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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
27 young australia next AGE IS NO BARRIER TO SUCCESS IN AUSTRALIA. THESE TALENTED YOUNG AUSTRALIANS TALK ABOUT THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND AMBITIONS. BY LACHLAN COLQUHOUN ASH HUNTER, 33 OCCUPATION: PUBLISHER, PHILANTHROPIST Ash Hunter responded to the sudden death of his father 12 years ago in the most positive way imaginable. He took his father's business legacy, grew it, and has turned it into a AU$100 million- plus conglomerate with an increasingly international focus. Still only 33, Hunter runs Just Magazines based in Melbourne. With a focus on the automotive industry, Just publishes titles such as Just Cars, Just Bikes, Just Trucks, and Just 4x4s. In car-obsessed Australia, Just Cars is one of the most read car magazines in the country. But Hunter isn't just about car magazines. He has diversified into other businesses such as food services, property investment, and operates his own record label to support young Australian talent. For fun, he collects classic cars and motorcycles. His most recent business ventures have been into social media: bringing the car-loving community together online. Hunter has also taken the concept of corporate philanthropy to heart, establishing his own charity, the Hunter 5 Foundation. He also chairs a group that provides palliative care and support for families in need in regional Australia. "Business isn't complex; it's simple. It's all about people and being passionate about what you do," he says. "Complacency kills and the key to success is about constant evolution to maintain relevance." Hunter's personal wealth was reported at AU$58 million by the BRW Rich List last year, but it wasn't publicity he welcomed. "We weren't very happy about it," he said at the time. But once it was clear the report would be published, Hunter decided to use it as an opportunity to highlight some of the good things his organisations have done. It's a list which is likely to grow, as Hunter seems assured of a long and successful career. 33 Bobby Cheng has a Chinese heritage and has lived in New Zealand, but he is proud to be Australia's first under-age world chess champion. The 12-year-old from Melbourne topped a field of 142 competitors at a tournament in Turkey to finish as the world under-12 chess champion, defeating runners-up from Poland, Russia and Canada by a half-point. "I have always wanted to win the world title for my age group," says Bobby. "In 2007 I came very close -- I finished fourth in the under-10 category -- and I've been driven and motivated by my passion for the game and my desire to win." Bobby and his family moved from New Zealand to Melbourne two years ago, and in that time he has become one of the brightest stars on the city's chess scene, which he credits with helping his success. "It has definitely helped," he says. "Without local club games, interstate tournaments and grandmaster coaching, I would not have won the world title." Following his world championship victory, Bobby won the under-18 Australian Junior Championship, the youngest-ever national junior. "One day I would like to become Australian Champion as well," he says."I would definitely like to be a grandmaster." Outside of chess, Bobby enjoys sports -- table tennis, tennis and cricket -- as well as mathematics and reading. "I enjoy living in Melbourne because it is quite a unique and multicultural city," he says. "I enjoy Philip Island and the Great Ocean Road, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, as well as watching tennis matches at the Australian Open." Bobby is yet to decide on any career direction, and is still hopeful of a career in chess. If he continues as he has begun he could forge a reputation for Australia in a game that has long been dominated by other nations. BOBBY CHENG, 12 OCCUPATION: STUDENT, WORLD UNDER-12 AND AUSTRALIAN UNDER-18 CHESS CHAMPION John Krutop/Newspix