Gina Rinehart 'randomly' gives workers $100k bonus

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Gina Rinehart. Australian money.
Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, has given 10 lucky employees a $100,000 Christmas bonus. (Source: Getty)

Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, has given 10 lucky staff members a $100,000 Christmas bonus.

The mining magnate randomly selected 10 workers at Roy Hill, the mining project owned by her company Hancock Prospecting, out of a hat.

Rinehart reportedly told employees to “stand by for an important announcement” last week, a source told Perth’s 6PR Radio on Monday.

“She announced the fact that she was going to call 10 names out of a hat,” they told John Hughes Rumours File.

“Those names would each receive a $100,000 Christmas bonus.”

On Tuesday, an anonymous worker called up the radio show to confirm the rumour.According to the worker, one of the lucky winners had only been working for the company for three months.

Last month, Roy Hill reported a net profit of $3.2 billion for the year to June 30. This result was down 28 per cent from a record profit in 2021, with the company attributing this to falling iron ore prices.

The mine paid $3.3 billion in dividends to its owners, including Rinhart’s Hancock Prospecting, which has a 70 per cent shareholding.

Rinehart is Australia’s richest person, with a net worth of $34 billion, according to the Australian Financial Review’s 2022 Rich List.

She beat out former CEO of Fortescue Metals Group Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest ($30.7 billion), as well as Atlassian CEOs Mike Cannon-Brookes ($27.8 billion) and Scott Farquhar ($26.4 billion).

Rinehart recently made headlines after being spotted at Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign launch at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Earlier this year, she also controversially withdrew a $15 million sponsorship deal with Netball Australia. It came after players voiced concerns about the partnership after archived video surfaced showing Rinehart’s father, Lang Hancock, making racist comments.

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