Greek Australian personal trainer and fitness sensation Kayla Itsines, has been named in the 2017 Young Rich List as one of Australia’s top 100 wealthiest self-made citizens aged under 40.
26-year-old Itsines came in at number 40, worth $63 million and is also named as the top five wealthiest young women, with Cyan Ta’aad (No. 9, $216m), Melanie Perkins (No. 17, $128m), Erica Baxter (No. 30, $79m), Kayla Itsines (No. 40, $63m), and supermodel turned businesswoman Miranda Kerr (No. 62, $44m).
Women around the world are obsessed with Itsines, who has become Instagram-famous with over 5 million followers on her social media page and millions more on her Facebook page.
She is the creator of a series of fitness ebooks titled 'Bikini Body Guides' and has also launched a meal-planning and workout app, 'Sweat with Kayla'.
Itsines turned the Bikini Body Training Company into a success story from an idea she had as a stand-in gym instructor into a global e-commerce business with exercise programs, diet plans and recipes for healthy eating and fitness merchandise.
She also runs bootcamp classes that attract hundreds of women to workout together in the US, Europe and Australian cities.
Itsines is also very proud of her Greek background and recently took a holiday to Greece. She also regularly talks about her close knit family and her love of Greek food and culture.
“I love being Greek. It means I have a Pappou and Yiayia and they grow all of their own produce fresh in their backyard. My Pappou grows mangos and pomegranates and they are soooooo different to the ones at the shops. So fresh and amazing,” she said.