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Kerry Packer

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Packer at Parliament House in 1991
Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer

(1937-12-17)17 December 1937
Died 26 December 2005(2005-12-26) (aged 68)
Resting place Ellerston, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
  • Geelong Grammar School
  • Cranbrook School
  • Canberra Grammar School
Known for
Net worth A$6.5 billion (2004)
Board member of
  • Nine Network
  • Publishing and Broadcasting Limited
  • Australian Consolidated Press
Roslyn Weedon AC
(m. 1963; wid. 2005)
Children 2, Gretel and James Packer
  • Sir Frank Packer KBE, OStJ (father)
  • Gretel Bullmore (mother)
  • Clyde Packer (brother)
  • Robert Clyde Packer (grandfather)
  • Herbert Bullmore (grandfather)

Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer AC (17 December 1937 – 26 December 2005) was an Australian media tycoon, and was considered one of Australia's most powerful media proprietors of the twentieth century. The Packer family company owned a controlling interest in both the Nine television network and leading Australian publishing company Australian Consolidated Press, which were later merged to form Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL). Outside Australia, Packer was best known for founding World Series Cricket. At the time of his death, Packer was the richest and one of the most influential men in Australia. In 2004, Business Review Weekly magazine estimated Packer's net worth at A$6.5 billion.

Early life

Kerry Packer was born Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer on 17 December 1937 in Sydney. His father was Sir Frank Packer, an Australian media proprietor who controlled Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network. His mother, Gretel Bullmore, was the daughter of Herbert Bullmore, the Scottish rugby union player. He had an older brother, Clyde Packer. He took part in various sports at school, including boxing, cricket, and rugby; though he struggled academically, possibly due to undiagnosed dyslexia. On his father's death in 1974, the family estate, valued at $100 million, passed directly to Packer. His father had fallen out with his elder son, Clyde, in 1972.

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