Gina Rinehart: ‘I was brought up as the son dad never had’ – by Samantha Townsend (The Daily Telegraph – July 9, 2016)

The Courier-Mail – SHE may have been the boss’s daughter but Gina Rinehart didn’t get any special treatment. Like all country kids she had to work. That meant she was sent out to bring in the horses, muster in the heat and in snake-filled paddocks.

And if she got it wrong she’d have to start again, even if that meant scaling back down the windmill to get the right tool. Throughout her childhood she was by the side of her father Lang Hancock, learning not only to work the land but his impressive business skills that would eventually make her Australia’s richest woman.

Mrs Rinehart fondly recalls her childhood travelling along the bush roads with her father at the age of four without airconditioning. “My father did not have a son,” Mrs Rinehart said. “People who knew dad used to say at times I was brought up as the son dad never had.

“From four years old I would travel the bush roads with my dad and climb up windmills to bring him tools he needed while fixing windmills on the windmill runs, without a helmet or any other safety equipment.

“If I brought the wrong tool, I would need to go back down again and bring up the right one.”

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