Kerry Stokes… the Gina factor

The media tycoon is developing lucrative interests in iron ore, but intricate WA connections may complicate matters.

It must have been frustrating initially for Kerry Stokes: He’d spent a lifetime outwitting all and sundry in media when suddenly he was surrounded in Perth by iron ore billionaires. Now as the iron ore boom reaches a climax he’s got a seat at the table but he’s also got a problem.

It was always a puzzle why Rio's 'Mr Iron Ore' – the highly regarded Sam Walsh – had been on the board at the Stokes-controlled West Australian Newspapers (now called Seven West Media).



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