Catcha’s Patrick Grove in Australia Unlimited’s global achiever list
By Digital News Asia February 6, 2013
- List recognizes 50 outstanding Australians living and working abroad
- Grove only Global Achiever based in Malaysia
PATRICK Grove (pic), chairman and chief executive officer of investment group Catcha Group has been ranked on the Australia Unlimited: Global Achievers list.
Released in conjunction with Australia Day which is celebrated on Jan 25, the list recognizes 50 outstanding Australians living and working abroad. Grove is the only Global Achiever based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Catcha Group said in a statement.
Part of the Australian Government’s Building Brand Australia Program, which aims to promote the skills and achievements of contemporary Australia to the rest of the world, the list celebrates 50 expatriate Australians identified as being deserving of recognition.
Others recognized include Amelia Lester, managing editor of The New Yorker; Ben Keighran, CEO and co-founder of Chomp, a mobile app search engine acquired by Apple; Damien Mander, founding director and chairman of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation; Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival; and Peter Watts, founder of Swarm.fm , a music-focused social network.
“I’m thrilled. To be recognized as a global achiever amongst such an amazing list of individuals is an honor,” Grove said.
“Australia has imbued the world with a positive ‘can-do’ culture and I’m proud to say that same enthusiastic approach towards business is a large part of what drives me and Catcha Group forward,” he added.
This latest recognition adds to a string of awards that Grove has received, and include being named Global Leader of Tomorrow and New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2002 and 2003 respectively, and Asia's Best Young Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Business Week and Top Entrepreneur under 40 by Business Week Asia, both in 2008.
Grove, who has a Chinese mother and an Australian father, majored in finance and accounting and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney.
It was during his time at university in Australia that he set up his first businesses and following his graduation, worked at Arthur Andersen in Australia specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions and extraction of investment value in high-growth media, new media and technology environments.
Since returning to Asia, he has built a number of media and Internet-based businesses in Asia, and has taken three businesses from start-up to initial public offer – Catcha Media Berhad on Bursa Malaysia in 2010, and iProperty Group and iCar Asia on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2007 and 2012 [year corrected] respectively.
Grove remains a major shareholder of all three companies and has been listed on the Top 200 Young Rich List by Australia’s Business Review Weekly (BRW) for two years running in 2011 and 2012.
Patrick Grove about to get his hattrick