AUSTRALIAS RICHEST WOMAN LISTED IN BUSINESS REVIEW WEEKLY

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Gina Rinehart second richest Aussie

NEALE PRIOR, The West Australian May 26, 2010, 1:00 pm

Gina Rinehart second richest Aussie
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Booming iron ore production and prices have made Gina Rinehart the second richest Australian and the nation’s richest woman with an estimated worth of $4.75 billion, according to a wealth list to be published by a business magazine.

Ms Rinehart, the heiress of prospector Lang Hancock, has enjoyed a $1.3 billion rise in her estimated wealth billion as she enjoys more than $200 million in annual royalties from Rio Tinto’s Pilbara mining operations and her cut of profits from her Hope Downs joint venture with Rio.

The BRW Rich 200 list estimates that Angela Bennett, the daughter of Mr Hancock’s late business partner Peter Wright, is Australia’s second richest woman with a fortune of $2.09 billion built on the half share of the Hancock-Wright royalty stream enjoyed by the Wright heirs.

BRW has Westfield shopping centre boss Frank Lowy as Australia’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $5.04 billion, taking the top spot from late cardboard mogul Dick Pratt’s son Anthony with $4.6 billion.

The Lowy fortune was estimated to have risen by $700 million over the past year, while Visy cardboard heir clocked up a relatively humble $300 million increase in wealth.

WA iron ore boss Andrew Forrest was listed as having a fortune of $4.24 billion – up from $2.38 billion last year, when the shares of his Fortescue Metals Group were still reeling from the effects of the global financial market shake down.

But in an illustration of how fleeting share market fortunes can be, the value of his stake in Fortescue has plunged by around $500 million over the past fortnight and he was probably worth only a relatively humble $3.6 billion yesterday.

BRW lists construction and building products mogul Len Buckeridge as the third richest West Australian with an estimated wealth of $2.24 billion, up from an estimated $1.95 billion last year.

Australia’s richest people on BRW magazine’s Rich 200 list:
1. Frank Lowy $5.04 billion property

2. Gina Rinehart $4.75 billion resources

3. Anthony Pratt $4.6 billion manufacturing

4. Andrew Forrest $4.24 billion resources

5. Harry Triguboff $4.2 billion property

6. James Packer $4.1 billion media, investment

7. Clive Palmer $3.92 billion resources

Youngest: Nathan Tinkler, 34, $355 million resources, racing

Oldest: David Mandie, 91, $263 million property

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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