A publicity-shy publican who over three decades has run some of Perth's best-known drinking venues has been unveiled as one of WA's 50 richest people.
Graham Hardie has used the strong cash flows from well-known 1990s pubs and nightclubs such as Havana and Arcadia, and contemporary venues like Paramount and The Library, to build an enormous property empire.
Mr Hardie's $160 million fortune is profiled in this year's WA Rich List, which is free in The West Australian on Thursday.
In a fickle industry that has had its fair share of corporate casualties, Mr Hardie has thrived in the Northbridge nightlife scene, successfully rebranding venues as their popularity flagged to ensure they remained magnets for generations of young drinkers.
Run mainly under the Entertainment Enterprises umbrella with Northbridge stalwart Bill Oddy, Mr Hardie operated a series of venues, the most enduring of which is a plot of land on Lake Street which hosted Havana, then Kremlin, The Church and currently The Library.
James Street's Varga Lounge traded side-by-side with his Paramount nightclub.
He rejuvenated Innaloo's The Saint before selling it and owns Rivervale's Empire Bar.Besides land on Roe Street and James Street in Northbridge, he has land in Lathlain, the city and The Esplanade in South Perth.