Gina Rhinehart’s daughter tells the Australian Federal Court that her mother routinely bullied her children into unfavorable decisions.
The 38-year-old said that when she joined Hancock Prospecting as a personal assistant to Mrs Rinehart in 2011, she was forced to sign an undated letter of resignation.
“She could be a bully, she could belittle and she could hold a grudge,” Ms Rinehart said of her mother.
It not uncommon for Gina Rinehart to tell Australians how they should live citing her inheritance as evidence of a work hard ethic.
Rhinehart has increased her wealth to $20 billion on the back of Australia’s mining boom making her one of the richest and most powerful individuals in the world. Rhinehart was instrumental in the multi million dollar mining industry’s campaign against the Australian Labor government’s legislation to bring mining taxation in line with corporate taxation.
Rhinehart has also called for all Australians to take a pay cut citing Africans working for less than $2 per day as an inspiration.
The New Yorker provides an interesting essay (long but worth the time) on Hancock and his fortunes although it erroneously says Gina Rhinehart shuns the media. It certainly highlights that Gina was heavily influenced by her father whom she adored.
According to her father:
“…that the “problem” of “half-castes” could be solved by luring people to a central welfare office, to “dope” their water in order to sterilize them and thus wipe out the race.”
While Rhinehart appears to be heavily influenced by her father’s social views she was to sour this relationship too, prompting him to say:
“allow me to remember you as the neat, trim, capable and attractive young lady” that she had been, rather than “the slothful, vindictive and devious baby elephant that you have become.” She was “grossly overweight,” he wrote. “I am glad your mother cannot see you now.”
And for a little fun, below is the web site referenced in the New Yorker article: