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Paul Joseph Ramsay AO 1936-2014
The Paul Ramsay Foundation was established by Australian businessman, Paul Ramsay. When he passed away, he left a bequest worth approximately $3 billion to the Foundation.
Paul Ramsay was a leading Australian businessman. After starting out as a land surveyor in Bowral, NSW, Paul established a private psychiatric clinic in Sydney in 1964. From this beginning Ramsay Health Care continued to grow through the 1970s and 80s, building hospitals across Australia, the USA, the UK and Hong Kong.
In 1997, Ramsay Health Care successfully floated on the Australian Stock Exchange. It’s now one of the world’s largest private hospital operators, with 212 hospitals located in Australia, the UK, France, Indonesia and Malaysia. It employs more 50,000 staff, treats over 2 million patients each year, and is well respected in the healthcare industry for operating high quality private hospitals.
In addition to his influential role in healthcare, Paul was one of the initiators of regional television aggregation in Australia. He built stations across regional Australia, which today form the Prime Television Network, with a potential audience of more than 5.1 million people.
Throughout his career, Paul was a generous benefactor to a variety of educational, cultural, artistic and sporting organisations, and formed the Paul Ramsay Group, which encompassed a range of other business interests including media, property and agribusiness.
In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Paul was conferred an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community.
At the time of his passing, in 2014, Paul was the chairman and major shareholder of Ramsay Health Care Limited, Prime Media Group Limited and the Paul Ramsay Group.
He’s remembered by his friends, family, colleagues and employees as a true gentleman and a proud, but humble, Australian.