and CEO, Fortescue Metals Group
Metals Group GenerationOne
Packer - Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest Indigenous
Employment Tag Team - 6th July 2011
"Twiggy" Forrest Wins Media Man Social and
Community Entrepreneur Of The Month - May 2010
"Twiggy" Forrest and Greg
Tingle (Media Man director and founder)
Ideas Forum, Fox Studios, Sydney - 29th July 2010
Packer and Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest
Forrest started Fortescue in April 2003 and was the
driving force behind the creation of the Pilbara Iron
Ore and Infrastructure Project. He was the inaugural
Chairman of Fortescue but handed over the role to
a Non-Executive Director in May 2005. Mr Forrest is
Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director
of the Company and is also on the Remuneration Committee.
Forrest is also currently Non-Executive Chairman of
Poseidon Nickel Limited and is also Chairman of the
West Australian charity, The Australian Children's
roles include Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman
of Anaconda Nickel Ltd (now Minara Resources Ltd)
and Chairman of the Murrin Murrin Joint Venture, Director
of the West Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy,
Chairman of Athletics Australia, Chairman of Moly
Mines Ltd and Chairman of Siberia Mining Corporation
Forrest has extensive experience in the mining sector
with specialist expertise in large scale project finance
and implementation. Mr Forrest is also a long-standing
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Forrest (born 1961) also known by his nickname Twiggy,
is a Western Australian mining entrepreneur, currently
chief executive officer, and the major shareholder
of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Ltd, which is developing
the Pilbara Iron Ore and Infrastructure Project. Between
28 December 2007 and 3 October 2008, he was identified
as Australia's richest man.
graduated from Hale School in Perth, and after university,
worked as a stock broker at broking house Jacksons.
In his early 30s, he became the founding CEO of Anaconda
Nickel (now Minara Resources). Although this project
experienced teething problems during commissioning
and attracted intense criticism, it has since grown
to be one of Australia's single largest mineral exporters
with its giant Murrin Murrin Joint Venture nickel
In 2003, he took control of Allied Mining and Processing
and renamed it Fortescue Metals Group. With Forrest
as CEO, Fortescue grew to possess three times the
tenements of its nearest rival in Western Australia's
iron ore rich Pilbara region. Fortescue holds major
deposits at Mount Nicholas, Christmas Creek, Cloudbreak,
2007, Forrest took control of a Niagara Mining, which
owns tenements around Laverton, Western Australia,
the site of the famous 1969 Poseidon nickel boom
is the youngest son of Donald and Judith Forrest.
He is the great-grandnephew of former Premier John
Forrest. His early years were spent as a jackaroo
on the family station at Mindaroo in the Pilbara.
great-grandfather, David Forrest, was the manager
of Minderoo Station and was MLA for the seat of Ashburton
for 2 years.
is married with three children.
2009, Forrest opened Hale School's new Teaching and
Learning precinct including a new Library Resource
Centre, which was named The Forrest Library in recognition
of the contributions made by the Forrest family to
Prime Minister, John Howard said of Forrest in 1999:
"I've met a lot of managing directors, but I
don't think I've met a more self-evidently enthusiastic
and dedicated managing director than Ive met
in Andrew Forrest"
2008, Forrest met with Australia's PM Kevin Rudd to
get some financial backing from the Federal Government,
for his plan to employ 50,000 Aboriginals. (Credit:
Aboriginals And Casinos Generate Bob Geldof Heat,
by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
and community entrepreneurs, what do Aussie indigenous
peoples, casinos and pop icon Bob Geldof share in
common? No, its not a game of what's red, white and
black all over... ok, bad joke... the answer is "a
nun in a blender". Getting serious, wonderful
Australian initiative GenerationOne, has once again
brought together an eclectic mix of society, business,
rock stars, humanitarians... the whole box and dice.
Media Man, passionate community campaigner and media
entrepreneur, and Gambling911, new media powerhouse,
hit the Aussie Outback in search of answers...
Aid humanitarian and rock star "rat" tells
us Australia has "exiled" indigenous Australians
from the nation.
and Asia Pacific casino and lifestyle king, James
Packer of Crown, copped an earful, as did others...
more on that later, but here's an overview... the
calm before the storm friends...
were forced to be exiled from themselves and that
must stop," he preached.
need to pull them back into themselves because youve
acknowledged them as being. The spiritual core of
yourselves will only be filled when this is done.".
Boobtown Rat was speaking to a breakfast for Perth,
WA mining baron Andrew "Twiggy" Forrests
nation-touring GenerationOne movement. "Twiggy"
and the team aims to halt indigenous disparity within
this generation. Geldof likened indigenous affairs
in Australia to situations hed witnessed in
3rd-world Africa, and you get the idea.
said on the radio back in 1984 that to die of want
in a world of surplus is not only intellectually absurd,
it is morally repulsive. Well lets add economically
illiterate to that.
already started to sound that he was talking to the
casino, development and mining industry... he has
a captive audience, that much is for certain, and
news media caught every word!
removed from your society of 'having a go' 500,000
of your own. That is absurd. Its economically
like those 44 million African children (given access
to education from the Live Aid campaign) will be a
massive driving force in the world economy, so your
own Aboriginal people require to be allowed in. The
access point is education."
urged the "rich bastards" (Mr Packer et
al) in attendance at the breaky to contribute wholeheartedly
and dig deep re Mr Forrests fight to end indigenous
disparity. It's a shame 'Our Richard' (Branson), Steve
Wynn (still winning big), and billionaire 'Google
Guys' weren't in attendance.
shots at a guest representative of Mr Frank Lowys
Westfield empire and GenerationOne benefactor and
key supporter, casino king James Packer, Geldof said
"You can build a small shop and then you can
build very, very big shop. You can build a casino
and then you can build five casinos, youre still
building fu...king casinos."
Geldof was more than happy to take a pot shot at himself,
thereby covering his ass for later heat...
you could be singularly responsible for two of the
worst pop records ever made (We Are the World and
Do They Know Its Christmas?).
can do all that, but its just not enough. Its
all sort of empty. It doesnt mean very much.
Of course, what it is is being able to take what youre
doing, which is less than some and more than others,
and extend it out. Well thats what Twiggy (Andrew
Forrest) is doing."
minutes of Geldoff speak, poetic tongue, relating
to all, Dreamtime included, it was appropriate that
Geldof (Mr Rat) signed off with a quote from German
writer Johann von Goethe "Whatever you can do
or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it.".
Man and Gambling911 wish the loyal readership magic
of Enchanted Unicorn proportions and genius, be it
poker, casino classics, sports betting, or friends
and relationships. Geldof is not interested to have
a 'Boomtown Rats' themed slot machine, despite fellow
rocker, Aussie Angry Anderson doing well with his
'Rose Tattoo' casino club themes. Packer has not publicity
commented on a Kerry Packer or 'Underbelly' casino
slot game to date, which means its still a possibility.
Rock on my brothers, white, black or other! We are
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Man does not represent Andrew Forrest