Michael Cannon-Brookes is an Australian billionaire business magnate who is the co-founder and co-CEO of software company Atlassian.
Born- 17 November 1979
Birthplace – New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Profession- co-founder, and co-CEO of software company Atlassian
Known for- Co-founding Atlassian
Cannon-Brookes’ father is named Mike, and he works as a global banking executive. His mother’s name is Helen.
Cannon-Brookes is happily married to Annie Todd, and they have four children. They live in Centennial Park, which is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
In July 2023, the Australian Financial Review reported that the couple were separating.
Cannon-Brookes finished his education at the University of New South Wales, where he earned a degree in information systems through a UNSW Co-op Scholarship program.
In 2024, the net worth of Cannon-Brookes stands at $19.01 billion.
With Scott Farquhar, Cannon-Brookes is the co-founded and currently serves as the co-CEO of Atlassian, a successful collaboration software company. They established the company in 2002, shortly after graduating from university, and remarkably funded its inception using credit cards.
They claim to have founded Atlassian with the aim of earning the then-typical graduate starting salary of A$48,000 at the big corporations without having to work for someone else.
In September 2020, it was revealed that Cannon-Brookes was listed on a Chinese Government “Overseas Key Individuals Database” of prominent international individuals of interest to China.
In March 2022, it was reported that Cannon-Brookes and billionaire Andrew Forrest had invested in the Sun Cable project, which involves creating a solar and battery farm with a capacity of 12,000 hectares (120 km2) in the Northern Territory, and connecting it to Singapore (via Indonesia) from Murrumujuk beach in Australia.
In January 2023, Sun Cable went into administration owing to disagreements between Cannon-Brookes and Forrest.
In May 2023, Cannon-Brookes’ company Grok Ventures outbid Forrest and others to buy the liquidated company.
Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar received the Australian IT Professional of the Year award in 2004 and were named Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Cannon-Brookes is also a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.
In 2018, Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar made headlines by purchasing Fairwater, Australia’s most expensive house, for approximately A$100 million. This lavish property is located right next to Scott Farquhar’s A$71 million Point Piper harbourside mansion, Elaine. Additionally, Cannon-Brookes acquired the historic residence Verona in Double Bay, designed by architect Leslie Wilkinson in 1923, for A$17 million. This property was previously owned by New Zealand philanthropist Pat Goodman.
Prior to these acquisitions, in 2016, Cannon-Brookes had purchased the SeaDragon house for A$7.05 million. The house, which was built in 1936 and also designed by Leslie Wilkinson, had been updated by architect Luigi Rosselli. Subsequently, his Centennial Park home was sold for A$16.5 million.
In 2019, he another house near Fairwater for A$12 million.
In a separate deal in July 2022, he made an individual purchase by acquiring Dunk Island off Mission Beach, Queensland. The transaction was reportedly valued between A$20–25 million, with the purpose of creating a nature reserve and revitalizing the resort on the island.