Christopher Skase

Christopher Skase was an Australian stockbroker and businessman. His company, Qintex, became one of the biggest corporations in Australia in the 1980s before the worsening financial situation in Australia exposed the overextended company in 1989, leading to its collapse.


Skase was a high-flyer of the Roaring Eighties. His company Qintex was involved in a number of commercial interests, including five Mirage holiday resorts, the Brisbane Bears Football Club, the Hardy Brothers jewellery company and major parts of the Seven Network.

When interest rates began to rise towards the end of the decade, Skase realised his debts could not be repaid, and he began to funnel money into overseas bank accounts.

Skase was eventually charged with financial impropriety, but fled to Majorca in Spain. The Spanish government refused to extradite him, largely due to Skase's claim of a serious lung condition, which everybody knew to be bullshit.

In 2001, after more than a decade of trying to get Skase home, the fugitive died of stomach cancer.

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