WHM Day 11: Sarina Russo, Founder The Sarina Russo Group

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Sarina Russo is a self-described “Job Queen”. She has built a $100+ million fortune from her training and recruitment business and property investment.
Sarina got her start in business (the unofficial family business) at an early age. Her father, a carpenter, would invest in properties and lived very frugally. He made it a family affair by teaching his children to work hard, spending every weekend tending grapes on their vineyard. When the Sarina ad her siblings grew old enough to get paid jobs, their money was pooled to buy property and they were given allowances to live on.
From the age of 10, started managing the apartments bought by her father, collecting rents, dealing with tenants and evicting them when necessary. She was taught to never sell her properties. She has only sold one property, an apartment in Sydney Australia, and she still regrets it.
In 1979 she started the Sarina Russo Group after being fired from too many secretarial positions. She opened her own school, but realized training was not much use without a job. So she created a placement agency.
Her companies now employ more than 1,000 people in 40 locations in Australia and the UK. About 60% of her business is related to recruitment and 40% to training. Combined with her real estate investments, she has built a $100 million fortune.
Til next time,
Adrienne Graham
Founder, Mogul Chix, LLC
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Adrienne Graham is the Founder of Mogul Chix (www.mogulchix.com), a global company and community for female founders and women entrepreneurs. She works with female-founded companies to grow, scale & making them investment ready. She is CEO of Empower Me! Corporation (www.empowerme.org), a growth strategies consultancy for high growth companies. She provides Strategic Business Growth advisory services to companies with high growth potential to assist clients in creating processes and strategies to effectively scale, run, grow and position their business for success. Adrienne is an author, serial entrepreneur and avid techie dedicated to promoting inclusive diversity in the tech, VC and startup community. She is steadily building her empire one company at a time. She is also a Mentor for the Straight Shot Accelerator in Omaha, NE, which helps guide startups into successfully launched ventures.


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