Belfast-born Hill (75) emigrated to Australia at the age of 13 and made his fortune mining nickel in the 1970s. His high-end property development firm Chardan Development Group, which is primarily focused on developments along the Australian Sunshine Coast near Brisbane, has also prospered. In 2016 it won an award for a €550m lake and riverside development it began building in 2004, Sunshine Cove. Australia's property market has boomed in the past decade. A trusted team based in Perth manages his businesses, and he also provides litigation funding and advice for massive corporate legal cases, profiting when decisions go his way. Hill and his wife are keen collectors of art.