Sunday, July 09, 2017

Redacted - Bruce McWilliam: The Curiouser Courtier

"Bruce is probably the most aggressive corporate lawyer we have ever seen," says James Warburton, who worked with McWilliam as Seven's sales boss in the late 2000s and is now CEO of Supercars. "Bruce is paid to make problems go away," another former Seven executive says. "He's like Mr Wolfe in Pulp Fiction, that calm, dapper guy who gets rid of the dead body from the back of the car and hoses it out." ( This is the 404 page we had to have -How pub king Justin Hemmes changed Sydney's social scene)

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Bruce McWilliam is fond of antiques and fine art. He likes Italian wine and long lunches. But he is particularly fond of big houses. McWilliam, who has served for the past 14 years as commercial director and right-hand man to Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes, lives in a $30 million Edwardian mansion on the waterfront at Point Piper in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The house, which is home to McWilliam, his wife Nicky, and their two Maltese crosses, Georgina and Samy, has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a 1000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar and a 30-metre-long private beach; from the harbourside lap pool, one can gaze out across the water to Darling Point and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Such luxe is par for the course in Point Piper, which has long been a magnet for the rich and powerful. The businessman and philanthropist David Gonski, dubbed "Mr Networks", lives here, as does shopping centre magnate Frank Lowy, whose fortune was estimated at $8.26 billion on this year's Australian Financial Review Rich List. McWilliam's best friend, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, lives a couple of doors down the road; the two go kayaking together in front of their houses. For McWilliam, who grew up in working-class Dapto near Wollongong, Point Piper is "the greatest suburb on Earth"

Bruce McWilliam keeps curious company at Sydney Institute dinner
So why would Bruce McWilliam, the Prime Minister’s best mate and chief strategist in the Amber Harrison fiasco, be happy to be pictured alongside someone like Rodney Adler?

Apart from contributing feisty comments to Crikey stories, former FAI Insurance CEO and jailbird Rodney Adler is clearly keeping busy mingling with old mates.

As a long-time backer of Gerard Henderson, it was no surprise Adler found himself mingling with the glitterati at The Star gambling den on Thursday night along with 899 other guests at the Sydney Institute’s annual dinner.

The Australian’s Margin Call column did a good job writing up the soiree in today’s paper and scored a pearler of a picture of embattled Seven West Media legal boss Bruce McWilliam with his arm around a grumpy-looking Henderson, who had Rodney Adler and his wife, Lyndi, on the other side.
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