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The most successful private company ever in Australia’s history, and one of the most successful private mining companies in the world.

Built on a long and special history of investing and risk taking in Australia, Hancock Prospecting is an independent, privately owned Australian company that has a proud history with the Pilbara and the iron ore sector, and is one of the longest continuous owners of cattle stations in Australia.

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Gina’s Sandbar finds Cott home

Gina Rinehart’s companies Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill have donated a steel sculpture valued at $60,000 to Cottesloe council. The work, Sandbar, is by artist James Rogers, one of Australia’s leading sculptors, this week’s council meeting was told. “It’s a very generous offer,” mayor Lorraine Young told the meeting. 

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Electric heavy hauler | Wabtec and Roy Hill unveil the first FLXdrive battery locomotive

The FLXdrive locomotive represents not only a first for the Pilbara, but a first for the mining industry. “The foresight of our Executive Chairman, Gina Rinehart AO, has been instrumental in establishing an environment in which we can successfully leverage the ingenuity of our people alongside key partners like Wabtec to transform our rail and mining operations through next-generation technologies,” said Gerhard Veldsman, CEO of Hancock Prospecting Group Operations.

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2SM, Sydney, Breakfast with Richard King | Gina’s generosity

As an employee of hers, I’ll let you know that I’ve never heard a single complaint from within her workforce, as she absolutely takes care of us. Friday, which was her 70th birthday, Gina Rinehart gave away $100,000 tax free to 70 lucky employees. Drawn at random using employee identification numbers? Yes, $7 million all up. This is actually commonplace for her, as she’s extremely generous and thoroughly appreciative of those that work for her.

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Notices on fake social media posts encouraging investment in scams


“Hancock Prospecting is built on good Australian values where loyalty and performance are rewarded. Our vision is to create pathways to business and employment opportunity for veterans and ex military across Hancock Prospecting, That the veterans feel valued and preferentially treated when they approach us and that we create a real sense of recognition of military service to the country for which they served which for the majority will be Australia.”

Hancock Prospecting Executive Chairperson,
Gina Rinehart AO

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Rinehart crowned Business Person of the Year

“Under Mrs Rinehart’s leadership, Hancock Prospecting has been transformed from a company facing a parlous financial position in 1992, when she became executive chairman, to Australia’s most successful private company,” Hancock Prospecting said. “On behalf of the Hancock Prospecting executive team and staff, congratulations Mrs Rinehart on this well-earned recognition for your hard work, dedication, and leadership. Hancock Prospecting, and indeed Australia, would not be what it is today without you.”

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The Australian Financial Review names its Business Person of the Year

Gina Rinehart has capped an extraordinary year of deal-making across the mining, energy, agribusiness and retail sectors by being named The Australian Financial Review Business Person of the Year at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday evening. The annual AFR Business Person of the Year list recognises Australia’s top leaders, builders, pioneers and stirrers – and Mrs Rinehart could meet all four criteria. Her Hancock Prospecting empire, which is the biggest private company in the country by some margin, delivered another record year of shipments from its Roy Hill iron ore mine, with robust iron ore prices driving profits to more than $5 billion. The company has a staggering $38 billion in assets on its balance sheet, propelling Mrs Rinehart to the top of The Australian Financial Review’s Rich List for the fourth straight year.

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Minerals are not like crops of wheat or wool that grow every year. You have got to find more each year and more each decade if Australia’s standards of living are to continue.
Hancock Prospecting Founder