Richard Newsome was born in the small New Zealand river town of Wanganui. Sensing there was no future for him there, he migrated with his family to Australia at the age of two. His first job after leaving school was as a cadet journalist on the local newspaper where he honed his craft by chasing ambulances and police cars around the streets of the Gold Coast. After stints on other newspapers and in radio and television with the ABC, he undertook university studies and graduated in economics at the University of Queensland. Richard started work with an international strategy consultancy in Boston, where he learned that it was possible to work for 20 hours days on a regular basis. He returned to Australia and took up a position with a multinational media company in Sydney. Several promotions later, he was in the head office, overseeing corporate affairs and communications. This gave him the chance to observe several real-life billionaires at close quarters and he grew to understand their entertainingly obsessive ways. After several years in this environment, Richard took the decision to step off the corporate hurdy-gurdy and take on the role of stay-at-home Dad to help raise his three children aged 14, 11 and 4. Whilst still working part time and making school lunches, he found time to write The Billionaire's Curse again discovering that it is possible to work 20 hour days on a regular basis.