SHE’S the fourth richest woman in Australia with a net worth of more than $1.8 billion. But mining magnate Angela Bennett is so reclusive that her Wikipedia entry contains a photograph of her rival, Gina Rinehart.
The iron ore heiress, who like Rinehart inherited a vast swathe of mining interests from her father, is said to prize her anonymity so highly that she owns the copyright on pictures of an empty staircase at her former palatial abode on Perth’s Swan River.
And in two decades of chronicling legal disputes over her family’s iron ore fortune, photojournalists failed to capture a single image in which Ms Bennett could be easily identified — managing only to snatch blurry glimpses of the billionaire with her face partially or totally concealed.
She earned the nickname “the night parrot” of Australia’s rich list, in reference to the elusive and mysterious bird thought to have been extinct for much of the last century.
Yet in December last year, she emerged from obscurity to pose for a rare photograph at Fremantle’s glamorous Blue HQ marina, which is owned by an investment company run by her son Todd Bennett, The Australian revealed.
So just who is Angela Bennett? The daughter of the late Peter Wright, the 72-year-old billionaire is Australian mining royalty.
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