Mr Bill Bowness AO  

Investor/Developer and Philanthropist

Bill Bowness BCOM FCPA FAPI FAICD HonDB was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland. Educated at Coorparoo State School, Brisbane State High School and The University of Queensland. Relocating to Melbourne in 1968, Bill’s initial work background was in banking and investment banking.
He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Melbourne based property developer Wilbow Corporation Pty Ltd. Formed in 1976, offices were subsequently established in Brisbane, Queensland, Dallas, United States and Auckland, New Zealand (1989 – 2004). The Australian operations were sold to a major public company in late 2006 and the Dallas operations retained and expanded. He is the Chair of Wilbow Group Pty Ltd. which is involved in various investments and developments in Australia and in property development in USA. Bill has been a Director of many peak industry bodies.
He is actively involved in various cultural, community and philanthropic activities. He was appointed a Member of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation and the Australian Ballet Foundation in 2010. He has been awarded Life Membership of both the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Ballet. Bill was also the Chair of the Monash Gallery of Art Committee of Management from 1998 to 2010 and is a Trustee of the Monash Gallery of Art Foundation.
In 2015, Bill received an Honorary Doctorate of Business from The University of Queensland for his distinguished service to the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland.
In 2017, Bill received the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the visual and performing arts through philanthropic contributions, fundraising and advisory roles, and to the building and construction industry.