Meet Australia’s Wealthiest Young Couple: Melanie Perkins And Cliff Obrecht Top The Rich List With $16.5 Billion Fortune

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Only in their 30’s — Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht are Australia’s richest young couple, carrying a combined net worth of $16.5 billion.

Australia’s Wealthiest Young Couple

When Australian entrepreneur Melanie Perkins and her husband Cliff Obrecht started their tech company, they did so in her mother’s living room in Perth. Little did they know then that their business would one day be worth billions of dollars.

After 12 years, the couple has reached the top of Australian Financial Review’s Young Rich List for 2022 with an impressive $16.5 billion from their software company, Canva.

The young business moguls still secured the top spot in the coveted financial ranking, despite their fortune plummeting by a whopping $2.8 billion in the past year.

Perkins, 35, and Obrecht, 36, who married in January 2021, were far wealthier than Zambrero Mexican founder Sam Prince, 38. Perkins and Obrot had a combined net worth of $2.4 billion, while Prince sat in third place with only $1.2 billion.

The husband-wife team started Canva in just a few years and turned it into a billion-dollar tech company. At only 30 years old, Perkin was named one of the tech sector’s youngest female CEOs.

“My mum’s living room became my office, and my boyfriend became my business partner,” Perkins shared in an interview.

Despite their staggering fortune, Perkins and Obrecht are as down-to-earth as they come. They still live pretty modest life and want to donate much of their wealth to charity.

“We actually spend most of our money on philanthropy,” said Perkins. “There’s so much more we want to do to help those in need.”

Whether funding social enterprises, underprivileged communities, or supporting women entrepreneurs, the couple works tirelessly to give back and make a difference. Their next goal is even bigger: “We are aiming to become Australia’s first trillionaires by the time we reach our 50s,” said Perkins.

With their inspiring story, determination and passion for helping others, it’s clear that Perkins and Obrecht are destined to succeed.

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