Australia’s richest person has reportedly been put in the festive spirit after randomly awarding 10 Roy Hill workers a $100,000 Christmas bonus.
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart reportedly told staff last week to “wait for an important announcement,” a source told Perth’s 6PR on Monday.
A caller told the network’s rumor file that the billionaire “has announced the fact that she’s going to be calling 10 names out of a hat.”
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“These names would each receive a $100,000 Christmas bonus,” the caller said.
An anonymous Roy Hill employee jumped in Tuesday to double down on the cash splash conversation and said it was legitimate.
They added that one of the winners had only been with the firm, which is controlled by Rinehart’s private company Hancock Prospecting, for three months, which angered some longtime employees.
Roy Hill has been reached out for comment but has remained mum so far.
The Pilbara operation is an important source of revenue for Rinehart, delivering net income of $3.2 billion for the year ended June 30th.
The after-tax figure was 28 percent weaker compared to 12 months earlier, with the decline attributed to falling iron ore prices.
Rinehart, who was born in Perth, is Australia’s richest person with a net worth of $32.6 billion.
She has attracted attention in recent weeks after being spotted at Donald Trump’s presidential announcement in November.
That came after she made headlines in the 1980s over a $15 million sponsorship spat with netballers for comments by her father, Lang Hancock, who suggested Aboriginal people should be “sterilised”.
https://7news.com.au/business/mining/gina-rinehart-randomly-gives-100000-christmas-bonus-to-10-roy-hill-workers-c-9160492 Gina Rinehart Gives 10 Roy Hill Workers ‘A Random $100,000 Christmas Bonus’