Clive Palmer’s Life In 33 Bites

10 Sep

From the Courier-Mail, Sept 9 2013:

He’s ridiculously rich, more than mildly mischievous and now he looks set to spend the next three years in parliament.

But while billionaire Clive Palmer attracted more than five per cent of the vote in Saturday’s election, some people still have no idea who the man really is.

That’s all about to change. So here’s the lowdown on Queensland’s richest man. Clive Palmer’s life in 33 bites.

1. Baby Clive is born

Clive Frederick Palmer is born in Victoria at Footscray Hospital on March 26, 1954. His family lives at working-class Williamstown, a heavily industrialised Melbourne bayside suburb.

2. Clive has asthma

His parents George and Nancy move the family to the Gold Coast in 1963 due to his asthma. Palmer has an older sister who died.

3. Clive goes to little school

He attends St Mary’s Primary School in Williamstown.

4. Clive goes to big school

After moving to the Gold Coast he goes to Aquinas College and Southport State High School. He also attends Toowoomba Grammar School.

5. Clive does uni … sort of

Palmer studies law at the University of Queensland, but drops out before completing his degree.


Source: Supplied

6. Clive falls in love

Palmer meets his first wife Susan at university.

7. Clive gets rich

After dropping out of university, Palmer acquires his real estate license and makes a fortune in property development. He retires from real estate after making $40 million and turns his hand to the resources sector.

8. Clive dabbles in politics

Palmer joins the Queensland division of the National Party of Australia in 1974. He serves as the National Party’s campaign director during the 1983 state election and as media spokesman during its 1986 election campaign, both of which are successful.

9. Clive gets fat

The big man with big ideas piles on weight in the late 80s, but has since shed about 30kg.

10. Clive gets richer

In the mid-80s he sets up a number of businesses including his current principal private company Mineralogy. Today, the self-made mining magnate won’t say exactly how much he’s worth, but he says it’s more than BRW’s recent estimation of $2.2 billion.

Source: Supplied

Source: Supplied

11. Clive makes babies

Susan and Clive have two children together – Emily, now 19, and Michael, now 24. Michael is today involved in the business as a director of Queensland Nickel.

12. Clive loses wife to cancer

Susan and Clive are married for 22 years before she loses her battle with cancer in 2006.

13. Clive remarries

In 2007 Palmer marries Bulgarian-born Anna (formerly Topalov), who is 20 years his junior. Anna had been married to Palmer’s friend Andrew Topalov until he died from cancer in 2006.

[More here – “Shared tragedy led to romance for Clive Palmer”]

Source: The Australian

Source: The Australian

14. Clive makes more babies

Mary is born in 2008. Anna, who is qualified in chartered accountancy and law, puts her career on hold to raise their daughter. Anna is now about three months pregnant with their second child.

15. Clive buys more businesses

Palmer’s other mining interests include Waratah Coal and Yabulu nickel refinery near Townsville. He also has a gas and oil concession off Papua New Guinea. Oh, and a thoroughbred stud.

16. Clive buys soccer team

He owns soccer team Gold Coast United FC from 2008 until its demise in 2012. In 2009 he caps crowds at 5,000 to save costs. No one can understand this at the time. They still can’t.

 Clive Palmer arrives at Skilled Stadium for the launch of Gold Coast United Football Club in 2008. Picture: Riley Paul Source: News Limited

Clive Palmer arrives at Skilled Stadium for the launch of Gold Coast United Football Club in 2008. Picture: Riley Paul Source: News Limited

17. Clive never sleeps

Palmer, who keeps up a relentless pace, suffers from sleep apnoea and sleeps with a breathing mask on. He is usually up at about 5am but on Christmas Day he told that he’d been “on the phone since 3am to world leaders planning initiative in Africa to alleviate poverty”.

18. Clive buys cheap pants

While the fabulously rich father-to-be owns homes here and abroad, private jets, boats, a Ferrari, two Bentleys and currently drives a Rolls-Royce Phantom, he still wears $23 trousers from Lowes.

19. Clive becomes world’s best boss

In 2010 Palmer handed out $10 million in gifts to his 800-strong Townsville nickel refinery staff, including a fleet of 55 Mercedes-Benz cars and 700 overseas holidays.

 Businessman Clive Palmer. Picture: Brett Costello Source: The Australian

Businessman Clive Palmer. Picture: Brett Costello Source: The Australian

20. Clive turns tourism tycoon

His stable of resorts include Palmer Coolum Resort on the Sunshine Coast, Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course at Port Douglas, Palmer Colonial Golf Course at Robina, Palmer Gold Coast Golf Course at Robina and the former Club Med in Tahiti.

21. Clive builds Titanic II

As you do. Palmer is planning to build a modern-day replica of the ill-fated cruise liner RMS Titanic. His Titanic II will set sail on her maiden passenger voyage from Southampton to New York in 2016. He calls it the ‘ship of love‘.

22. Clive digs dinosaurs

Clive plans to build the world’s biggest dinosaur exhibit, creating a simulated Jurassic Park, at his Palmer Coolum Resort at the Sunshine Coast. Palmer installs Jeff the Dinosaur – an 8.5m tall, 20m long, Tyrannosaurus Rex with his own Twitter account @JefftheTRex.

 COURSE HAZARD: Clive Palmer's dinosaur on the golf course at Coolum. Source: The Courier-Mail

COURSE HAZARD: Clive Palmer’s dinosaur on the golf course at Coolum. Source: The Courier-Mail

23. Clive goes all Bill Gates

According to his website, he is also the founder and director of the Palmer Care Foundation, a charitable foundation established in Australia which has pledged $100 million for the advancement of medical research and the support of indigenous communities in Western Australia. He also sponsors a number of sporting teams.

