Mrs Georgina Rinehart is the Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group, an exploration and now mining company group she became chair of in 1992. She turned the company, then in considerable difficulties, into a mining enterprise with major projects in West Australia and Queensland along with a pipeline of other projects.
Mrs Rinehart has been involved in establishing three major mines and in 2014 her Roy Hill Project secured the largest debt funding package for a land-based mining project. On December 10 2015, the first shipment of iron ore from the Roy Hill mine left Port Hedland. After ramp up, this will become the largest iron ore mine in Australia, quite a story from 1992 when professionals were advising Mrs Rinehart not to take up the discarded Roy Hill tenements, as they were of little or less value.
Mrs Rinehart has been widely recognised particularly overseas, for her achievements including: the first company to achieve the prestigious Diggers and Dealers award twice, an honorary doctorate from Bond University, one of only a few awarded, a 2014 Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee, and, after various prestigious international lifetime achievement awards, in 2015 the International Mining and Resources Conference Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to her in Australia, and then her most recent award, Miner of the Decade, awarded by the Sydney Mining Club.