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David Clarke, 1995 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 49.4 cm x 50.0 cm, image: 45.5 cm x 46.0 cm)

David Clarke AO (1942-2011), businessman and philanthropist, was the co-founder of Macquarie Bank and its executive chairman from 1985 to 2007. Clark grew up in Sydney, attending Knox and studying economics at the University of Sydney, where he played rugby. (Later, he was chairman of the Australian Rugby Union.) Beginning his career as a broker with the business that became Ord Minnett, he worked his way up to executive chairman at Hill Samuel Australia by 1984. Through negotiations with the British owners of Hill Samuel Australia, Clarke was able to secure an Australian banking licence for a new bank, called Macquarie, of which he became executive chairman in 1985. Macquarie’s extraordinary success and growth is often attributed to Clarke’s ability to select top staff, and encourage individual initiative within the business framework. Beside his personal energetic involvement with, for example, the Salvation Army and Opera Australia (of which he was chair for nine years), under his leadership the Macquarie Group Foundation and Macquarie staff contributed more than $145 million to community organisations worldwide, and carried out thousands of hours of volunteer and pro bono work. In 1988 he established the Pooles Rock winery in the Hunter Valley, extending his operations with the purchase of the Glen Elgin Estate at Pokolbin in 2002; his chardonnay, semillon and pinot noir won many awards and the winery’s restaurant, Rock, was renowned as one of the finest in regional New South Wales. His love of the region led to his public opposition to coal seam gas mining, but after his death the property was sold to mining interests. In the Macquarie Group Foundation’s tribute to Clarke, published in April 2011, many grieving business, charitable and cultural sector leaders reflected on the legacies of his generous way of being.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018
© Gary Ede

Accession number: 2018.118

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Gary Ede (age 49 in 1995)

David Clarke AO (age 53 in 1995)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.