24. Clive earns new titles

In June 2002, Palmer is appointed Adjunct Professor of Business at Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law, a role he holds until 2006. In 2008 Palmer is appointed Adjunct Professor of Management at Bond University on the Gold Coast. Professor Palmer is born.

25. Clive feels cherished

Palmer is made an Australian national living treasure by the National Trust in 2012.

26. Clive quits party

In 2012 Palmer resigns his life membership of the Liberal National Party after falling out with party hierarchy.

27. Clive plays Santa

On Christmas Day last year, Palmer hosts a buffet lunch for 650 disadvantaged people, predominantly for children and their families, at his Palmer Coolum Resort.

 Clive Palmer's Coolum Resort. Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

Clive Palmer’s Coolum Resort. Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

28. Clive ups the ante

Palmer, 59, stands for the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax after forming the Palmer United Party (PUP). A Galaxy poll last year found 38 per cent of voters supported Clive Palmer’s intention to begin a new political outfit.

29. Clive campaigns

Palmer, who often quotes JFK during press conferences, says he is now “100 per cent, full-time campaigning to be prime minister”. Palmer plans to contest all 150 House of Representatives seats and appoint a Senate team in each state and territory.

30. Clive makes promises

• Repeal carbon tax and refund those who have paid it

• Ban lobbyists from having roles with political parties

• Process refugees at airports to stop need for naval blockade of Australia

• Develop mineral processing industries in SA, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

• Establish a system where people create wealth in various parts of the country and for that wealth to flow back to the rest of the community

• Colour-coding Australian-made consumables

• Spending $80 billion on the health sector

• Oh, and a return to the era of boozy corporate lunches

31. Clive picks candidates

Palmer makes daily candidate announcements. He endorses about 100 candidates in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

32. Clive twerks

Palmer appears on the Kyle And Jackie O Show on 2dayFM, where he twerks like there’s no tomorrow.

 Clive Palmer twerked on the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning. Source: Supplied

Clive Palmer twerked on the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning. Source: Supplied

33. Clive gets votes

The Palmer United Party receives more than five per cent of the national vote in the federal election, and almost double that in Queensland. Palmer himself looks set to earn a seat in the lower house.

15 Responses to “Clive Palmer’s Life In 33 Bites”

  1. mick September 10, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    “I like the man”. This is the type of politician we need. Sadly we get the career pollies who are beholding to vested interests who get them into office. Corruption by any other name.

    I wish I had voted for Palmer but will do so next election unless I see that he has entered politics for his own bank account. From what I have heard this does not appear to be where the man is heading.

    • bushbunny September 10, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      He reckons he won’t win, bit hard to believe he is over 1,000 votes in front. Just hope his health will bear up, his size etc., seems to indicate he is a classic heart attack victim. But he will make parliament a lively place so long as he shuts up long enough to concentrate.

      • The Blissful Ignoramus September 10, 2013 at 11:44 am #

        Over 2,000 in front, according to AEC website –

        • bushbunny September 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

          Oh I checked an hour ago. Well he has the votes and that is a democracy for you. With only 29 % of the primaries, he got lots of prefs didn’t he. So why is he winging the system is corrupt?

          • The Blissful Ignoramus September 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

            I suspect to raise an important point. To get people thinking. That seems to be a major motivation for him … “ideas”. I and many others have long held doubts as to the integrity of our electoral system … perhaps Clive knows things we don’t. He was spot on in raising the matter of CIA influence in Australia, don’t forget.

            • bushbunny September 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

              I didn’t know that re CIA but I wouldn’t be surprised, they are everywhere with the fingers into intrusive meddling.
              When he gets in parliament, he will have to sign the official secrets act. Glad that wikileaks didn’t have a look in.

            • Kevin Moore September 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

              It is not those who vote who count – it is those who count the votes.

        • bushbunny September 11, 2013 at 10:32 am #

          Down again to 1000 votes today, Blissful.

  2. Ross Johnson September 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    What swayed me to vote for Clive was the Media torrent waged against him. Even that creep Ray Hadley was deriding him.

    One of my Carbon tax protestor friends Anita Donlon is one of Clive’s candidates. He’s done brilliantly in such a short period. I like some of the policies of the Citizens Electoral Council but they set them selves up to be painted as a lunatic fringe group.They must stop attacking the Queen a be a lot more clever in the way they market themselves.

    BTW this Thursday 12th Sept there will be an anti-war demo outside Sydney Town Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This attack on Syria could escalate quickly and these war mongers need to be stopped.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus September 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      “What swayed me to vote for Clive was the Media torrent waged against him”

      We think alike Ross. As I mentioned in “Here’s To Clive Palmer”, I didn’t really take any serious interest in him until I noticed the mainstream media going after him. Always a solid indicator to look much more closely (and positively) at the object of their ridicule and smears, methinks.

      • mick September 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

        Yes. Agreed.

        • bushbunny September 11, 2013 at 10:37 am #

          He tends to go over the top though, and suffers from verbal nonsense. But he is a fighter and good luck to him, I hope his health is OK.

          • Kevin Moore September 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

            I hope that he has trustworthy aircraft mechanics!

    • bushbunny September 11, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      I do think the Syria situation will quieten down, Obama isn’t getting support as he thought. I think Russia has tempered this situation waiting for the UN appraisal. Interesting though, who did they get the gas from? I bet it was from either the yanks or the French. Maybe a left over from the Iraq war.

      • Paul September 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

        I think Israel will acknowledge that Syria is on hold and will move on to goading the Americans over Iran again, which is of course the true target anyway. The PNAC plan has never wavered in its course, only in its execution. Israel always gets what it wants. Entitlement can never be satisfied with less.

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