In a video tribute released shortly after his death, Paul Ramsay -- known to his close friends as “Ram” -- posed with a gentle, slightly off-kilter smile in picture after picture, standing alongside John Howard, Tony Abbott, Barnaby Joyce, even George W Bush and the former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

While Ramsay was incredibly influential and lived, in many ways, an extravagant life, he was invisible to most Australians. When he was occasionally mentioned in the gossip pages, it was usually alongside more high profile celebrities, like the time Elton John enjoyed a harbour tour on his yacht, or when Ramsay donated $300,000 to the Kevin Spacey Foundation at a charity dinner in 2011. But mostly he went by without recognition. This was how he liked it.