Robin Murphy's two Alan Bonds

After selling his business for $1 million Robin Murphy was able to buy it back with the loose change in his pocket -- just two dollars. Lightning struck again when he picked up another business out of the bargain bin.

In 1984 Robin Murphy sold his bridge building business, Construct Pty Ltd, to a Danish concern called Christiani and Nielsen for $1 million, back when a million was a million. A couple of years before that, my wife and I bought our first house for $24,900; that place is now worth 50 times what we paid, and yes, we should have kept it.

Three years later Robin bought his business back for $2.



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