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Joseph Chou was born in Beijing, China. After graduating from the prestigious Peking University he went on to study in the US. On his return to China he became a diplomat and eventually migrated to Australia in 1991.
Like most migrants, with determination and the belief that Australia is a land of opportunity, he worked hard to establish himself. Joseph quickly became one of the most sought after mandarin interpreters and translators in Australia. His clients included Qantas, Telstra, Boral, BHP and the Australian China Business Council.
In 1998, Joseph discovered the power of creating wealth through investing in Australian property and since then has built a large property portfolio. He became the General Manager of a Sydney property company for three years and by 2002, had founded the Sydney arm of a Melbourne based property group. Working closely with his two partners and with the dedication of some very talented colleagues, the group achieved property sales turnover of about $1.5 billion within four years.
In early 2006, Joseph set up Ironfish and has grown it into one of the largest and most successful property investment brands in Australia. We opened our 8th office in Shanghai, China in 2012 and recently another 2 offices in China (Beijing and Nanning). We plan to open more offices locally and overseas within the next few years.
Over the years Joseph has given financial support to many worthwhile causes as well as pursuing his passion of encouraging young people to follow their dreams.
Joseph is also the Chairman of the entrepreneurship training organisation 80Success – a business Ironfish opened in China in November 2010. His partners include some of Joseph’s Peking University classmates, including billionaire educator Michael Yu, founder and CEO of New Oriental, the largest private education institution in China.
View Joseph’s books:
From Bicycles to Bentleys (English)
Secrets of Male Entrepreneurs Exposed!