blog Ever wondered who actually runs top-tier Australian telco TPG? So have we. Your writer has been reporting on Australia’s telecommunications industry for almost a decade now and I’ve never met or spoken to reclusive TPG chief executive David Teoh, despite the fact that the executive runs one of Australia’s largest telcos and has a habit of buying others. Interestingly enough, a Business Review Weekly investigation has found that the Teoh family as a whole actually runs several dozen businesses. We recommend you click here for the full article. A sample paragraph:
“David Teoh jumps into his silver Lexus covering his face with a hat. He hits the gas and accidentally clips our photographer Nic Walker who tumbles to the ground. Teoh stops, asks Walker if he is OK, and on the condition the camera stays down he lowers his hat and explains he wants people to respect his privacy.”
I don’t have a problem with people wanting their own privacy, and there’s certainly no suggestion that David Teoh and his family have broken any laws. But I do feel that there’s a difference between the chief executive of a listed company wanting privacy and an individual without much in the way of material wealth or responsibilities wanting privacy. I’d like to see Teoh become more of a public figure, if possible. If only because it would make it easier to hold the executive and his powerful group of companies to account. But then, Teoh’s approach is also a challenge to journalists: Do some investigation and find out the truth. Kudos to BRW for doing so.