Clive Palmer

Townsville Bulletin - - North Queensland's 50 Most Powerful People -

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.

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