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Australia Australia's richest man Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest is back in Australia

12:06  17 june  2021
12:06  17 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Mining Billionaire Andrew ' Twiggy ' Forrest lands back in Australia , on his private plane after a flight from Africa accompanied by his wife Nicola, and some other passengers on his private FMG plane asan armed detail watched on. 'The capital cost of this will be many many tens of billions of dollars and direct and indirect employment will be in the hundreds of thousands,' he told reporters. Mr Forrest is Australia ' s richest man courtesy of a surge in iron ore prices driven by demand in China. His fortune reach almost billion while he was globetrotting.

Australia ’ s richest man contracted COVID-19 while travelling around the world last year and was granted an exemption saving him from having to quarantine in two states on his return. Fortescue Metals chairman Andrew “ Twiggy ” Forrest contracted the virus from a Russian translator in Uzbekistan, forcing him to postpone the rest of his planned Central Asia leg as he pursued new renewable energy projects for the major miner. He flew to Croatia for medical treatment before being evacuated to a Swiss hospital, where he spent three days in a specialised respiratory clinic.

Australia's richest man Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest has landed back in Australia after being granted a travel exemption for a business trip to troubled African nation Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Mr Forrest touched down in New South Wales on Thursday morning and was seen stepping off his $100million private jet wearing a facemask and was accompanied by armed security into a waiting car.

His wife, Nicola, travelled with him on the trip - meeting DRC president Felix Tshisekedi and first lady Denise Nyakéru Tshisekedi - and was also seen stepping off the plane.

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Mining billionaire Andrew ' Twiggy ' Forrest has revealed he contracted Covid-19 when travelling through Asia last year. Forrest , 59, who owns the globally admired company Fortescue Metals Group and is the richest man in Australia , caught the virus from a female Russian interpreter after she After his short stint in the Swiss hospital, Forrest made a full recovery. He flew back to NSW before Christmas and spent 14 days in quarantine, but was allowed to skip a second stint of self-isolation after flying in a private jet back home to Western Australia . At the height of the pandemic, Forrest was

Australia ’ s richest man , mining magnate Andrew Forrest , contracted COVID-19 while travelling in Central Asia but has said he doesn’t regret the travel. The interpreter had tested positive in Tashkent in Uzbekistan, prompting Forrest to postpone the rest of the 41-strong travelling party’s plans for central Asia, instead flying the group back to its Croatian base and medical and testing equipment. Forrest alone tested positive for the disease, and was medevaced out to a Swiss hospital where he spent three days.

It is unclear where the pair were headed for their 14 days quarantine. Mr Forrest was previously granted an exemption to enter WA when he returned from a four month tour of 47 countries in 2020 on which he caught the virus from a Russian interpreter.

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Mr Forrest most recent overseas trip had been in the Congo working out a deal with the African nation to develop the world's largest hydro-electric power plant.

Democratic Republic of Congo's government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the $80billion Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers.

Australia's Fortescue confirmed earlier on Tuesday that it was in talks with Congo to develop a series of dams that could become the world's largest hydroelectric project, but it said no formal binding agreement had been concluded.

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An investment company owned by mining magnate Andrew ' Twiggy ' Forrest and his wife Nicola has bought iconic bootmaker RM Williams, returning it to Australian ownership. (ABC News: Isobel Roe. ) "I think [my father] would be pleased that the company is back in Australian hands," he said. "And I think he would be pragmatic about where it heads, as long as it' s meeting the people' s needs and making good product. "I think fundamentally Twiggy ' s a businessman and he' s taken this on a business proposition.

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Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest met Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Sunday to discuss the project. Forrest said Fortescue would use the energy from Inga to produce hydrogen to export around the world.

'The capital cost of this will be many many tens of billions of dollars and direct and indirect employment will be in the hundreds of thousands,' he told reporters.

Mr Forrest is Australia's richest man courtesy of a surge in iron ore prices driven by demand in China.

His fortune reach almost $28billion while he was globetrotting.

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A spokesperson for Fortescue Metals Group said Mr Forrest would undertake formal quarantine but did not specify a location.

'Fortescue Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO will undertake a formal supervised 14-day quarantine period in New South Wales, in accordance with NSW Health and NSW Police requirements,' a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

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Anyone arriving from overseas in Australia is required to hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense since July 10 2020 - a decision agreed upon by the states at National Cabinet.

Travelers are then required to pay the billed for the expense which can reach upwards of $3,000.

Exemptions are generally only granted for medical or compassionate reasons.

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Mr Forrest was allowed to skip a second stint of self-isolation after returning to Western Australia in early 2021 after being granted permission by Australia Border Force to travel extensively in the height of the pandemic.

Ordinary Australians have been banned from going abroad in all but exceptional circumstances since the border was shut on March 20.

'The Australian Border Force have authorised a business travel exemption for a group led by Fortescue Metals Group's chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO which will allow early stage discussions on important philanthropic and investment opportunities, providing potential for contribution to COVID-19 economic recovery,' a spokesperson told AAP.

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Fortescue Metals Group chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said Mr Forrest and every one of his travelling group returned negative test results prior to returning to Australia from Asia and he completed his quarantine in NSW.

'Fortescue Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO undertook a formal supervised 14-day quarantine period in NSW. The quarantine period was completed on January 3 and certified by the NSW Government,' Ms Gaines said.

'While in quarantine Dr Forrest had zero contact with any persons from NSW, including the supervising police, and received an exemption from the Western Australian State Government to return to WA without an additional quarantine period.'

Mr Forest caught the virus from a female Russian interpreter after she joined his travel crew on a four-month tour in 2020 spanning 47 countries.

The purpose of the tour was to pursue potential renewable energy projects for his company.

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After Mr Forrest showed signs of infection, the tour was postponed, with the Fortescue crew returning to its travel base in Croatia.

No other crew members tested positive for Covid, with Mr Forrest spending three days in a specialist respiratory clinic in Switzerland as a precaution.

'I'm grateful that our apparatus, systems technologies and precautions kept my team safe,' Mr Forrest told the Australian Financial Review.

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'I would rather have not caught Covid, but it hasn't harmed me, I'm still as fit as a fiddle.'

After his short stint in the Swiss hospital, Mr Forrest made a full recovery.

Mr Forrest started his first mining company, Anaconda Nickel in 1994. Almost a decade later, he founded Fortescue Metals Group, which mines and ships iron ore to China.

He is known for his philanthropic work, pledging his billions to charity and establishing the Minderoo Foundation which focuses among other aspects improving education and social equality for Indigenous Australians.

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