Lowy at the Australian Football Awards in October 2011
22 October 1930 |
FiÄ¾akovo, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
|Residence||Point Piper, Sydney, Australia|
|Known for||owner of Leeds United July 2016|
A$8.26 bn (2016 BRW Rich 200)
|Board member of||
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Lowy OAM|
The loss of my father was the most traumatic event in my life – I can't forget the pain.
Money is misunderstood. The fact is if you want to be successful – the money will follow you. If you are a doctor, something else will follow you. If you are successful, there is an accompaniment. If your goal is just to make money, you won't succeed. Money is a commodity to use, not to be dictated by.
I don't think of myself as a hard man, but other people may think otherwise. You know you have obligations to do the best you can for people, for your job, for your shareholders… it all has to be balanced between the hardness and the softness.
I am 84 years old and have not retired because I feel I have something to contribute.
I work all the time; whatever I do, I do it, and I don't necessarily look at it as work. You could say the Auschwitz project was work, or the Lowy Institute is work, or Westfield is work, or the football is work. It is life.
So many times I wanted to go to Auschwitz, but I couldn't take up the courage to go there.
The human being is very resourceful. When you fight for survival, you don't think much; you just do. If you think too much, you sink.
From morning when I wake up until I go to sleep, I am working. I go to bed and I want to switch off, but the brain doesn't switch off.
What is it to enjoy life? Sit at the beach? No. What it is is that you have to do something, you have be productive, make a contribution to the society, to the family, to yourself.