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Finder co-founder Fred Schebesta offers jobs to Sydney Grammar students who ‘married’ to hold party

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One of Australia’s richest entrepreneurs is offering jobs and the use of his $4million beach penthouse to two mates who ‘married’ so they could throw a big party.

The teenagers from the elite Sydney Grammar School cleverly organised a non-binding commitment ceremony so they could invite 150 guests and get around coronavirus rules in New South Wales capping outdoor social gatherings to 30 people.

Like those 18-year-old high school graduates, Finder website co-founders Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia went to the same upmarket private school, now charging $38,000 a year in fees, and graduated in 1998.

One of Australia's richest entrepreneurs is offering jobs and the use of his $4million beach penthouse to two mates who 'married' so they could throw a big party

One of Australia’s richest entrepreneurs is offering jobs and the use of his $4million beach penthouse to two mates who ‘married’ so they could throw a big party

Mr Schebesta, 39, last year made the Australian Financial Review Young Rich List with an estimated net worth of $193million.

The man, whose financial products company employs 450 people in more than 80 countries, said the mates showed creative thinking in organising a commitment ceremony on Sydney’s lower north shore, demonstrating they had what it took to be entrepreneurs.

‘They deal with obstacles, they come up with creative solutions, they think outside the box,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.

‘When they actually got married, that’s amazing, I love it. The courage.

‘They’ve clearly read the law, they’ve done the legal work, they’ve worked it out and then they’ve gone and worked out the downsides and the upside risk is they get to have a great party legally.’

The teenagers from Sydney Grammar School cleverly organised a non-binding commitment ceremony so they could invite 150 guests and get around coronavirus rules in New South Wales capping outdoor social gatherings to 30 people

The teenagers from Sydney Grammar School cleverly organised a non-binding commitment ceremony so they could invite 150 guests and get around coronavirus rules in New South Wales capping outdoor social gatherings to 30 people

Mr Schebesta said expensive private schools often encouraged students to be conformists rather than risk takers.

‘They teach the complete opposite of risk taking,’ he said.

‘They teach how to conform in private schools.

‘If you naturally want to be a risk taker, you learn to minimise your risks and that’s what that school taught me.

‘I think people from public schools are much better risk takers.’ 

Like those 18-year-old high school graduates, Finder website co-founders Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia went to the same upmarket private school, now charging $38,000 a year in fees, and graduated in 1998. They are pictured 22 years ago at Schoolies week

Like those 18-year-old high school graduates, Finder website co-founders Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia went to the same upmarket private school, now charging $38,000 a year in fees, and graduated in 1998. They are pictured 22 years ago at Schoolies week

In those Sydney Grammar School teenagers, Mr Schebesta saw aspects of his younger self two decades ago.

In a bid to entice them to consider his job offer of an internship, Mr Schebesta is happy to throw them a party at Tamarama penthouse, which he bought for $3.9million in December 2017

In a bid to entice them to consider his job offer of an internship, Mr Schebesta is happy to throw them a party at Tamarama penthouse, which he bought for $3.9million in December 2017

‘We used to go crazy things like that,’ he said.

‘You have to take opportunities otherwise there are no opportunities.

‘They’re the kind of people I want to hire.’ 

In a bid to entice them to consider his job offer of an internship, Mr Schebesta is happy to throw them a party at Tamarama penthouse, which he bought for $3.9million in December 2017.

The ‘wedding’ reception on Sydney’s lower north shore didn’t end up going ahead after one of the boy’s parents saw the ceremony on social media and rushed home from holidays. 

‘If they want to have a party at my house, they can come and have the wedding at my house – it’s a penthouse so it’s got a big balcony, it’s got a backyard, it’s big enough,’ Mr Schebesta said.

Despite going to a private school, Mr Schebesta worked as a Pizza Hut call centre work at Pymble, on Sydney’s upper north shore, as he completed a Bachelor of Finance degree at Macquarie University two decades ago.

With his school friend, he lived in a share house and ate tinned spaghetti to save enough to start up a website comparing credit cards. 

In those Sydney Grammar School teenagers, Mr Schebesta saw aspects of his younger self two decades ago

In those Sydney Grammar School teenagers, Mr Schebesta saw aspects of his younger self two decades ago

Mr Schebesta said expensive private schools often encouraged students to be conformists rather than risk takers

Mr Schebesta said expensive private schools often encouraged students to be conformists rather than risk takers



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