This woman has become such a big player in Australia and indeed the world that she deserves her own thread.
To me she opitimises all that is pathetic about the capatalist system and individuals that get to personally control to much capital and asset.
3 out of 4 of her Children cant stand her according to the media - now that would say something about anyone.
Ill start the thread with article that articulates typical public perception of this woman.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busi...-1226381993488UNDER THE CONTROL OF GINA RINEHART
THE inference you take from numerous reports over Fairfax Media's apparent reluctance to offer its biggest shareholder, Gina Rinehart, a board seat (or the requested two) is that she has been reluctant to pledge not to try to directly influence editorial policy.
A second inference, arising directly from the first, is that Rinehart actively wants to influence editorial policy at Fairfax.
You might suppose that if Gina was in a position to influence FM's editorial policies, then about now is the juncture at which she'd be tempted to do so. She has been under union fire for wanting to bring in up to 1700 foreign workers to help establish her 70 per cent owned Roy Hill iron ore project in Western Australia's remote but lucrative Pilbara region. And she'd be immensely aware of a speech to the Minerals Council of Australia, delivered last Thursday by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Gillard said, in part: "You (miners) don't own the minerals. I don't own the minerals. Governments only sell you the right to mine the resource, a resource we hold in trust for a sovereign people. They own it and they deserve their share."
Perceptions of Australia's richest person seem to extend well beyond the mining sector. Last Monday's Q&A (ABC1, 9.30pm, Mondays) saw her variously described as greedy, perverse, cruel, controlling, fat and ugly.