John Hopkins is the founder and Executive Chairman of The Hopkins Group, first established in 1980.
He is also the founder and director of Lantern Property Partners (a subsidiary of the Hopkins Group, working alongside intermediaries nationally and internationally) and joint founder and executive board member of bdhSterling (a UK based cross border solution in financial services).
In his early years, John undertook an intense Business Management course at Ansett Freight Express (a substantial and national trucking arm of Ansett Transport Industries). He then began his career with Barry Iles, a successful estate agency in Hawthorn, Melbourne, where he was asked to be a director at age 26. Following this, John established John Hopkins and Company, and has since expanded the Company’s service offering to include financial planning, tax and accounting, mortgage and finance, property advisory, and property management.
As a pioneer in the property investment industry, John has been involved in financial services and property throughout Australia and abroad, with his clients having purchased in excess of four billion dollars’ worth of investment properties in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
John has also been involved in several government enquiries into property and financial services over his career, where he was invited to present information on the industry.
Throughout the years, John has been heavily involved in print media and radio, having hosted weekly radio programs and written syndicated columns across prominent Australian newspapers. He is also an accomplished public speaker, both nationally and internationally.
John’s involvement in the community has been one of the focal points of his career. He is currently an active ambassador and speaker for beyondblue. His philanthropic activities have included being a Director and Chairman of Melbourne Montessori School, President of a substantial childcare centre in Albert Park, and he currently serves as a member of the Business School Advisory Board at Deakin University. John was also the benefactor and founding chairperson of the Property Investment Association of Australia (PIAA), now the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), a not-for-profit organisation established to represent all industries and professions involved with property investment.
John is passionate about the relationship of wealth and lifestyle, the importance of attaining a balance between ones’ personal, occupational and financial interests, and the interdependence of the three. He has written the unique John Hopkins Three Circle Financial Planning Methodology.
His business involvements aside, John always maintains his five beautiful children are by far his greatest engagement.