The House of Hancock

Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Person in Australian History

by Adele Ferguson

Pan Macmillan, $34.99 pb, 480 pp, 9781742610979

The House of Hancock: The Rise and Rise of Gina Rinehart

by Debi Marshall

William Heinemann, $34.95 pb, 381 pp, 9781742756745

Reading two books about Gina Rinehart back to back is far from edifying. So rich, so controlling, so opinionated, so entitled – and these are among her less objectionable qualities, as described in the two biographies published since she burst into the headlines amid reports of family litigation, media buy-ins, and escalating wealth. Indeed, whatever she did would captivate widespread interest, given that her worth ballooned from a tidy $900 million in 2006 to $20 billion this year.

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Jan McGuinness

Jan McGuinness

Jan McGuinness has more than thirty years’ experience in print and television journalism. She teaches feature writing in the School of Journalism at Monash University and is researching a biography of Shirley Hazzard.

Published in November 2012 no. 346

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