Michael Cannon-Brookes (born November 1979) is an Australian billionaire, the co-founder and co-CEO of the software company Atlassian. Cannon-Brookes often carries the epithet of accidental billionaire after he and his business partner Scott Farquhar founded Atlassian with the simple aim of replicating the then-typical graduate starting salary of A$48,000 at the big corporations without having to work for someone else.
Mike Cannon-Brookes was born in November 1979, the son of a global banking executive, also named Mike, and his wife, Helen. He was educated at Cranbrook School in Sydney, and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a bachelor's degree in information systems on a UNSW Co-op Scholarship.
With Scott Farquhar, Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Computer Science and Engineering. Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar were recognised as the Australian IT Professional of the Year award in 2004, and Australian 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year. Cannon-Brookes was also honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.
Alongside his business partner, Farquhar, Cannon-Brookes debuted on the 2007 BRW Young Rich list of the richest Australians aged under 40; and on the BRW Rich 200 in 2013 with an estimated net worth of A$250 million. In 2016, his net worth was estimated by Forbes on the list of Australia's 50 Richest people as US$1.69 bn; by BRW Rich 200 as A$2.00 bn; and by the Sunday Times Rich List as GB£906 million.
Australia's 50 Richest
|Rank||Net worth (A$)||Rank||Net worth (US$)||Rank||Net worth (GB£)|
|2013||190||$0.25 billion||n/a||not listed|
|2014||35||$1.07 billion||n/a||not listed|
|2015||42||$1.14 billion||25||$1.10 billion|
|2016||18||$2.00 billion||14||$1.69 billion||£906 million|
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