The un­lucky bil­lion­aire

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - FRONT -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to James Packer for ex­am­in­ing his life, and con­grat­u­la­tions to The Week­end Aus­tralian Mag­a­zine for this ex­tra­or­di­nary in­sight into a man with an enor­mous legacy (“I was ter­ri­fied”, Oct 21-22). Packer Jr has ob­vi­ously done some soul-search­ing and as a re­sult his face-to-face with Da­mon Kit­ney was laced with hon­esty, hu­mil­ity and a healthy dose of re­al­ity. James has done the hard yards for the past 50 years, great wealth not­with­stand­ing. Let’s hope the com­ing decades are kin­der to the man. Josephine Brouard Wool­loomooloo, NSW

De­spite his unimag­in­able wealth, I was touched by the story of James Packer. His daily sus­te­nance of men­thol cig­a­rettes and Ga­torade, and FaceTim­ing with his kids, are hall­marks of his im­pov­er­ished way of liv­ing. Mr Packer, al­low me to of­fer some ad­vice: get a good psy­chol­o­gist and give money to those in need. Your prob­lems will un­pack and you will be truly rich. Phoebe Zardo Hughes, ACT

The pain and sad­ness in James Packer’s cover photo was telling. The ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle by Da­mon Kit­ney filled in the de­tails: a reclu­sive life, fam­ily fail­ures, busi­ness fail­ures and fi­nan­cial risks sit along­side more money than most can con­tem­plate. Crown’s suc­cess de­pends on clients’ fi­nan­cial losses and suf­fer­ing. Un­for­tu­nately it doesn’t de­liver hap­pi­ness to the owner. Faced with a choice of any busi­ness that makes a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to society, or gambling, James’s face pro­vides the an­swer. Lee Smith Ken­more, Qld

I do not know Mr Packer per­son­ally, but af­ter read­ing your story my im­pres­sion is: to those whom much is given, much is ex­pected. Get on with it. Naomi War­riner Cairns, Qld

So James, I sur­veyed all my girl­friends and we think we speak for the whole of Australia: go back to Erica, re­marry her. Australia wants you to be the res­i­dent daddy to your chil­dren, as well as the hus­band to the fan­tas­tic woman whom your sub­text of re­gret seems to hint you still love. Do what it takes, beg her if you have to, but seal the deal once and for all. Karen Be­nat­tar Kacser North Caulfield, Vic

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