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The Price of Fortune

The Price of Fortune 2

The Untold Story of Being James Packer

by Damon Kitney

Hardback Publication Date: 22/10/2018

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The biography of James Packer.

James Packer turns to Greek mythology in an attempt to explain the most exciting yet tumultuous period of his 50 years on earth.

"I was like Icarus," the billionaire tells his biographer, journalist Damon Kitney, of the heady days of 2016 when he broke up with pop star Mariah Carey, abandoned living in Hollywood and Israel, left the global casino stage, and divided the family fortune in a bitter separation from his sister.

"I flew too close to the sun."

With these words, Packer delves for the first time into the story behind his stunning public revelation in mid-March 2018 of his battle with mental health issues, which forced him to resign from the board of the Crown casino company he owns and loves.

Never before has a member of the Packer family co-operated with a writer to tell their story. In his authorised biography, The Price of Fortune, one of the nation's richest and most psychoanalysed men opens up in an attempt to make sense of his rollercoaster life and to tell the human story of being James Douglas Packer. Of how his wealth, charm and intellect took him to such exciting places.

Yet how his trusting the wrong people and his rash actions cost him his friends, his health and, most importantly, his reputation on the global stage - and how he is now working on getting it back.

ISBN:
9781460756690
9781460756690
Category:
Autobiography: general
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
22-10-2018
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
242x160x38mm
Weight:
0.78kg
Damon Kitney

Damon Kitney is a Melbourne-based business editor.

He has spent two decades in financial journalism, including 16 years at The Australian Financial Review in a variety of writing and editing roles in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, including 5 years as a deputy editor of the newspaper.

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  • The price of fortune

    by on

    It is okay but I have struggled to finish it. Find the hard luck tone a bit hard to take. Think his father was not a very nice person. Cruel actually. Think that James could spend a few years working with the underprivileged to develop some life perspective about how privileged he is & what he could do for others.

  • Incredibly well done

    by on

    Damon Kitney has done a great job here in detailing the life and psyche of one of the more powerful figures on the Australian scene. If you heard the interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW then you'll know this is well worth the read.