Retired Sydney businessman Bob Ingham, former head of the nation’s largest chicken company bearing his name, has passed away at the age of 88.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce our beloved father, Bob Ingham, passed away yesterday at home aged 88 surrounded by his family,” a family statement said.
Bob Ingham and his brother took over Ingham’s after their father’s death in 1953. The brothers turned the company into Australia’s largest producer of chickens and turkeys, forging supply relationships with supermarkets and in the foodservice sector.
TPG Capital bought Inghams in 2014 for $880 million and it was listed on the ASX two years later.
Bob Ingham was also a noted philanthropist and founded the Ingham Institute dedicated to medical research.
But it was horse racing that he was most passionate about outside his work. He was a successful owner and breeder and co-founded Bloodstock, which grew into a trading platform for race horses.
“Bob always had a passion for horse racing. Along with Jack they turned this passion into the largest thoroughbred racing and breeding operation in Australia at the time,” according to the family statement.
“His hard work, commitment and philosophy of ‘doing the right things and doing things right’ underpinned everything he did. He made us very proud. We will miss him greatly.”