Geoffrey Edelsten was born on May 2, 1943 (78 years old) in Melbourne, Australia. He was a famous businessman. Geoffrey Edelsten’s parents are Esther Edelsten, Hymie Edelsten. He had 1 son, Matthew Beard. His wife is Gabi Grecko (d. 2015), Brynne Edelsten (d. 2009-2014), Leanne Nesbitt (d. 1984-1988)
He was 78 years old.
Edelsten was born in Carlton, an inner suburb of Melbourne, on 2 May 1943. He attended Princes Hill Public School and, in 1960, matriculated from Mount Scopus Memorial College, Australia’s first Jewish co-educational school. He went on to study at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1966.
In the 1960s, Edelsten owned a Melbourne-based record company, Hit Productions, which worked with music publishers Festival Records. During the same period, his family owned the record-breaking retail chain Edels. In 1966, Edelsten was credited with co-writing the songs “I Can’t Stop Loving You, Baby” and “A Woman Of Gradual Decline” for the group The Last Straws, whose singles were released on their short-lived Scope label. In 1967, Hit Productions signed with the group Cam-Pact, whose debut single, “Something Easy” / “Michael”, reached Melbourne in early 1968. Later, in 1968, Edelsten co-produced the single “Love Machine. “for the Pastoral Symphony study group, which included Glenn Shorrock and his band Twilights, Ronnie Charles de Groop, and several other musicians.
Following his graduation in 1966, Edelsten practised as a resident medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before entering general practice. As a general practitioner, he worked in remote rural regions of New South Wales and Queensland, including the towns of Wauchope, Aramac and Walgett, where he bought his first private practice. He obtained a private pilot’s licence in order to provide medical services to remote communities – often at no cost to patients when they could not afford to pay. In 1969, he and a colleague set up a new medical practice in the Sydney suburb of Coogee. After training an assistant doctor to perform the work in Walgett, Edelsten devoted more time to the Sydney practice, which soon expanded to Liverpool. In 1971, Edelsten and a colleague, Tom Wenkart, launched Preventicare, a Sydney-based company providing diagnostic tests and computerised history-taking for doctors throughout Australia, using new equipment from the United States which could quickly and cheaply process pathology specimens. Preventicare quickly incurred debts, because some of its operations were economically unsound, and because of the slow payment of patients’ accounts totalling far more than the company’s debts. In July 1971, the Equity Court appointed a provisional liquidator to act as a temporary business manager to put the company’s financial affairs in order. Later that year, the General Manager of Preventicare, Brian Wickens, reported that the organisation was on a sound financial footing. By 1975 – and under the new name of Morlea Pathology Services – it recorded annual profits of $2.5 million to $3 million. Macquarie Professional Services is the successor to Preventicare. During this period, Edelsten and his colleagues established eight practices in the Sydney area, and performed obstetrics at three western Sydney hospitals. After three years in Los Angeles, California, Edelsten returned to Australia in 1978 to resume his general practice, surgical and obstetric commitments. Following the establishment of Medicare by the Hawke government in February 1984, Edelsten began to run innovative and multi-disciplinary 24-hour medical centres which were the forerunners of modern corporate medical practices. Decorated with chandeliers, white grand pianos and mink-covered examination tables, the clinics attracted considerable media attention. Edelsten’s clinics were the first in Australia to bulk-bill patients to Medicare so that they incurred no direct cost. Within four months of opening, the first clinic was dealing with 2,000 patients every week. Edelsten eventually owned thirteen medical centres, in which approximately 20,000 patients consulted 200 doctors every week.
