Mr LJ Hooker is the owner and Chairman of LJ Hooker
Wednesday 15th September 2010
LJ Hooker - A Family Company!

Leslie Janusz Hooker is lucky he happens to be the only family member of the Hooker family of real estate fame to have the same initials as his grandfather LJ Hooker who started the company in 1928.

Having the same name as the company he is running helps give the business the personal angle ha has been going for since buying it for $100million, with a consortium of investors from corporate giant Suncorp, last year.

Australian real estate agency LJ Hooker has branches throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and some in the South Pacific. It is investing significant training in its staff to build it to be one of the top three agencies.

Oylmpic-medal winning Mr Hooker (he bagged a bronze medal for rowing in the 1996 games) is based at Bondi in his hometown of Sydney where he lives with his fiance and surfs regularly after years living overseas, many buying and selling property in Asia at New York real estate investment group WP Carey.

Asked how it feel's to have the business back in the family, LJ says it feels great! It's been a childhood dream of mine to get the company back under family control. This business was owned for 20 years by the institution Suncorp and real estate is really a people's business. So to have people owning a people's business makes a lot more sense and it's extraordinary to see how the culture's survived through those 20 years.Now with the individual and family ownership back in the business it's really flourishing, so it's a great time to be part of LJ Hooker.
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