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.
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
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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.
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