Managing Director, Harry Triguboff

HARRY TRIGUBOFF A.O. PhD (Hon) HU, DUniv Griff.


As Founder and Managing Director of The Meriton Group of Companies, Harry Triguboff has overseen the construction of over 60,000 residential dwellings, and has won numerous awards for his contributions to the Australian property industry.

Harry Triguboff was born in Dalian, China on 3 March 1933. He spent his early childhood in the Russian community of Tientsin (now Tianjin) South of Beijing.

He first came to Australia in 1948 and was educated at Scots College in Sydney, before attending Leeds University in England. He graduated with a degree in textile engineering and began his working life in textile businesses in Israel and South Africa, returning to Australia in 1960. 

Harry Triguboff became an Australian citizen in 1961. He owned a taxi fleet and a milk run before building his first block of apartments and establishing Meriton at 30 years of age; in 1963.

Since then he has become Australia’s most successful residential property developer and a generous philanthropist, providing millions of dollars each year in financial support to many causes. In recognition of his efforts, Harry Triguboff has received two honourary doctorates and the following honours and awards:

  • Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1990
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1999
  • Property Person of the Year by Urban Taskforce, 2003 & 2009 - The first person to receive this award twice
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008
  • Honourary doctorate from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008
  • Winner of the Gold Harold Award in the Humanitarian Category, 2011
  • Honourary doctorate from Griffith University of Queensland, 2012
  • Housing Industry Association (HIA) Life Membership, 2013

Harry Triguboff has proudly established Meriton as Australia’s leading residential property developer; a brand synonymous with superior quality and value.