Australian billionaire Kerry Stokes is the owner of the yacht Antipodean.
He started in real estate development in his twenties. He was succesfull as a shopping mall developer.
Later he invested in a Caterpillar franchise, now called WesTrac. WesTrac sells Caterpillar mining equipment to companies such as Rio Tinto. WesTrac also sells equipment in China and is one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the world.
From the 1980’s Stokes started investing in media, such as the Seven Network, which owns Sky News Australia, Yahoo7! And Pacific Magazines. Together with the US private equity firm KKR, Stokes created the Seven West Media Group. Seven West Media is Australia's largest diversified media business. It owns the Seven Network, which is Australia's largest commercial television network. Part of the group is also West Australian Newspapers Holdings Ltd, which owns more than 20 regional newspapers and magazines.
Kerry Stokes lives in a large house in Dalkeith, near Perth, Western Australia. The house is situated on Swan River, which opens up to the Indian Ocean. In 2009 the value of the house was estimated at US$ 20 million.
Kerry Stokes is an active philanthropist, having donated several million dollars. Forbes estimates the net worth of Kerry Stokes at USD 2.1 billion (July 2017).
Stokes’ yacht Antipodean was built by Oceanfast to a design of Jon Bannenberg. In 2014 Pirates attacked the yacht Antipodean off the coast of Papua New Guinea. They stole cash, diving equipment and laptops. Kerry Stokes was not on board.
The yacht Antipodean was built by Oceanfast in 1987. She is designed by the late John Bannenberg and is known for her large round main deck windows. Antipodean can accommodate 8 guests and has a crew of 7. Her top speed is 20 knots. She is a sistership to Never Say Never, built in 1985.