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Bianca Rinehart keeps mum on Gina in rare interview

Bianca Rinehart poses in Vogue magazine.

Bianca Rinehart poses in Vogue magazine. Photo: Stephen Ward

There is some irony in Vogue Australia describing Bianca Rinehart as the country’s "most private heiress" at the same time the magazine has her spread over eight glossy pages wearing designer gowns.

In what is largely being seen as a pre-emptive public relations strike against her mother, Gina, Rinehart offers a rare public insight into one of the most intriguing family dynasties in Australian history.

The 34-year-old is currently engaged in legal proceedings alongside two of her siblings, John and Hope, as they fight their mother over access to the multi-billion-dollar trust set up by Bianca's late grandfather, Lang Hancock.

Bianca Rinehart reveals some secrets.

Bianca Rinehart reveals some secrets. Photo: Stephen Ward

Interestingly, she does not directly refer to her estranged mother once in the article, featured in the glossy's December issue, out on Friday.

However, the eldest daughter does speak of being shipped off to military school in the United States.

‘‘I was eight, it was so far from home, you know, it was in Culver, Indiana, so no, it wasn’t one of my favourite experiences.’’

And the difficulties of growing up in such a high-profile family have left emotional scars, especially during  Hancock’s headline-making third marriage to Filipina Rose.

‘‘It would have started when Rose came on the scene; we did have to be more security-conscious than most. With tour buses stopping in the front of your house, both in the street and on the water, to point you out, it does make you feel exposed. I was concerned at times - I actually used to sleep with a hammer under my mattress,’’ Rinehart told the magazine.

But she does share happy memories, including times sitting on Hancock’s knee as he handled the controls of his private aircraft, soaring high above the family’s beloved Pilbara, the source of so much of its vast wealth and heartache.

At 29 she went to work for Rio Tinto, helping to build Hope Downs mine, and was set to follow in her mother and grandfather’s footsteps.

‘‘At Hope Downs I was part of the pre-production crew and drove a haul truck around preparing pits, creating waste dumps and areas for stockpiling, and was up there for the historic occasion of first ore through the crusher,’’ she enthusiastically informs the magazine, an accompanying photo showing her standing in the Pilbara next to a giant, dusty haul truck wearing a hard hat, full make up and a Gucci jacket and pants, worth $2500.

In 2010 she had a son, Nicholas, with her partner, Moscow-born Sasha Serebryakov, whom she met while working at Rio Tinto in Darwin.

As for the legal stoush with her mother, Rinehart attempts to avoid the proverbial elephant in the room, telling the magazine: ‘‘I just focus on my son, that’s all I can do. I guess to try to shield him from it. Just focusing on being the best mum that I can be. It’s a very hard situation to be in.’’

80 comments

  • This is all the more reason why they should only get paid for digging up our dirt and not being able to own it let alone inherit it.

    Commenter
    Arthur McKenzie
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    November 01, 2012, 5:48PM
    • ...and before we, who like to call ourselves Australians, came to this land, the land and all its minerals owned and kept custody of the great history that we call Australian Aboriginal people and a diverse fauna and flora community. The wealth derived from the exploitation of the Western Australian "beloved Pilbara" is no more, no less than pirate plunder. Watch us as we head north to the pot of gold at the end of the Kimberley rainbow.

      Commenter
      OpenWindow
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 8:31AM
    • OpenWindow so are you trying to say that the Rineharts should continue to bludge off the country too?

      Commenter
      Skippy The Suburban Kangaroo
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 11:50AM
  • Wow, such riveting insight into something no one cares about. This should not be front and center for smh.com.au, ever.

    Commenter
    Woodenspoon
    Date and time
    November 01, 2012, 5:56PM
    • *centre

      Commenter
      speak english not american
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 9:32AM
    • It is in the fashion section. If fashion doesn't interest you then read the financial section

      Commenter
      Obvious
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 10:05AM
    • "Center" is the original 18th century English.
      "Centre" is the French version.

      Commenter
      Jezz
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 10:07AM
    • *English *American

      Commenter
      matt
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 10:14AM
    • To 'speak english not american', I love it when a person thinks they're being so clever and above others, speaking out about imperialism while pandering to other imperialism. We get a lot of our culture from both USA and UK amongst others. Some people get more of their culture from UK, some more from US. Who are you to say that you are right just because you prefer the UK version? It would be just as easy for me to say 'speak American not UK imperialist Commonwealth English', but that would be silly and simplistic wouldn't it?

      Commenter
      melanie
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 11:31AM
    • well, as noted, the correct spelling is French in origin... The reason you should use it is that everyone else does, it is the perceived to be the correct variation. The reason that some people take offence, ironically given your rant about imperialism, is that it is evidence of an ever widening sphere of American influence. The fact is we speak English, not American English, so we ought to stick to that, or at least come up with own own independent cultural variations.

      Commenter
      James
      Location
      LDN
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 11:48AM

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