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Australia's youngest billionaire and digital design mogul Melanie Perkins leads a life of luxury as the country's third richest woman - but she and her fiance business partner stress they want to give away all their money to help others

by Monroe Tudawali (2020-11-05)


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Australia's youngest billionaire and digital design mogul Melanie Perkins leads a life of luxury as the country's third richest woman - but she and her fiance business partner stress they want to give away all their money to help others.

Ms Perkins has amassed a personal fortune of $2.5billion through her Sydney-based company Canva, which allows businesses to build their own social media graphics, posters and invitations.

Her stock soared as the COVID-19 pandemic confined workers to their homes and forced them to work remotely - doubling her wealth in a matter of just months.

The 32-year-old's social media profile boasts of her lavish trips to international countries - with Australia's third richest woman most recently sharing a photo of her taking in the Rio de Janeiro skyline in Brazil.

Australia's youngest billionaire Melanie Perkins pictured with her fiance and business partner Cliff Obrecht on a holiday to Turkey's popular Cappadocia region last year

Last July, she and her fiance Cliff Obrecht - with whom she founded Canva in 2014 - shared photos of the pair enjoying a trip to Cappadocia in central Turkey.

The pair have also jetted off to Richard Branson's luxurious privately-owned island Necker Island in the Caribbean's British Virgin Islands. 

Their company expanded to Manila and Beijing in the five years since Canva launched - recently reaching a $US6billion ($AUD8.3billion) valuation.

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Mr Obrecht proposed to Ms Perkins on the trip to Turkey, although he stresses the couple live a simple life despite the wealth they have gained from their graphic design firm. 

He said the couple plan to donate their billions to the 'greater good' rather than spend it on themselves.

The 32-year-old's social media profile boasts of her frequent trips to far-flung countries - including Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (pictured)

'Mel and I are committed to giving away all our money to make the world a better place,' he told .

'I think with running such a large company with such a significant valuation now, it's an obligation on us to use that to be a force for good and make the world a better place, rather than just hoard s**t.'

Mr Obrecht said he proposed to his wife with an engagement ring worth just $30, and the couple were instead focusing on spending their money on causes like reforming the global health system.