Aussie journalist delves into new Macquarie chief Shemara Wikramanayake’s colourful family

September 27, 2018 (LBO) – Australian journalist Aaron Patrick has published a detailed exploration of the Sri Lankan family history of Shemara Wikramanayake, Macquarie’s CEO designate.  Wickramanayake is set to take over the global investment banking giant on December 1st, making her one of the most powerful people in global finance.

Ms. Wikramanayake was born born in the UK and spent time schooling in Sri Lanka.  Her father was a Sri Lankan medical doctor, and her grandfather a well known Queen’s Counsel. According to the recently published series of articles, her grandfather represented the monk who was convicted in the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister S.W.R.D Bandaranaike. This apparently led to political persecution, and a forced family migration out of Sri Lanka.

Her family history is explored in several articles by Australian journalist Aaron Patrick. The articles have sparked controversy and several denials, retractions, and clarifications from Macquarie and Wickramanayake family members.

The family history is one of Sri Lankan post colonial elite, migrating and starting over from the bottom in Australia.  The colourful articles describe the struggles and achievements of a remarkable Sri Lankan turned Australian family.

Macquarie is a globally diversified financial group employing more than 14,000 people in 25 countries.  Its CEO was the highest paid of any listed company CEO in Australia.  It has a market cap of US$30bn and is one of the world’s largest listed investment banks.

Wikramanayake was the bank’s second-highest paid person in the 2018 financial year. She earned a total $16.7 million, less only than CEO Nicholas Moore who took home $18.9 million. Fairfax Media reported last year that the 56-year-old CEO designate had not sold a single a Macquarie share in her 30 years with the company.

The below published tweets link to the above mentioned series of articles: