The five richest families you know nothing about

Five of Australia's richest families took risks, made mistakes and won big but not many know their stories.

Australia’s 10 wealthiest families have a combined wealth of close to $17.5 billion, covering sectors that include retail, property, construction, resources and manufacturing. The 10 in the BRW rich families list are the Smorgons ($2.64 billion), the Besens ($2.1 billion), the Libermans ($2.1 billion), the Myers ($2.01 billion), the Wilsons ($1.83 billion), the Roberts family ($1.82 billion), the Wright family ($1.53 billion), the Salteris ($1.17 billion) and the Tiecks ($1.07 billion).

They receive lots of media but there are many others on the list who deserve our attention. Their stories are extraordinary tales of courage, risk-taking and, well, chutzpah in setting up their family business.

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