Lyone Foundation

“We had always given to charities privately as a family but the idea was born to formalise our giving. This could form a legacy and gives us that extra purpose to keep growing the business."

After Dominque Lyone fled Egypt in 1967 to escape the Six-Day War, the 13-year-old and his family were dependent on the kindness and charity of strangers as they settled in a new land. Fifty years later, the founder of Australia’s largest family-owned provider of office supplies, COS, and his family have set a target to give $1 million a year to charity through the Lyone Foundation.

After dropping out of school to earn money for the family, Lyone quickly “got sick of working for the man”, says his daughter Belinda Lyone.

“Dad started his own little stationery company. Back in Egypt my grandfather had his own company, actually a typewriter repair business of all things, so office products are in the blood I guess,” laughs Belinda.

That little company now generates revenue of about $130 million and employs around 350 staff in offices all over Australia.

Belinda and her sister Amie joined the business a decade ago and will one day take over the reins from their father.

“We've both been in the business for…

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