Businessman who cares about promoting the arts
IT IS hard to typecast Graham Smorgon, the well-known businessman who is increasingly active in public life, which has been recognised with an Australia Day honour for significant service to business, and to the community of Victoria.
Mr Smorgon initially worked for the Smorgon family's extensive interests and was appointed chairman in 1994 - replacing Victor Smorgon - when it had more than 6000 employees.
Subsequently, it was decided to split the assets among family members. Mr Smorgon was appointed to the board of Arrium, the former OneSteel, after it took control of the steel interests, and he holds a number of other board positions.
In the past decade he has emerged more publicly in a range of roles from the health field including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, but particularly in the arts as chairman of the Arts Centre Foundation. "I never sought any public recognition," he said.
Mr Smorgon, 63, is married with three children and one grandchild. He is a law graduate from Monash University.