RICH PICKINGS: The power of two

A growing number of entrepreneurs and rich listers are finding fame in pairs, and while many are family members there are also some other enduring and fascinating couplings.

When looking for future members of the rich list, it always pays to keep an eye on the fast-growth companies coming through the ranks. The top 50 from StartupSmart's recent StartupSmart Awards looks like fertile ground to me, with half of the companies on the list hitting the $1 million revenue mark in their first four years of operation.

There are some great trends from the list, but one I picked up was a shift towards starting companies in partnership – 31 of the top 50 companies had more than one founder.

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