Don’t leave me: Rinehart wants Rio’s new boss to stay in Oz

Perth-based mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has suggested that the new boss of Rio Tinto, Sam Walsh, should relocate Rio’s London headquarters to Perth.

Rio is in a joint venture with Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, in the Hope Downs iron ore mine, a project for which Walsh has been directly responsible.

More than 80% of Rio’s profits come from its iron ore division, which is based in Perth. However, three-quarters of its shares are listed in London.

Rinehart has made no secret that she hopes for an ally in her campaign to overturn the carbon tax in the newly-elevated Walsh. 

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