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Victor Smorgon
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Industrialist, Born 1913, Heidelberg Ukraine, Died 2009

Victor Smorgon is one of Australia's most successful industrial entrepreneurs. His life today is in great contrast to his boyhood in Russia, where he saw the dramatic end of the tsarist regime and the dawn of communism. His childhood life was one of poverty, starvation and anti-semitic attacks against his family.

In his early teens his family migrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne. Victor's father and uncles established a kosher butcher shop in Carlton and this became the humble foundation of the giant enterprise that Victor's entrepreneurial genius subsequently created. The story of the expansion of the business into meat exporting, plastics, glass and steel is a fascinating one and Victor tells it with characteristic verve and energy.

In this lively interview, Victor Smorgon reveals the secrets of his great success in business as he recounts his extraordinary life. He explains just why he has become almost as well known for his philanthropy in medicine and the arts as he is for his business acumen. His humour, optimism, creativity and great capacity to seize what opportunities life presents are on full display.



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