Gina Rinehart is a leading figure in the mining and agricultural industries in Australia.
She spent her childhood between the Pilbara, in north-west Australia, where she lived with her parents on large sheep and cattle properties in the remote and rugged iron ore region, later attending boarding school at St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth.
Since becoming Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group in 1992, Mrs. Rinehart has transformed the Group from one that was in difficulties and financially troubled to a successful industry-leading innovator. Under Mrs. Rinehart’s leadership, the Hancock Group has diversified from prospecting to include investments in iron ore, coal, beef, dairy and property.
Mrs Rinehart’s achievements include the development of the mega Roy Hill project, the exploration and then development of four major iron ore mines at Hope Downs with joint-venture partner Rio Tinto, and the considerable expansion of Hancock’s agricultural business, now the second largest producer of cattle in Australia.
At Hope Downs, Mrs Rinehart took the company’s tenements from a status of temporary titles – with the area having little more than a few drill holes – to then with partner Rio Tinto, construction of three major mines. This involved an enormous approval process and extensive high-risk expenditure both for exploration and studies, then raising money to develop these mammoth mines and related facilities.
Photo: Mrs Rinehart from the BBC Documentary Man of Iron.
Mrs Rinehart & Sam Walsh at Hope Downs celebrating the Joint Venture
Mrs Rinehart’s flagship achievement is the exploration, financing, construction and operation of the $US10 billion Roy Hill project – the debt raised was the largest ever for a mainly greenfield land-based mining and infrastructure project anywhere in the world. This debt-funding package was secured from 19 of the largest banks in the world and five Export Credit Agencies.
Mrs Rinehart’s vision to grow and value-add Australian food exports has been the basis for significant investments, including the acquisition of the iconic S. Kidman and Co pastoral company. Today, the Hancock Group is Australia’s second largest beef producer with a total herd size of over 320,000 cattle.
Mrs Rinehart’s business acumen and industry leadership has been recognised in her own country and internationally. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bond University, an Honorary Life Membership of the Institute of Public Affairs, named Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year in 2009, CEO Magazine’s Chairman of the Year in 2014 and 2017, which are in addition to numerous lifetime achievement and other awards.
She is also founder of Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision (ANDEV), has authored two books, is a regular feature writer, started Australia’s Annual National Mining and Related Industries Day and National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, and is Patron of several organisations.
A philanthropic champion, Mrs Rinehart and the Hancock Group’s charitable objectives support a number of medical, sporting, educational, health and community organisations. She serves as Patron of Australia’s internationally renowned Olympic swimming, rowing, volleyball and synchronised swimming teams and has received the honour of an Order of Merit from the Australian Olympic Committee.
Mrs Rinehart and the Hancock Group are also a significant contributor to the SAS Resources Fund, Parkerville Children and Youth Care, Cambodian Children’s Fund, the Regional Achievement Awards, and has privately funded upgrades at hospitals such as St Vincent’s Sydney and Kingaroy Hospital.
Mrs Rinehart has been honoured with numerous awards recognising her significant endeavours, risk taking, hard work and contribution in Australia, including inter alia:
2006 | Diggers and Dealers ‘Deal of the Year’ (for Hope Downs).
2009 | Australian Export Heroes Award (in recognition of an extraordinary contribution to the growth and development of Australian exports).
2009 | Telstra – West Australian Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award.
2009 | Telstra West Australian Business Woman of the Year.
2009 | Telstra Australian Commonwealth Business Woman of the Year (National).
2009 | Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year (National).
2011 | 100 Year Centenary, Hall of Fame (WA).
2011 | Global Leadership Award (the ‘Masterclass CEO of the Year’).
2011 | Government Media Mining Awards for Outstanding Leadership of a Mining Company.
2012 | Diggers and Dealers ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for the Roy Hill Project. (This is the first time in Digger and Dealer’s history that this award has been presented to a Chairman twice).
2012 | McMillan Woods Global Awards 2012 – Visionary CEO of the Year.
2012 | Trailblazer of Australia – for promoting Australia internationally. (This is the first time the Trailblazer Award has been awarded to an individual rather than a company).
2013 | Free Enterprise Leader Award 2013 (in recognition of Mrs Rinehart’s vision for Australia and her commitment to Australia’s future).
2013 | Honorary Doctorate at Bond University
2014 | Lifetime Achievement Award – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
2014 | The BrandLaureate Woman of the Year Brand ICON Leadership Award – Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.
2014 | Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee (interalia).
2014 | Chairman of the Year Award – CEO Magazine.
2014 | Best Company for Leadership, Mining Australia “Hancock Prospecting” – IAIR Awards.
2015 | McMillan Woods Global Awards – Philanthropist of the Year Award.
2015 | Outstanding Women Leadership Achievement Award – presented by the World Women Leadership Congress and Awards Mumbai February
2015 | IJ Global Asia Award – Roy Hill Mining and Metals Deal of the Year for the Asia Pacific region
2015 | Mines & Money “Lifetime Achiever’s Award” Hong Kong
2015 | Australian Mining Prospect Award – Contribution to Mining
2015 | IMARC Inaugural 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 | Sydney Mining Club, Australian Miner of the Decade
2016 | Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) Women in Resources Lifetime Achievement Award
2016 | Momentum Most Inspiring Woman of the Year Award
2016 | Global Lifetime Brand Icon Award in Minerals & Exploration
2016 | Honorary Life Membership of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)
2016 | Federation Star Award from the International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI)
2017 | Lifetime Achievement Award from S&P Global Platts
2017 | Excellence in Mining award at the Women in Industry Conference and Awards.
2017 | Women Leaders of the Decade in Innovation & Enterprise Award from the Women Economic Forum
2017 | Contribution to Mining, Australian Mining Prospect Awards
2017 | Chairperson of the Year Award, CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards
2018 | The Angkor Award for leadership in female empowerment from the Cambodian Children’s Fund
2018 | 500 Club State Shapers Award for her role in shaping the state of Western Australia
2018 | American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) – Gold Trophy
2018 | EY’s Western Region Champion of Entrepreneurship
2018 | Mines and Money special award for Outstanding Achievement in the mining and resources sector