Next week, during Easter non-ratings, Australian Story will hit the replay button on a 1997 interview given by Gina Rinehart, including with her 21 year old son John, who is now at odds with his mother.
Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart rarely consents to interviews and, as her wealth and influence have grown, so has her apparent aversion to media coverage of her personal life. However, in 1997, with her oldest son John Hancock, she did agree to an Australian Story profile which provided family insights that may be as relevant today as they were back then.
The current court proceedings involving Mrs. Rinehart and three of her four children, including John, has shed uncomfortable daylight on the feuding among the heirs to the Hancock mining billions. The dispute is complex but at its centre, is a trust set up in l988 by Mrs. Rinehart’s late father, Lang Hancock, for the benefit of his grandchildren.
House of Hancock provides a candid insight into the multi-generational family saga that has long fascinated Australians. Mrs. Rinehart reflects openly about her childhood as the only heir of the then richest man in Australia, known as the ‘King of the Pilbara’.
At 21, her son John Rinehart (now Hancock) is being groomed to run the family empire by Mrs. Rinehart, in much the same way as she had been taught by her father. Mrs. Rinehart also canvasses the rift that developed when her father married his maid, the Filipino socialite Rose Lacson and her reconciliation with her father in the last few months of his life.
8pm Monday ABC1