On 31 July 1985, Edelsten became the first private owner of a major Australian football team – the Sydney Swans. In July 1986, Edelsten tried to buy the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks rugby league team, but his offer was refused by the game’s administrators. Edelsten is a long-term benefactor of the Carlton Football Club and in March 2013 the club awarded him life membership
In 1988, New South Wales removed Edelsten from its medical register for using unqualified staff for laser surgery. In 1990, he was convicted for perverting the course of justice and soliciting Christopher Dale Flannery to assault a former patient.The evidence used to convict Edelsten included a taped telephone conversation in which he and his wife discussed Flannery.Edelsten had provided a medical certificate in 1984 stating that Flannery was unfit to stand trial because of an infection following tattoo removal surgery, leading to the trial being adjourned and Flannery’s case not being heard by a particular judge. Edelsten and Flannery’s wife testified at a Victorian Medical Board hearing that Flannery was ill and in hospital and that he had no contact with Edelsten before or at the time of the assault. However Edelsten was jailed for one year for perverting the course of justice and soliciting an assault. In 1992, New South Wales politician Fred Nile told Parliament that since Edelsten’s deregistration in the state, he had relocated to Victoria where he could practise medicine. Edelsten was subsequently removed from the Victorian medical register. In 2001, Edelsten launched “Gene E”, a company offering paternity testing by mail order. The service advertised on late-night television. Customers telephoned for a testing kit, which the company mailed to them. In five working days of receiving the completed test, the company returned the results to the customer by post. Edelsten has sought readmittance as a medical practitioner in New South Wales. In 2003, he told the NSW Medical Tribunal that he regretted his conduct and expressed remorse. Referring to his doctorate in philosophy from Pacific Western University, counsel assisting the Tribunal claimed that people could be misled by the words “professor” and “doctor” into thinking Edelsten could practise medicine. Edelsten told the commission that he would no longer use the doctor honorific if necessary. In 2004, the same tribunal banned Edelsten from applying again for four years.
In 2005, Edelsten and a business partner founded Allied Medical Group. Allied Medical Group employs approximately 250 general practitioners, and runs seventeen “Superclinics” in Victoria, three in Queensland, and one in South Australia.The clinics offer extended opening hours and bulk-billing for patients to Medicare for most services, so that the patient incurs no direct cost. Following the Australian government’s 2008 decision to open “GP Super Clinics” in 31 locations across the nation, Edelsten challenged the Department of Health’s use of the word “superclinic”, which he claimed to be a registered trademark belonging to Allied Medical Group. In 2011, Allied Medical Group was sold to Sonic Healthcare, in a deal worth up to $200 million. In January 2014, Edelsten filed for bankruptcy in the United States. His Australian lawyers said this was a strategy to “better realise the investments made in the US”. In 2015, Edelsten was a contestant in the fourth season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia
Edelsten met and married his first wife, Leanne Nesbitt, in the early 1980s. She was 19 years old and working as a model. During this period, his flamboyant lifestyle attracted media attention – he owned mansions, a football team, a fleet of Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis with license plates such as Macho, Spunky and Sexy, and was associated, in the media, with a pink helicopter (although Edelsten and his wife insisted, in later interviews, that their helicopter was in fact blue and white). The couple was divorced after three years of marriage. Edelsten’s second wife Brynne In January 2009, Edelsten announced his intention to marry Brynne Gordon, a 25-year-old fitness instructor from California. They were married on 29 November 2009, in Melbourne’s Crown Casino. The wedding was alleged to have cost approximately $3 million and featured a helicopter, a Bentley, 550 guests, circus performers and performances by Tom Burlinson and other headline acts. Guests received a pre-wedding DVD about Edelsten and Gordon featuring narration by actor Jason Alexander, who gave an address at the wedding. Actress Fran Drescher also attended – although neither Alexander nor Drescher knew the couple. Brynne Edelsten subsequently appeared in Series 11 of Dancing with the Stars, from which she was eliminated on 12 June 2011. In June 2012, thieves stole luxury cars belonging to Edelsten, worth more than $1.4 million. Among them was a Lamborghini Aventador worth approximately $800,000 – one of only a handful of Aventadors in Australia. In January 2014, it was announced that Edelsten’s marriage to Brynne was over. Brynne cited “her publicity-obsessed husband for a reported dalliance with another woman more than 18 months ago”. In July 2014 it was announced that Edelsten intended to marry Gabi Grecko, who is 46 years younger. Edelsten and Grecko married on 11 June 2015.
Geoffrey Edelsten was an Australian medical entrepreneur who has a net worth of $100 million.
Geoffrey Edelsten left friends, family and loved ones heartbroken when news of Geoffrey Edelsten’s death was announced. Information about the deceased’s death was posted on social media on June 11, 2021