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Paul Barry Paul Barry i(A87475 works by)
Born: Established: 1952 ;
Gender: Male
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Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Paul Barry's Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession (Allen & Unwin) was longlisted for the Walkley Book award in 2014.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1634626 2009 single work biography

'Who Wants to be a Billionaire? is the story of James Packer's desperate battle to win his father's love and respect. It's also a tale of billion-dollar bets gone disastrously wrong. But above all it's the portrait of a troubled relationship between a dominant father and dutiful son.

'In this powerful sequel to his number one bestseller, The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer, Paul Barry shows how James's father kept his grip on the empire even as he lay close to death. And he reveals what drives his heir. As a child James was derided by Kerry as too soft, too close to his mother, or simply "a loser". Since then he has struggled to make his father proud - in the only way the Packers know - by making money.

'Having seen Kerry lose hundreds of millions in the world's casinos, James chose to bet billions of dollars on buying them instead. Then came the global financial crisis and he almost lost the lot. As markets hit rock bottom in early 2009, Australia's richest man was $4 billion poorer and no longer on top of the heap. He was smoking again, putting on weight and shutting himself off from friends.

'Years earlier, far smaller losses in One.Tel had pushed him to the brink of a nervous breakdown and made him seek salvation in Scientology. Can James survive this time? Will he bounce back? Or was his father right? (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner Ashurst Business Literature Prize
2010 winner Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature
y separately published work icon The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer Sydney New York (City) : Bantam Books , 1993 Z1179925 1993 single work biography 'Kerry Packer is Australia's richest and most powerful man, with a media empire worth $3000 million. He is also a very private person, Australia's least understood tycoon. This compelling biography reveals the man behind the dynasty. Above all else, it paints a disturbing portrait of power in Australia and how it can be used.' Source: Libraries Australia. (Sighted 03/02/2009).
1994 shortlisted NBC Banjo Awards NBC Banjo Award for Non-Fiction
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