The family immigrated to Australia as refugees in 1999 and were placed in a Housing Commission apartment in Liverpool, southwest Sydney.
In college and working full time, Cvijetic didn’t exactly follow the advice of the three Macquarie leaders. He skipped a law degree to start working in investment banking with Barclays at age 21. Two years later, he entered private equity and was promoted to his current role of Chief Investment Officer of Boab Capital at the age of 27.
The generosity of others
“I was supporting my family financially and the idea of studying for a few more years and postponing my career was not an attractive option,” Cvijetic said.
But Macquarie executives inspired Cvijetic to continue his career path. He also credits the generosity of others, including his parents, basketball coaches and high school math teacher, for helping him succeed.
After arriving in Australia, Cvijetic learned English quickly and helped his father, Zeljko, who was a pre-war math teacher, and his mother, Ruza, previously a marketing manager for a large corporation, navigate the forms. government at Centrelink.
The family visited a warehouse run by the Smith family twice a year to pick out second-hand clothes. From there, they were referred to the Smith Family Scholarship Program, which provided money that Cvijetic used when he was 10 to buy a basketball and shoes to join the club. Obilic basketball in Cabramatta.
“Obilic is where I spent so many hours in my formative years rather than getting into trouble in the neighborhood,” he says.
During the summer months, the Financial analysis, the charitable partner of The Smith Family, will feature former students who have been successful in the business and non-profit world.
Funding from the Smith family also paid for boxing and swimming lessons, and Cvijetic was accepted into Westfields Sports High School’s Talented Athletes Program. After graduating from high school, he majored in Finance and Accounting at Sydney University of Technology, under the Bachelor of Accounting Co-operative Scholarship Program.
“This scholarship allowed me to pursue a basketball education which allowed me to land a spot at Westfields with many other talented athletes and ultimately paved the way for me to be part of a selective program. in college with a small group of very impressive students, which in turn set up my career, ”says Cvijetic.
The Financial Review teamed up with the Smith family earlier this year to mark our 70th Platinum Anniversary and to contribute to our goal of “promoting business-driven opportunity and prosperity.”