John Fordham Bio, Wiki
John Fordham is the founder of celebrity management business The Fordham Company, which he set up in the late 1970s. Fordham is reported to have passed away on Sunday, morning Nov 10th in the hospice of Sacred Heart, Darlinghurst, aged 75 after a 3 year battle with throat cancer.
John Fordham Brothers
Fordman’s extraordinary life started with being the middle of two brothers who made their fame before him. His eldest sibling Bob was a highly regarded international rugby referee, before heading up the ARU while his younger brother David was a well-loved television sports journalist, who passed away himself from cancer a decade ago.
Fordham is reported to have passed away on Sunday morning in the hospice of Sacred Heart, Darlinghurst, aged 75 after a 3 year battle with throat cancer.
John Fordham Career
John Fordham first made his name doing public relations for Qantas before starting up his own celebrity management agency, concentrating on media and sporting identities, including this correspondent. His company, The Fordham Company was founded in the 70s. Over the years he managed everyone from Jones, Laws, Stuart and Chappell, to Richie Benaud, Tracy Grimshaw, Paul Roos, Craig Bellamy, Sylvia Jeffreys and my wife, Lisa Wilkinson.
In business, Fordham played the game ruthlessly, driving hard to get the best contracts for his clients. Personally, he was unfailingly warm and engaging.
John Fordham Philanthropy
John Fordham Wife, Children
Fordham was married to his wife of 40 years, Veronica. Together they have some children with the known one being, his artist daughter Sarah, and his eldest son, Ben, of 2GB fame and Nick his second-born son.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, November 10th, his second son Nick — who had taken over the management company his father had founded and who had been keeping 24-hour bedside watch — called the rest of the exhausted family to come from their homes.
John Fordham Death & Cause
Fordham passed away on Sunday, morning Nov 10th in the hospice of Sacred Heart, Darlinghurst, aged 75 after a 3 year battle with throat cancer.
As the family held each other around the bed, it was his daughter Sarah who said it, addressing him by his family nickname. “Just let go, Jack, just let go.” Her father let go, and he passed away minutes later.
Ben Fordham paid tribute to his dad on Instagram on Monday morning, Nov. 11th, writing: “My dad has passed away. It was the most peaceful goodbye. We were all there with him and feel blessed.
“What a bloke. When we were growing up, he spent every spare minute playing on the street with all of the neighbourhood kids. He built a business with my mum that set the standard for public relations and personality management. He was a wonderful donor to charity and established the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.
“As a mate, he was the best. If any of his family or friends or clients were in trouble, he’d go to war. ‘If you grab the tail, you get the whole tiger’ – that was Jack.