b. 1947

Susan Alberti is a businesswoman and a philanthropist who has been a major supporter of medical research, education and Australian Rules football.

Alberti’s involvement in the support of medical research began following the diagnosis and subsequent death of her only child, Danielle. She recently established the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for medical research.

As a young girl, Alberti loved Australian Rules football and was devastated when she reached her teenage years and was no longer permitted to play. Her passion for the game has never left her and she has been a key figure in the establishment of the AFL Women’s league after many years of supporting the Victorian Women’s Football League.

Alberti served four terms on the board of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and, along with president Peter Gordon, was instrumental in saving the club from financial ruin in the 1990s. She stepped down as vice-president after the Bulldogs’ historic premiership win in 2016.

Susan Alberti has received many honours, among them an honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University in 2006 and an honorary Doctor of the University from Victoria University in 2016. These honours recognise her outstanding service to the community through her philanthropy and advocacy for medical research, education and sport.

She is a Member of the Order of Australia, an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Companion of the Order of Australia. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014.