Brian White has told the story privately several times, but never to the world. Despite being in the business for over 50 years Brian had not done a sit down media interview until recently, when he met with The Australian to tell the story of his family heritage.
More than 100 years ago, in the small Queensland country town of Crows Nest in the heart of the Darling Downs, Ray White established a real estate firm that would go on to become Australia’s largest residential agency, with over 1,000 offices around the world across New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Indonesia and India, Middle East as well as Australia.
But among the success, the White family has certainly never forgotten its roots. Each of Brian White’s sons has pivotal roles in the business. Since 2001, Dan White has led the family’s business specialist investment and advisory firm now called White & Partners.
Last month Ray White attended the invite-only World Economic Forum event in Davos, Switzerland, which included 150 of the most influential international family business leaders. Ray White was the inaugural winner for the most effective real estate brand campaign of 2016. Adding to the infinite achievements of 2016 Ray White also made the accounting firm’s list of the top 50 family business in the world. It was the only Australian firm to make the cut.
The Ray White Group saw property sales amount to $44 billion in 2016, a 10 per cent increase over the previous year. Very few multibillion-dollar family companies in Australia have successfully extended to the fourth generation, making Ray White unique in business traditions.
At White & Partners our approach is based on the same family values. We believe in investing in great people doing great things in the property industry.