'Take the $300m and walk away'
Ginia Rinehart with fiance Ryan Johnston.
"Why the hell don't you just take the 300 million dollars mum has repeatedly offered you and walk away,'' Gina Rinehart's youngest daughter, Ginia, told her estranged sister, Hope, in a fiery email exchange.
The email, written two months after legal action was taken in 2011 by three of Ms Rinehart's four children to remove her as trustee of the multibillion-dollar family trust, sheds new light on the breakdown in the family relationship and suggests a secret deal had been offered to Hope to "walk away''.
"You clearly do not want to be a part of our family, nor have you ever wanted to be part of the company, so take the money and walk away from everything! That way you can not have to deal with mum as trustee!'' Ginia wrote in an email to Hope on November 22, 2011.
A family torn apart: Gina Rinehart (centre) and children John Hancock and Ginia.
In sharp contrast, Gina's son, John Hancock, had attempted to make his own secret deal with his mother - days before legal action was taken - in which he would receive a multimillion-dollar salary and a $15 million ''sorry payment'' for his mother's treatment of him over the years. Ms Rinehart rejected his proposal.
Seventeen months later, Hope has withdrawn from the legal action, leaving two children fighting the battle, but details of the settlement remain confidential.
But it is understood that Hope's relationship with Ginia still needs a lot of work after a bitter falling-out that has torn the family apart.
Emails written in late 2011 reveal the financial and emotional pressure Hope came under when she spearheaded the legal action with her half-brother, John, and half-sister, Bianca.
Living in New York with her two children and husband, Ryan Welker - who lost his position on the Mineral Resources board a month after the legal action - Hope told Ginia that she was "desperate" because "Mem stopped my Trust payments".
Hope said that if she could not find the money to pay her daughter's preschool fees, she might have to "sell myself to the f---king media".
"I'm in a corner [with] a gun at my head, I can't afford rent, I can't afford the kids education, I don't know what else to do or who else to ask. Please help." For a family that has a reputation for shunning the media glare, Hope's threat to sell her story to the media was seen as outrageous.
"How disgusting do you have to be to threaten me with cheap talk about selling stories to the media! I actually didn't think it was possible for you to stoop any lower, but voila you proved me wrong again," Ginia told Hope in an email on November 22, 2011.
"Not that you deserve a penny as you have never worked a day in your life but if you cannot live with 300 million dollars for doing absolutely nothing, then you really are disgusting."
Days later, on November 26, Ginia's fiance, Ryan Johnston, the son of one of the Beach Boys, kept the pressure on Hope.
He said in a text message: "… I feel as your friend I need to tell you something … you're facing a massive uphill battle and there is one thing they have a lot of and you don't, money. They can drag this out for years (and from the sound of it will) and all that's going to do is drive you in debt and prolong you getting what you want, freedom and financial security.
''I'm not sure what you've been offered exactly as I'm not privy to all that but my suggestion is to get as much as you're being offered, go buy two massive houses, a jet and five cars and send your kids to the school you want. Much better than trying to make a deal when you are out of money and at your weakest time to negotiate … Call me whenever you want."