James Packer

James Packer

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James Packer will deliver a keynote address at tonight’s celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney - 1st August 2009

Why funding heart research is a sound social investment, by James Packer
(Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald)

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James Packer (Crown Holdings) and Richard Branson (Virgin Enterprises Limited) talk at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Melbourne, Australia -
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James Packer opens the City of Dreams, Macau - 1st June 2009

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James Douglas Packer (born September 8, 1967) is an Australian businessman and Australia's third richest man.

Packer is the son of the late billionaire media mogul Kerry Packer and grandson of Frank Packer. James Packer is the Executive Chairman of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL), which owns some stations of the Australian commercial television network Nine. He also inherited the family private company: Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Ltd, which control investments in PBL and other companies.

Packer was educated at the Tudor House School in Moss Vale and at Cranbrook School. After obtaining the Higher School Certificate ( HSC ) at Cranbrook, Kerry decided it was time to toughen his son up to prepare him for the world of business. He was sent to his father's massive Newcastle Waters cattle station in the Northern Territory, where he worked as a jackeroo. His father dismissed the idea of sending young James to University by saying "Why would he want to go [to University]. To go learn to smoke marijuana?"]

Besides his father, his toughest mentor has been Albert J. Dunlap. Dunlap is known in American business circles for shedding massive numbers of company workforces to improve the finances of corporations. His tenure at Sunbeam is a specific example.

James Packer was a director of Australian Telecommunications company One.Tel, which was declared insolvent during May 2001. The collapse of One.Tel cost PBL AU$327 million. Packer admitted at a PBL Annual General Meeting that he had learned "painful lessons" from the collapse of One.Tel. Later at the liquidator's inquiry over the collapse he denied that he was apologizing for his own personal conduct. Instead he claimed, "I was making an apology for accepting the bona fides of Mr. Rich and a Mr. Tim Heaney, and the executive directors of One.Tel."

Current interests
Since his father's death, James has moved away from the family's traditional media businesses, and focused on creating a worldwide gambling empire. The purchase of the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth Australia adds to PBL's gaming business. James now wishes to add further gaming assets in Macau in partnership with Stanley Ho. He's also teaming up with Damian Aspinall, son of John Aspinall, in creating a group of casino complexes in Great Britain called Aspers. He already has a stake in casinos in London's West End, Swansea and Newcastle. Unfortunately for Packer, his bid for a UK "supercasino" based in Cardiff fell through when only one licence was granted to the northern city of Manchester. PBL also owns 50% of the only gambling company Betfair. Packer also owns Melbourne's Crown Casino, Australia's largest casino.

Packer is part of the Australian consortium looking to purchase Aston Martin from Ford, a venture viewed with much scepticism due to Aston Martin's turbulent loss-making past.

James Packer is reportedly worth over $3 billion.

Personal Life
Packer's past girlfriends have included Tania Bryer and Joan Severance. After breaking off a two year engagement to Kate Fischer, in October 1999, he married swimsuit model Jodhi Meares.

In June 2002 Packer and Meares separated. Despite rumours of reuniting with his ex-wife, Packer became engaged to model Erica Baxter whom he has dated on and off for 4 years.

Update: James Packer married Erica Baxter in July 2008

In 2002, Packer began attending the Church of Scientology, taking courses on the Church's Dundas campus. It was reported in the Australian media that Tom Cruise had urged Packer to join Scientology and begin auditing sessions. Tom Cruise had a very close male bonding, especially after his separation from Kidman. The Sydney Morning Herald said "the bond between the two men strengthened in the wake of the collapse of telephony company One.Tel last year and his separation from wife Jodhi in June". During this time, Packer traveled extensively to the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.

It has been reported by the Australian Daily Telegraph that Packer was an extra in Cruise's film The Last Samurai. (Credit: Wikipedia)


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James Packer officially opened City of Dreams, Macau, in June 2009


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Why funding heart research is a sound social investment, by James Packer
(Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald)

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