Fil-Australian, husband remain humble despite having billions in wealth


Filipino-Australian Melanie Perkins and her husband Cliff are good examples of tech billionaires who have remained humble and charitable.

Both started Canva that now has a market value of Aus$54 billion ($40 billion).

Canva is a graphic design platform for social media and gained popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. While the platform is free to use, the company earns from Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise.

However, despite their immense wealth, Perkins said they are not solely focused on accumulating wealth, as they have a foundation called Canva Foundation charity where about 30 percent of their money goes.

“If the whole thing was about building wealth that would be the most uninspiring thing I could possibly imagine,” Perkins, who traces her roots to the Philippines through her paternal grandmother, said in an interview with American finance website Forbes.

“It has felt strange when people refer to us as ‘billionaires’ as it has never felt like our money, we’ve always felt that we’re purely custodians of it,” she said in a blog post.

Currently, the couple’s wealth is valued at around $12 billion, and they are ranked second on the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) Young Rich List last year that estimated their wealth at $3.4 billion. Perkins and her husband are still in their thirties.

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