Erica Baxter with estranged husband James Packer, from whom she received a substantial settlement. Photo: Rebecca Hallas
It's a roll-call of the nation's brightest young entrepreneurs, tech whizzes and sporting heroes. And one high-profile, soon-to-be-single mother.
As debate rages about quotas for females in politics, it's perhaps telling that the number of women on the 2013 BRW Young Rich list, released on Wednesday, was boosted 16.7 per cent - by a forthcoming divorce.
Of the 100 bright young things on BRW's annual list, just seven are women.
It was to be six, were it not for the fact Erica Baxter swung into 45th position at the 11th hour after news of her impending divorce from James Packer became public.
The list may boast a combined wealth of $5.13 billion, but what it makes up for in net assets, it sorely lacks in the female dollar.
Five of the women are debutantes into the catalogue of the top 100 richest "self made" Australians aged 40 and under, but it was Baxter's inclusion that is sure to raise the most eyebrows.
Her six-year marriage to Packer ended earlier this month and the pair are already believed to have reached a confidential settlement.
'She's widely expected to get a substantial settlement," said BRW editor James Thomson. "But it's very opaque at this early stage."
At $40 million, his estimation of Baxter's wealth is "very conservative", but Thomson said he expected her place on the list to rise as details of her settlement from the Crown chairman became clear.
The soon-to-be ex Mrs Packer, who is 36, is understood to be temporarily living in LA with the couple's three children.
The former model is joined on the list by Miranda Kerr, erstwhile face of David Jones, Victoria's Secret "angel" and now Qantas brand ambassador. It is largely these ventures, rather than her transition into business with her beauty brand Kora, that has landed her in 99th spot on the list.
Carolyn Creswell is this year's richest woman, with $55 million to her name. She ranks 34th overall, thanks to her muesli brand, Carmen's, and the exposure afforded by her unlikely work as a host on Recipe to Riches.
"It's pretty rare to get wealthy people on TV in reality TV mode," said Thomson.
Lilly Haikin of Max Brenner chocolates and Tammy May of MyBudget also make the list.
Sass and Bide chatelaines and list stalwarts Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke did not make the cut this year thanks to Middleton passing the age limit of 40.
As expected, the majority on the list - 32 per cent - have made their millions in technology, with Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, in top spot with a fortune of $550 million.
But, behind the software kings there is one notable absence from this year's line-up.
Nathan Tinkler cemented his hero to zero status by disappearing from the list altogether, spectacularly dropping from 2012's second spot to below the $18 million cut-off point.
"There's just too much doubt around him to include him on the list," said Thomson.
Paddy Coughlan, whose Riversdale Group has made news largely thanks to high-profile co-owner John Singleton, hits 64th spot with his $26 million portion of the property company.
Coughlan runs 10 pubs across Sydney with the consortium and said he is "happy to be on any young list," rich or poor.
"It came out of left field, I didn't even realise they were looking at us," the 39-year-old said. "It's just another day in the crazy life of Riversdale."
A former model, Baxter gave up a career as a recording artist when she married Packer in 2007 at a lavish ceremony in the French Riviera. They have three children.
But Packer's latest divorce settlement is unlikely to have a major impact on his status as one of the richest people in the country.
Packer, 46, was named the third richest person in the country in this year's BRW Rich 200. The son of publishing magnate Kerry Packer was adjudged to have a $6 billion personal fortune and subsequent share price growth at listed casino operator Crown has since pushed his wealth even higher.
In August, Packer raised about $260 million by selling shares in global equities manager Magellan Financial Group and online classifieds business Seek. There has been speculation that this sale may have freed-up some cash to help expedite the divorce.
- with Andrew Heathcote