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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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Magnate Gina Rinehart Moves into Rare Earth Metals

In a decisive move signaling confidence in the burgeoning rare earth metals market, Gina Rinehart, executive chairman of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd., has recently acquired a significant 5.3% stake in MP Materials Corp, a major player in the U.S. rare earth sector. This strategic investment is particularly timely, as it coincides with a notable upswing in rare earth prices, reflecting a broader market recovery and an optimistic outlook for the sector.

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Gina Rinehart-Backed Lithium Hopeful Surges After Pilot Batch

The firm’s pilot plant in Landau, Germany, delivered a batch of lithium chloride in line with the quality it eventually plans to make commercially, Vulcan said in a statement on Thursday. The firm backed by Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart has agreements to supply European carmakers including Stellantis, Renault SA, and Volkswagen AG.

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EXCLUSIVE: I spent a day watching Australia’s Olympic women rowers train. What I saw left me stunned and inspired

“You’re trying to do something pretty amazing and that’s winning an Olympic gold medal.” There’s a palpable sense of achievement as the squad’s time on the rowing machines hits 60 minutes, marking the end of another dreaded ergs session and gruelling training day. Rowe and Jacqui Swick, seated side-by-side on the ergs, get up and give each other a proud and triumphant high-five.

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3 World Cup Medals for Team Australia at World Aquatics Cup

The Hancock Prospecting Artistic Swimming Australia Team has won two silver medals and a bronze medal in the team events following outstanding performances during the first leg of the World Aquatics Cup in Beijing! The team also reached new personal best scores showing significant improvements from their recent performance during the World Aquatics Championships in Doha in February.

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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