Mr Rino John Grollo

Rino Grollo was born in Melbourne in 1947. Since finishing high school at Parade College, East Melbourne, he has more than 50 years’ experience in property, construction and financial management.

Together with father Luigi and brother Bruno, he’s been critical in changing the skyline of Melbourne and Sydney with landmark, award-winning property development and construction projects. In Melbourne these include the Rialto Towers, Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, 101 Collins St, 120 Collins St, Crown casino, Monash’s Caulfield campus, Melbourne University Square and ANZ Bank. Sydney accomplishments include the Governor Phillip and Governor Macquarie towers, Notre Dame University and the redevelopment of the classic GPO at No.1 Martin Place. In Darwin, he’s known for building 400 houses following Cyclone Tracey.

Rino and wife Diana are generous donors to many causes directly and through their private foundation, including Monash University (Prato, teaching of Italian studies, support in archaeology, and vital medical research), the Committee for Melbourne,tThe National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre, University of Melbourne, Latrobe University, Royal Children’s Hospital, the Australian Olympic Committee (winter and summer), and many institutes and committees involved in promoting cultural diversity and community engagement, especially among Italo-Australians.

Rino is a long-time supporter of Monash University and is a prominent member of Melbourne's Italian community. He and Diana believe Prato is the true face of Italy, exhibiting the raw Italian culture that’s about community networks and hard work. This is the Italy he wants Australian students to experience and understand. He also wants to expand Italians' knowledge and understanding of Australia through educational and cultural channels, tourism and business.

Rino has been pivotal in the establishment and growth of the Victorian Interschool Snow Sports Championships (now 6000 competitors from 334 schools). In conjunction with the federal government, he also established the Australian Ski Institute – now the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, from which many of our Olympians graduate.

Awards and honours

  • Grand Ufficiale (Italian Republic)
  • Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
  • Olympic Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee
  • Doctor of the University (Honoris Causa), Australian Catholic University
  • Degree of Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa), La Trobe University