And to this, I say: challenge accepted.
Yes, I’m talking about Michael Goonan who is the ‘Company Director’ of Adelaide Ice. Paired with mum-of-two, Stacey Hampton, he says he’s been working since he was 12, before becoming a millionaire at 24.
“I can’t remember a week since when I was 12, a week when I wasn’t working. I’m the director of a cold-storage and food manufacturing business,” he tells audiences in his MAFS introduction package.
“When I was 24 years old, I was able to afford a property over one million dollars.”
In short, he’s rich. Like really, really, crazy rich.
But we needed to know more and so we Googled. A lot.
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The LinkedIn search
Covering our initial bases, we got on LinkedIn.
However, nothing came up. Disappointed but unperturbed, we continued.
Next up, Google.
A quick Google search revealed a few articles mentioning the name Michael Goonan and Adelaide Ice. This was when we made our first discovery: THERE ARE TWO MICHAEL GOONANS.
From what we can gather, Michael Goonan (from MAFS) also has a dad called… Michael Goonan. It looks like his dad was a Scottish businessman who went from running nursing homes in the UK to owning South Australia’s biggest ice-manufacturing and distribution company – Adelaide Ice.
According to a 2016 interview with Migration Solutions, he moved to Australia in 2000 (when Michael was around eight). That’s when he bought Reliable Ice which he renamed to Adelaide Ice before transforming it to the company it now is.
“Initially in 2000 we opened an online grocery shopping company – and whilst it was initially successful, a combination of the dot.com decline in 2000, and possibly being too early in the marketplace, meant that it didn’t end up playing out as a long-term proposition for us,” he told the publication.