Ilhan, John

Posted Nov 1, 2006      •Permalink      • Printer-Friendly Version Bookmark and Share

John Ilhan, is the founder of Crazy John’s mobile phone retail chain and the richest Australian under 40 years of age (2003). He is an Australian Muslim of Turkish descent.

Ilhan was born in 1965 in Yozgat, Turkey and moved to Australia with his family when he was three. He grew up in working-class Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north-west. After one year at university and a stint as a salesman at Ford, Ilhan took a sales job at the phone and electrical retailer Strathfield Car Radios. He left in 1991 to set up his own mobile-phone shop, right across the road from Strathfield’s store in inner-city Brunswick. After expanding the business into Australia’s biggest Telstra mobile dealership, with 18 stores in Victoria, Ilhan opened a handful of stores in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

He was ranked 1st in Business Review Weekly’s Australia’s Young Rich List 2003, with a fortune of $200 million.

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