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Business Commentator & Senior Journalist

The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The AFR - Fairfax Media

I am a business columnist and senior writer at Fairfax Media. My role includes writing a weekly column for the Australian Financial Review and regular columns and investigative features for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. I have won multiple awards, including the Gold Walkley, and in 2012 I wrote a best selling unauthorised biography on Gina Rinehart, the richest person in the country and one of the richest women in the world. The book was published by Pan Macmillan.

In 2014 I went on secondment to the Australian Broadcasting Commission's weekly current affairs program Four Corners as a journalist and compiled the program Banking Bad (

2007Sep 2009

Business columnist

The Australian

At The Australian I was a business columnist and feature writer, writing some leading investigations into the corporate sector.


Senior Journalist

BRW Media

At BRW, a weekly business magazine, I held various roles including feature writing, a weekly column and deputy editor. 



Gina Rinehart - The untold story of the richest woman in the world  Pan Macmillan Australia July 1, 2012

Gina Rinehart is not just the richest person in Australian history, she is fast becoming one of the richest people in the world. The daughter of Lang Hancock – legendary arch-conservative, secessionist, mining millionaire and discoverer of the world's largest iron deposit in the Pilbara – Gina has grown up in a family known as much for its front-page legal stoushes as for its business acumen and toughness.

With her reported wealth more than doubling in the last twelve months, Rinehart is beginning to flex the enormous power her money gives, buying large shareholdings in television's Ten Network and newspaper group Fairfax Media. They are moves that will give Rinehart and her controversial views a major place in Australian life and public affairs.

Based on painstaking research and a wealth of interviews with Rinehart's colleagues, friends, family and former employees, award-winning journalist Adele Ferguson has written the definitive biography, shining a light into the private world of Gina Rinehart, her family, her feuds and the iron determination that has driven her relentless rise.