Sir Bob Jones

PHOTO: KENT BLECHYNDENSir Bob Jones started as a commercial property investor in 1962 aged just 22, when he bought a building in Lower Hutt.

Whether they inherit money on a silver platter like Donald Trump or build their own business like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the super-rich derive their wealth in lots of different ways.

In New Zealand, the rich are getting richer. There are now more than 350 New Zealanders with more than $50 million in assets, according to the Inland Revenue. 

While $50m is a lot of money, it pales in comparison to the wealth amassed by some of our biggest success stories.

We take a look at some of New Zealand’s billionaires and how they made their fortunes. 

New Zealand’s richest man is worth more than $6.98 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire index. Like most people in the super-rich bracket, Hart earned his fortune in the world of finance. 

Hart owns Rank Group, a secretive private equity firm which has interests in the packaging, consumer goods, and building supplies sectors. Rank is a holding company for Hart’s assets.