Education And Early Life
Kay Leslie "Katie" Page, an Australian business leader and the CEO of the retailer Harvey Norman, was born in 1956. On the list of the "50 most powerful women in business" in 2015, she came in at number four. She actively supports women in sports and sponsors a number of professional sports.
Mareeba, Queensland, Australia, is where Page was born. Her sisters number three. Katie and her sisters spent their formative years in St George, Rockhampton, and Brisbane due to their father's job as a bank manager, which required them to move every four years or so. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 1973, she intended to work as a surveyor but was deterred by the meagre remuneration then offered to female employees. Under the guise of being 21, she relocated to Sydney. When she was 19 years old, she participated in a "intelligence test" with Gerry Harvey as one of the judges in order to generate money for kids with autism.
Harvey extended her an invitation to work as an assistant at his brand-new Harvey Norman store six years later. Page helped Harvey syndicate his horses while working for the company in ad buying, sales, marketing, and PR. They got married in 1988 when Page was 32 and Harvey was 49. Harvey's second wife, she is.
In 1982, Harvey and his business partner Ian Norman formed Harvey Norman. Page began working at the first store in 1983 as an assistant until being named CEO in 1999. The executive chairman is Harvey. Harvey Norman grew under Page's leadership into New Zealand in 1996, Singapore in 2000, Malaysia in 2003, Slovenia in 2004, and Ireland in 2006. In 2001, it started selling online. Harvey Norman had 277 locations across eight nations as of June 30, 2015, bringing in A$4.9 billion in sales and A$165 million in net profit. In 2014, Page received a basic salary of A$2.07 million. Katie Page-Harvey was honoured by being admitted to the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2021.
Page actively supports a number of professional sports. Along with Harvey, she shares ownership of 1,000 racehorses, four breeding studs, and the Magic Millions Thoroughbred racehorse auction company. Page became the first female board member of the National Rugby League (NRL) in 2004. In 2005, she launched the NRL's Women in League. From 1997 to 2012, Harvey Norman sponsored the State of Origin series of the National Rugby League. They still do so for the Women in League round and Indigenous All Stars game.
Page actively supports female athletes. She announced a unique A$500,000 incentive for the first four female-owned or -leased horses to cross the finish line in the 2013 Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic. In 2014 and 2015, the Racing Women's Incentive Bonus, a unique prize, was once more available. Zara Phillips was also appointed by Page as an ambassador for the Racing Women programme.
A majority-female, Muslim Australian Football League club called the Auburn Giants was chosen by Page to get corporate sponsorship in March 2015. She announced the company's sponsorship of the all-female racecar driving duo of Renee Gracie and Simona de Silvestro in the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in September of that year.
Harvey and Page have two kids. She enjoys playing badminton a lot. On The Australian Business Review's list of the "50 most powerful women in business" in 2015, Page came in fourth place.
Despite their 1988 marriage, the BRW/Financial Review calculated Harvey's net worth as an individual from 2013 through and including 2020 and excluded Page. The Financial Review has been estimating Harvey and Page's joint net worth since 2021.