Jason Akermanis

How Jason Akermanis has gone from AFL outcast to business mogul | WATCH

PHOTO: Akermanis makes his farewell to the AFL in the traditional pre-grand final lap of honour in 2010. He is pictured with daughters Charlotte and Sienna and former Port Adelaide and Fremantle star Josh Carr

  • AFL superstar Jason Akermanis is now head of a burgeoning real estate business
  • In June will launch form of cryptocurrency that uses a ‘peer-to-peer’ mechanism 
  • He is passing on expertise to daughter Charlotte who is chasing an AFLW career 
  • Akermanis has opened up about how he met the family he never knew he had
  • ‘Aker’ also cast new light on his controversial exit from the Lions and Bulldogs

After 15 years of self-imposed exile, the irrepressible Jason Akermanis is back in Brisbane with a venture that he believes will see him kick the biggest goal of his life.

The Brownlow Medallist and three-time AFL premiership-winner who left Queensland in 2006 after a feud with Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews is part of a consortium that includes controversial businessman Allan Endresz, owner of champion racehorse Alligator Blood.

In June they will launch Zucoins, a form of cryptocurrency that uses a new ‘peer-to-peer’ mechanism to enable foreign exchange worldwide.

Confident as ever, the 44-year-old Akermanis is tipping it will be ‘as big as Bitcoin’, the digital currency which came on the market in 2009 for less than one cent per coin and is currently trading at over $70,000 per coin. Even if Zucoins’ value reaches a fraction of that, ‘Aker’ will make a fortune.