Market personalities: Here are the 4 that mean monumental business on the ASX

Nick Sundich Nick Sundich, May 12, 2023

There are a handful of people that are such famous market personalities that when they say or do anything, investors take notice. And with good reason.

In this article we outline 4 of the most prominent figureheads on the Australian bourse. These individuals have had success with several companies – as investors and as management – and any movements (or even comments) from them are regarded such substantial prominence by investors.


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4 of the most renowned market personalities on the ASX


Tim Goyder

As far as successful market personalities go, you can’t go much more successful than Tim Goyder. He is involved with not one, but two of the biggest successes of the ASX resources sector. Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR) and Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN), which have been multi-baggers off the back of major discoveries and made him a billionaire.

Liontown stumbled across the Kathleen Valley Lithium project, which contains 5.4Mt of lithium and will enter production in 2024. Chalice, meanwhile, found the Gonneville nickel-PGE deposit, which is the largest such find in Australian resources exploration history. It has 16Moz of 3E (platinum palladium and gold), 860kt of nickel, 520kt of copper and 3MT of nickel equivalent product.

Goyder also has stakes in DevEx Resources (ASX:DEV) and Strike Energy (ASX:STX) as well as Minerals 260 (ASX:MI6) and Falcon Minerals (ASX:FAL), which are demergers from Liontown and Chalice respectively. You could say business runs in the Goyder family given his cousin Richard is the chairman of Qantas (ASX:QAN) and the AFL.


Solomon Lew

Solomon Lew best known today for being the Chairman of the Premier Investments Group, which has stakes in several retail outlets including a 25% stake in Myer (ASX:MYR) and a 25% stake in Breville (ASX:BRG). He has also served as a director of nine public companies and is one of Australia’s most influential corporate leaders.

He built his sizable wealth over the years through investments in several large and successful retail-related businesses, such as Just Jeans, Portmans, Jay Jays, and Smiggle. ASX shareholders who’ve followed this market personality would have made spectacular returns. Including dividends, Premier has delivered total shareholder returns of over 1100% since August 2008.


Bevan Slattery

Bevan Slattery is an influential personality in the technology and telecommunications industry. He is the founder of a number of successful companies (listed and non-listed), including Superloop, Megaport, NextDC and Airtree Ventures.

Although he hasn’t been involved with NextDC (ASX:NXT) for about a decade, he remains involved with Megaport (ASX:MP1) on a day to day basis. His biggest success was with Pipe Networks that was acquired by TPG in 2010 for $373m.

Slattery also has made investments in other companies – most notably Pointerra (ASX:3DP) and Intellihr in 2020 which sent shares in both companies skyrocketing. He made a successful exit from IntelliHR a couple of months ago as it was bought at 24c per share – nearly 6 times the price he bought in at less than 3 years ago.


Paul Hopper

Paul Hopper has been a market personality in the biotech sector for over 20 years. His biggest success was Viralytics, which was bought by Merck for A$502m in 2018. He is involved with several biotech companies today, including Imugene (ASX:IMU), Prescient Therapeutics (ASX:PTX), Chimeric Therapeutics (ASX:CHM) and Radiopharm Theranostics (ASX:RAD).

Between 2005 and 2014 he was an investment banker in the USA and in addition to the ASX companies he was involved in, he helped in the corporate development of a number of NASDAQ and private companies.


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