Piecing together the puzzle of LJ Hooker's heritage
A recently published book tells the amazing and poignant story of one of the best known names in Australian real estate, Leslie Joseph 'LJ' Hooker, founder of the
LJ Hooker empire.
Researched by his granddaughter Natalia Hooker, LJ Hooker The Man: The Untold Story of an Australian Icon, traces the complex Chinese heritage of the man born in 1903 as Leslie Joseph Tingyou.
LJ's grandson and the author's brother, Leslie Janusz Hooker, purchased the company that bears his name with business associates in 2009. Mr Hooker is CEO of
LJ Hooker Ltd today.
"I had no idea the story would be so fascinating," Natalia says. "Our grandfather came from nothing. His motto was 'persistence' and that is how he achieved what he did. He knew what he wanted and nothing was going to stand in his way. He faced every obstacle imaginable."
"There is a message there for both small and large business owners. He reached his incredible level of success by sheer determination."
The book is distributed in Australia by Macmillan. It is also available online at www.ljhookertheman.com for $54.95 with free postage.