1989, the company now serves over 6 million patients worldwide.
Valued at $13.5 billion, is a supply-chain logistics company best known for its CHEP pallet rental business and IFCO reusable plastic crates for fresh produce. Founded in 1875 as a producer of wooden crates, the company now operates in over 60 countries with over 14,000 employees globally.
Valued at $12.3 billion, is a medical device company that specializes in implantable hearing solutions. Founded in 1981, the company has helped transform the lives of over 450,000 people with hearing loss worldwide.
Valued at $10 billion, is one of Australia's largest integrated energy companies with a presence in electricity generation, retailing, and gas distribution. The company was founded in 1837 as the Australian Gas Light Company and now serves over 3.6 million customers across Australia.
James Hardie Industries
Valued at $8 billion, is a building materials company that specializes in fiber cement products such as external siding and internal linings for residential construction. The company was founded in 1888 and now operates across the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific with over 4,000 employees.
REA Group Ltd.
Valued at $5.6 billion, is an online real estate advertising business best known for its website realestate.com.au. The company was founded in 1995 and now operates across Australia, Asia, and Italy with over 1,000 employees globally.
Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.
Valued at $5.6 billion, is a gambling entertainment company with a presence in wagering, media, and gaming across Australia and New Zealand. The company was founded in 1994 through the merger of Tattersalls and the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) and now employs over 5,000 people globally.
Valued at $5 billion, is another successful Australian fintech startup that offers cloud-based accounting software. Founded in 2006, the company now serves over 1.8 million subscribers globally and has a presence in 180 countries.
TPG Telecom Ltd.
Valued at $5 billion, is a telecommunications provider offering internet, mobile, and network services to over 1.9 million customers across Australia. The company was founded in 1992 by current CEO David Teoh and now employs over 3,000 people nationally.
Flight Centre Travel Group
Valued at $5 billion, is a retail travel agency with a presence in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, and China. Founded in 1982 by current CEO Graham Turner, the company now employs over 20,000 people across its 2,500 locations worldwide.
Valued at $4 billion, is a software company that offers supply chain solutions for the logistics industry. Founded in 1994 by current CEO Richard White, the company has expanded rapidly and now serves over 12,000 customers in 150 countries.
Valued at $2 billion, is an online automotive classified advertising business best known for its website carsales.com.au. Founded in 1997, the company now operates across Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil with over 600 employees globally.
Valued at $1.9 billion, is a software company that offers computer-aided design tools for electronics designers. Founded in 1985, the company now has a global presence with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Valued at $1.8 billion, is a data center operator with facilities across Australia and Asia Pacific. Founded in 2010, the company now operates eight high-tech data centers offering cloud solutions to over 1,000 customers including government agencies and multinational corporations.
Vocus Group Ltd.
Valued at $1 billion, is a telecommunications and energy infrastructure provider operating across Australia and New Zealand with over 1 million customers. The company was founded in 2008 and has since acquired several other telecommunications companies, including Amcom and M2 Group.
There you have it - twenty Australian companies making it big on the global stage with their innovative products and services. From logistics to biopharmaceuticals to retail travel and beyond, these companies are paving the way for future success in a variety of industries.