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How Nick Politis went from Kythera to becoming one of Australia’s billionaires

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Nick Politis is a migrant from the Greek island of Kythera who has helped save rugby league in Australia and turned a single car dealership into a $2 billion fortune.

In a special article for The Sydney Morning Herald, the life of Politis has been examined in detail, with many of his close friends sharing what they think about the charismatic businessman.

Politis was born to George and Argyro Politis on Kythera in 1941, only months after the Germans took over the island during WWII.

At the end of the war, Politis and his family arrived in Australia when he was eight. They ran a cafe in the remote town of Blackall and Politis was given a sister, Maria.

Nick Politis.

From an early age, a strong work ethic was instilled in him.

Now, Politis is one of Australia’s least-known billionaires. He’s 80, of modest height and does yoga four times a week. He also happens to be one of the most powerful men in rugby league as the Chairman of the Sydney Roosters, and is the most influential person in the Australian car industry.

How?

“You’ve got to be honest with people, first of all, and you have got to care about people,” Politis says in the interview.

“In business, it’s all about having good employees, and showing a lot of faith in them. It works. It’s the same with a football team.”

FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

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