Often referred to as an accidental billionaire, Mike Cannon-Brookes is the cofounder and CEO of Australian enterprise-software giant Atlassian, best known for its Jira and Confluence products.
Cannon-Brookes established the company with business partner Scott Farquar in 2002, initially as a way to earn a graduate-level salary without working for a corporation. The company today has a staff of 4,000 in seven countries and 170,000 enterprise customers.
More recently, Cannon-Brookes has been using his profile to agitate for climate-change action and faster adoption of renewable energy, as well as calls for regulatory reform in the energy sector.
Cannon-Brookes is a backer of the One Million Jobs Plan launched in June in Australia by climate-focused think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, and which aims to create jobs through renewable energy and low-emission projects. He is a recent investor in Sun Cable, a giant solar farm in Australia’s Northern Territory that aims to supply electricity to Singapore.
Back at Atlassian, Cannon-Brookes is making a statement with his plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower, in Sydney, which will function as Altassian’s new headquarters, while helping the company achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.