Alan Bond, one of the most controversial figures in the history of Western Australia and Perth, has died aged 77.
Perth’s Alan Bond was part of the syndicate that won the America’s Cup in 1983, breaking the United States’ 132-year stranglehold on the title and ending the longest winning streak in the history of sport, ABC news said.
Bond was one of Australia’s most prominent business figures, having owned the Swan Brewery, STW Nine Perth, Perth property, office towers and an array of small and large business assets.
But his multi-billion dollar empire crumbled in the 1990s, eventually being bankrupted for $622 million, the second-largest personal bankruptcy in history.
Here’s how Twitter in Perth reacted to the news.
— Madelaine Burke (@Maddie_Burke) June 5, 2015
RIP Alan Bond. Love him or dislike him, he did put Fremantle and WA on the world tourism map. https://t.co/IXy7oqkniN
— Margaret R Wilson (@CMWmanagement) June 5, 2015
— Matt Tinney (@Matt_Tinney) June 5, 2015
They say that if you haven’t got anything nice to say you should say nothing so i have nothing to say about the passing of #AlanBond
— Tom Loss (@ATTLien) June 5, 2015
Please, no media overkill about Alan Bond’s death. He did some good things and some bad. End of story.
— Allan Miller (@armiller45) June 5, 2015
Rest In Peace Alan Bond 1938-2015 – We were very lucky to have you grace one of our events – The Australia II 30 Year Anniversary #alanbond
— Hurricane Events (@hurricaneevents) June 5, 2015Advertisement
So the last of the 1980s tycoons has passed. End of an era. #AlanBond
— joannejacobs (@joannejacobs) June 5, 2015
Sad news on the passing of #AlanBond. Thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
— Stephanie Wright (@ShoeboxShimmy) June 5, 2015
Alan Bond is a fraud & criminal He should have spent decades in jail But Hold On He helped to win the Americas CUP Aussies forgive rat-bags
— william waugh (@werefox08) June 5, 2015
— Colin Murray-Smith (@Colinms777) June 5, 2015
— Client Liaison (@clientliaison) June 5, 2015