Kerry Stokes: The Boy from Nowhere

Kerry Stokes: The Boy from Nowhere 1

by Andrew Rule

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 23/11/2015

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The inspirational story of the rags to riches life of Kerry Stokes.
Kerry Stokes is a remarkable Australian. Not because he is one of Australia's wealthiest and most powerful people, but because of what he overcame to get there and because he has endured when others didn't. His success and his rise have intrigued the business world for decades but there is so much more to him than multi-million dollar deals or mergers.
Behind the laconic front is a human story as tough and touching as a Dickens tale: Oliver twist with great self-expectations. It is the story of a poor boy who stared down poverty, ignorance and the stigma of his illegitimate birth to achieve great wealth and fulfilment. He's a backstreets battler who has become a power player. It's a compelling and inspiring story that, until now, he has not told. Now he oversees a multi-billion dollar media, machinery and property empire. He is renowned for his art collection and for philanthropy, spending millions of dollars to buy - among other things - Victoria Crosses from soldiers' families to donate to the Australian War Memorial.
But he's a private man. A man apart. He made his name in the West but kept his distance from the buccaneering band of entrepreneurs who forged fabulous fortunes in Perth from the 1960s until the 1987 crash. Bond went to jail, Holmes a Court died; Connell did both. Lesser lights flickered and faded but Stokes grew stronger, becoming a player alongside Murdoch, Packer and Lowy. His story fascinates all the more because he has spent most of his life guarding it. But now he's telling it, to one of Australia's great storytellers.
He is the boy who came from nothing, who had nothing to lose. And now he has everything. It's a great Australian journey.
ISBN:
9780732296001
9780732296001
Category:
Biography: business & industry
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
23-11-2015
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Pages:
528
Dimensions (mm):
236x154x40mm
Weight:
0.76kg
Andrew Rule

Andrew Rule is a reporter who can find the story behind the story and then write it using the techniques of a novelist. He is known for writing on crime and its detection but has also covered big sporting events - such as the London Olympics - and major international disasters such as the Christchurch earthquake and Japan's tsunami.

He has worked for three major daily newspapers and a national magazine and is currently an Associate Editor of the Herald Sun in Melbourne. He grew up with horses, has worked in stables and has had a lifelong weakness for racing. He claims to be the only Australian Journalist of the Year to have ridden a winner of a horse race.

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  • Well its about time!

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    What can I say about this man which you haven't covered in your book. This is one of the great World Media stories to come out of Australia in the New Millenium.
    Not only has Kerry completed one of the hardest early years of his life but he can be proud of his total commitment and respect that being an Australian entails. This is a great read and I'm personally looking forward to further journeys his life may take.