Before Sunrise, Kochie was a (self-proclaimed) finance nerd who studied to be an accountant, and started as a cadet on the business pages of The Australian newspaper before joining BRW magazine soon after its launch in the early 1980s. He was one of the founders of consumer finance journalism in Australia and created Personal Investment magazine, which made him the youngest editor in the Fairfax Media group. He then launched Personal Investment magazines in New Zealand and the UK. He produced Britain’s first Rich List which started in Money Magazine which he had bought for Fairfax. Kochie has a strong interest in small business issues and was a director of the NSW Small Business Development Corporation for over six years being appointed to the board at its inception in 1996.
David has maintained his passion for money writing finance columns for various publications including New Idea, The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.
As a former business owner and operator and now director of Pinstripe Media, Kochie is one of Australia’s foremost business and finance commentators and he speaks regularly at corporate events about small business, finance and investment issues as well as providing practical tips. Kochie is in demand as a host and MC, and regularly addresses a wide range of corporate events and groups. He speaks informatively from a base of personal experience and knowledge of business and financial issues.
Pinstripe Media is Kochie's family business which has been operating for 25 years. It is a content and digital marketing business which specializes in small business and personal finance. In 2020, he co-founded Australia’s only live streaming business and markets channel, Ausbiz.
A huge supporter of the Port Adelaide AFL Club, Kochie was appointed Chairman at the end of 2012, with the goal to steer the organization out of crisis and back on the road to sustained success both on and off the field. Since his appointment, Port has transformed the AFL landscape with their exceptional game day experience, fitness levels and supporter interaction – a benchmark for the league.
Kochie is patron of the Youth off The Streets managed Koch Centre For Youth at Macquarie Fields.
Kochie’s widespread appeal and popularity has seen him earn some
- Nominated for a silver Logie in 2004 and 2005 for Best TV Presenter.
- Banking and Finance Magazine voted Koch Australia’s Best Finance Journalist.
- The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia presented him with the “Small Business Champion award” in recognition of his support of Australian small business.
- A survey conducted by Money Management newspaper recognised David as one of the 10 most influential people in establishing the retail financial services industry.
- A Reader’s Digest survey found he is also one of the top 25 most trusted people in Australia.
Finance and football aside, Kochie is an all-round good bloke and family man – proudly being named Australian Father of the Year in 2007. Just please don’t ask Kochie about the Wallabies, Sydney Kings or Port Power. He takes being a passionate support to a whole new level!