Etrigan: “I'd look at other super-rich people to ask whether Rinehart is getting more jabbed at because of her sex and/or weight. Bill Gates gets some ribbing, but rarely this vicious; Warren Buffett almost none; the Walton clan is practically invisible.”
The “h”-word seems to be partly a gender thing. The male scions of Australian family fortunes, such as Lachlan Murdoch (the eldest son of Rupert), are not routinely described in the press as heirs. Rinehart is the only woman among the rough lot riding the mining boom at tycoon level, and none of the others probably have to read much in the papers about how they really should be able to afford a hairdresser or a personal trainer. Neither do they see, on national television, a beloved comedian, Barry Humphries, demonstrating the alarm with which he would react to waking up next to her in a motel.
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