RICH PICKINGS: Macarthur's forgotten man

As the battle over Macarthur Coal rages, the Queensland miner's founder Ken Talbot is quietly digging his way into the billionaires club.

The contrast couldn’t have been starker. While the extraordinary battle for control of Queensland coal company Macarthur Coal has dominated the business pages in the last two weeks, you had to look very hard to find mention of the man who founded the company, Ken Talbot.

But there he was, tucked away in a business brief in the Australian Financial Review after investing $7 million in unlisted company Advent Energy, which is exploring for oil and gas off the NSW coast.

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