Hands out luxury cars and trips to Fiji for his 1100 staff at the Yabulu nickel refinery, Mr Palmer, a billionaire, is Queensland’s richest man. He single-handedly saved the nickel refinery from extinction, ensuring the livelihoods of thousands of North Queenslanders, and has powerful political connections on both sides of politics. The sky’s the limit for Big Clive as he taps into the insatiable thirst from China for our natural resources. When Mr Palmer speaks, people listen. Mr Palmer has learned from people like former premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and US Senator Ted Kennedy. He loves North Queensland and is set to play a crucial role in its prosperity over the next decade. He wins the top spot for the first time, but it won’t be the last.