Birthday: February 9, 1954
Age: 66 Years, 66 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Also Known As: Georgina Rinehart, Georgina Hope Hancock
Born in: Perth
Famous as: Mining Heiress
Spouse/Ex-: Frank Rinehart, Greg Hayward
father: Lang Hancock
mother: Hope Margaret Nicholas
children: Bianca Hope Hayward, Ginia Rinehart, Hope Rinehart Welker, John Langley Hancock
City: Perth, Australia
education: University of Sydney, St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
Georgina Hope "Gina" Rinehart is an Australian mining heiress, counted amongst the richest women in the world. She is the Chairperson of the Hancock Prospecting group, a mineral exploration and extraction company that was founded by her father in the 1950s. As the only child of Lang Hancock, a high-profile iron ore magnate who was one of the wealthiest men in Australia, Gina was groomed to succeed her father from an early age. After completing her schooling, she studied economics at the University of Sydney. Blessed with inherent business acumen, she decided to drop out in order to work alongside her father in his business. She gained an extensive knowledge of the iron ore industry at a young age and was actively involved in helping her father expand the business. As expected, she inherited Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited (HPPL) and the HPPL Group of companies upon the death of her father. She proved to be an astute businesswoman and vastly expanded the business over the ensuing years. At one point of time she was so financially prosperous that she was named the richest woman in the world. She prefers to maintain a low profile in spite of being one of the most successful businesspeople in Australia
Childhood & Early Life
She was born as the only child of Hope Margaret Nicholas and Lang Hancock in Perth, Western Australia, on 9 February 1954. Her father was a wealthy businessman who was famous for discovering the world's largest iron ore deposit in 1952 and founding the Hancock Prospecting group.
Gina was sent to St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls in Perth for her schooling. As the daughter of one of the richest men in Australia, she lived a lavish life. Her father doted on her completely and ensured that she enjoyed all the luxuries money could buy.
From an early age she was groomed to succeed her father. Lang Hancock took his daughter on business trips and made her attend the company’s meetings. Gina inherited her father’s interest in the mining business and gained valuable experience in the field while still a young girl.
After completing her schooling she enrolled in the University of Sydney to study economics. However, she did not like her university life and returned home to her father to help him in the business.
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She was a bright young woman with a genuine interest in expanding the business her father had so lovingly built. After dropping out of college she joined her father and gained extensive knowledge of how the mining and iron-ore industry operated.
Lang Hancock died in 1992. Married and widowed by now, Gina Rinehart inherited her father’s business and became the Chairperson of Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited (HPPL) and the HPPL Group of companies.
During her father’s time, the company’s mining activities were mainly related to exploration and accumulation of vast mining lease. Hancock Prospecting also received royalties from Hamersley Iron since the late 1960s.
After inheriting the business Gina set upon growing and expanding it. She focused on developing the company’s underdeveloped deposits and entered into several joint venture partnerships for raising capital.
Hancock Prospecting entered into a joint venture with Rio Tinto and shares 50 per cent of the profits generated by the Hope Downs mine, which is operated by Rio Tinto and produces 30 million tonnes of iron ore annually. The company also has a joint venture with Mineral Resources Limited at Nicholas Downs, northwest of Newman, which produces 500 million tonnes of ferruginous manganese.
Over the years, Rinehart extended her business interests which are no longer limited to the mining business. She acquired a 10 per cent stake in Ten Network Holdings in 2010 and later on purchased a substantial stake in Fairfax Media too. By February 2012 she had become the largest shareholder in Fairfax with a stake of over 12 per cent.
In 2015, she acquired Fossil Downs, a pastoral lease and cattle station, after it was placed on the market for the first time in 133 years. The sale price of the 4,000 square kilometres (1,544 sq mi) property stocked with 15,000 head of cattle was not disclosed, but it is estimated to be between A$25 to 30 million.
Awards & Achievements
Gina Rinehart won the Australian Export Heroes Award (in recognition of an extraordinary contribution to the growth and development of Australian exports) in 2009.
In 2011, she won Government Media Mining Awards for Outstanding Leadership of a Mining Company.
In 2012 she was named the Trailblazer of Australia for promoting Australia internationally. This was the first time the Trailblazer Award had been awarded to an individual rather than a company.
She won CEO Magazine's Chairperson of the Year award in 2014.
She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in 2014.
Personal Life & Legacy
She married Englishman Greg Milton in 1973. The couple had two children and divorced in 1981.
Her second marriage in 1983 was to a much older man, Frank Rinehart, who was a German American corporate lawyer. This marriage too produced two children. Frank died in 1990.
Rinehart has been actively involved in promoting the cause of development of Australia's North. She has founded the lobby group ANDEV, ("Australians for Northern Development & Economic Vision") and has spoken, written articles and published a book on the development of Australia’s North.
As a philanthropist, Gina Rinehart prefers to maintain a low profile in order to protect her privacy. She is on the expert advisory board of SISHA, a Cambodian non-profit organisation campaigning against human trafficking and is known to visit girls' orphanages in Cambodia.
As of 2015, Gina Rinehart has a net worth of US$11.7 billion.