John Laws
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Broadcaster extraordinaire with a God-gifted voice, the Man With the Golden Microphone, the undisputed king of Australia's talk-back airwaves.

You either love him or hate him, that's just the type of man he is and can be - caustic, brash, arrogant, opinionated, fawning over you - you never know how it will be.


At a dinner celebrating his 40 years as a broadcaster Prime Minister Paul Keating hailed him as 'the broadcaster of the century'. Whilst that may or may not be true, he is certainly the highest earning broadcaster of the century, reportedly earning $11 million in 1997.

John Laws was born in Wau, New Guinea, on August 8th, 1935.

His education began at Mosman Preparatory School thence to Knox Grammar School.

His career began in 1953 as an 18 year old announcer on 3BO in Bendigo, Victoria.

Over the years he has come and gone between radio stations and has had occasional brushes with television, e.g. Beauty and the Beast.

Currently he is at 2UE (and relayed to about 70 other stations) alongside his good friend Alan Jones. He also has a weeknight talkshow on Foxtel cable television.

In 1974 he was awarded the OBE by Queen Elizabeth 11 for his services to broadcasting and charity, this being upgraded to a CBE in 1978.

He has a passion for motor cars and cycles and it takes a lot of Valvoline to keep his substantial fleet running smoothly.

He also has interest in photography, antique furniture, works of art and sculpture, timepieces (like his mate Paul Keating) and first and collectors' editions of books. When time permits he enjoys reading and tennis.

Laws spend as much time as he can on his property at Yarramalong Valley on the Central Coast of NSW, north of Sydney.

In March 1998, Lawsie, considered Australia's tallest poppy, was fined $50,000 by the NSW Supreme Court for contempt of court through comments he made on air which resulted in a child abuse case being aborted. One judge commented "To fine him $50,000 is ludicrous. It is the amount he would spend on a small cocktail party."

Besides the income he earns from all of the above sources John Laws has endorsement deals with Toyota, Samsung, Sony Music and Qantas. There are also royalties from John Laws-branded products, a series of videos and an Internet access kit.

Business Review Weekly estimated earnings of $11.6 million in 1998.

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