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Ben Kingsley

Founder & Managing Director

Ben is the founding and Managing Director of Empower Wealth and inaugural Chair of the not-for-profit Property Investors Council of Australia (PICA). He holds the following qualifications:  Qualified Property Investment Advisor (QPIA); Real Estate Agency Licenses in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA & WA; Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management; Associate Diploma of Business and has become one of Australia’s leading experts and commentators on all things property investing, lending and personal money management.

Ben founded Empower Wealth in late 2007, on one hand, driven by his mission to help individuals and households achieve their personal and financial goals through smarter money management, better financial habits and long-term investing.  

On the other hand, however, he remained frustrated by the lack of professional, independent property advice that was out there and the quality of research that was supporting property investment decisions.

His vision of building a whole wealth advisory firm with qualified, experienced and specialist personnel that helps guide and advise clients on their specific, yet unique financial journey, is being realised.

Empower Wealth now combines all the key areas any household needs to grow their wealth including Property Investing (Property Investment Advisors, Buyers Agents), Finance (Mortgage Brokers), Tax Compliance and Advisory (Accountants and Tax Agents) Money and Wealth Planning, Risk Management, Superannuation, Shares, Managed Funds and Estate Planning (Financial Planners).

Hand-picking the very best and most qualified specialists, Empower Wealth has become one of Australia’s leading property and holistic wealth advisory firms, supporting clients all over Australia and Ex-Pats overseas. An ‘all in one’ team dedicated to personalised solutions for each and every one of our clients, no matter where they are located.

Empower Wealth’s approach to serving its customers is very simple – provide clients with access to tailored advice and best-in-class client portal ( with leading research and tools which will help them achieve sound long-term investment returns and find their financial peace. 

Ben’s philosophy of building great “can-do” service attitudes, strong collaboration amongst colleagues, high trust & accountability, equates to establishing a strong caring culture and client-focused teams that result in delighted customers. 

It’s Ben’s and now Empower Wealth’s true belief that no matter your background, no matter your current situation or your current starting point, anyone can truly improve their money and wealth outcomes, almost irrespective of what income they currently earn.

This approach, coupled with his experience in building his family’s multimillion-dollar property portfolio and financial independence, has seen Ben pass on his knowledge to personally help thousands of individuals and households to invest in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of residential property over 20 odd years of guiding his clients and now with the Empower Wealth team, that number continues to grow every day.

Empower Wealth has been recognised nationally with multiple awards which you can view here

In 2012, Ben was appointed Chair of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) which he served until stepping down in late 2017. PIPA is a not-for-profit association whose mandate is to increase the professionalism of those in the industry and to champion consumer protection from unscrupulous property spruikers. PIPA continues lobbying the government to have the property investment industry regulated under the Corporations Act by ASIC.

In late 2017 Ben, along with its founding board members, established a new association for all property investors in Australia.  The Property Investors Council of Australia is also a not-for-profit association run by property investors for the interest of property investors.  PICA’s charter is to continue to educate current and would-be property investors and to provide government and regulars as a central contact to engage with investors on matters which affect them.  Ben remains the current Chair of this association.

His personal property investing experience spans over 25 years with extensive experience in property acquisition, finance, cashflow modelling and analysis and the ultimate wealth creation outcomes these practice activities generate over the long term.  This experience, together with a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, issues and trends, has positioned Ben as a genuine expert in property, finance and money management disciplines. 

In 2014 and 2015 he won (2016 r/u) the Best Property Investment Advisor of the Year Award by Your Investment Property Magazine before stepping back from direct day-to-day advising of clients in 2017 to help develop his team of QPIA advisors.  

In 2018 Empower Wealth won the inaugural Property Investment Advisory Business of the Year, before the magazine ceased publishing the following year. Again, all the awards that Ben and Empower Wealth team has received can be found here.

Ben is a frequent media contributor and keynote speaker who is regularly featured across Australian TV and print publications. He also delivers professional development presentations as requested by industry partners, such as CPA Australia State Revenue Office (VIC), Industry bodies and more. 

Ben has co-authored two bestselling books –The Armchair Guide to Property Investing and Make Money Simple Again, with fellow Empower Wealth Partner Bryce Holdaway. Together he and Bryce also co-host The Property Couch, Australia’s No.1 Top Ranked and Rated Podcast that covers all things Property, Finance & Money Management. 

Finally, with the great support and expertise of the Empower Wealth team, Ben is one of the co-creators of the Lifestyle by Design platform – Moorr.  This financial wellness platform is a game changer for individuals and households looking to have a single resource and tool to better control their money, plan their futures and achieve financial peace on life’s journey.

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I was first introduced to Ben and Bryce through their ‘Making Money Simple Again’, an easy to follow guide on how to manage your everyday money. I was seeking new strategies on where to direct our income and control our expenses, as well as the best way to redirect our money for wealth building. I followed their steps, which took a couple of months of reorganising our finances and changing our behaviours, but I could definitely see improvements within months. It would have been earlier, if I had chosen the New Year to commence, instead of prior to Xmas, due to the increase of spending during this time. It was through this book, I was guided to set up the Money Smarts online portal, instead of reporting from our cloud bookkeeping program Reckon. Being such a visual person, I found Money Smarts so much easier to keep up to date and to see the tracking of our money. Moving on from there, I was then introduced in the book to their podcast, ‘The Property Couch’. Although my husband and I had bought, built and sold property in the past, we had some financial mismanagement in conjunction with having a young family and single income, so we decided to start fresh by focusing on just having an owner-occupied property and shares. There was gold in every episode, and still is! I had some binge listening to attend to, as Ben & Bryce had already recorded 185 episodes at that stage, and although we had been on a journey of our own with property, I was like a sponge and was eager to learn from our mistakes. Seeing the benefits of their daily money management strategies and gaining confidence by listening to their podcasts, I felt it was super important to develop a financial plan to carry us through to our retirement years. I then decided to engage their team to help us out on the best strategy for us in moving forward. We were introduced to Joel Burton via Zoom and after several weeks of getting to know us, understanding our financial background, our risk profiles and our goals, Joel has now completed our Property Portfolio Plan. We weren’t rushed into making any decisions and Joel was very patient as well as directive when asked. I’m excited but also relieved….to having new financial ventures to look forward to, but also a road map on how we are going to get there. We may be the captain of our ship, but knowing we have Empower Wealth and in particular Joel as our rudder, provides us the guidelines for stability and security. Thanks Team!

- Evan & Gabby, QLD October 2019

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