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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
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'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.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 .
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      Extent: 472p., [24]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., ports
      Reprinted: 2010 Paperback edition
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: October 2009.
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 9781742374857 (pbk.), 9781741759747 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

James Loved His Father : Friends Hit Back at 'Vicious' Book Caroline Overington , Amanda Meade , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 October 2009; (p. 1, 2)
All About My Father Max Suich , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 November 2009; (p. 23)

— Review of Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Paul Barry , 2009 single work biography
Flawed Portrait of a Celebrated Son Bridget Griffen-Foley , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 November 2009; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Paul Barry , 2009 single work biography
A Bit Rich Gideon Haigh , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , November vol. 4 no. 10 2009; (p. 11)

— Review of Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Paul Barry , 2009 single work biography ; Richard Pratt : Business Secrets of the Billionaire behind Australia's Richest Private Company James Kirby , 2004 single work biography
Like Father, Like Son David Knight , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , November no. 357 2009; (p. 8)
A Bit Rich Gideon Haigh , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , November vol. 4 no. 10 2009; (p. 11)

— Review of Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Paul Barry , 2009 single work biography ; Richard Pratt : Business Secrets of the Billionaire behind Australia's Richest Private Company James Kirby , 2004 single work biography
Flawed Portrait of a Celebrated Son Bridget Griffen-Foley , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 November 2009; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Paul Barry , 2009 single work biography
All About My Father Max Suich , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 November 2009; (p. 23)

— Review of Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Paul Barry , 2009 single work biography
ABC Rejects Packer Author's 'Free Packer' Simon Canning , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 October 2009; (p. 32, 29)
Like Father, Like Son David Knight , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , November no. 357 2009; (p. 8)
James Loved His Father : Friends Hit Back at 'Vicious' Book Caroline Overington , Amanda Meade , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 October 2009; (p. 1, 2)
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