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Gina Rinehart snaps up another iconic Aussie brand

<p>Not long after being crowned<em> The Australian Financial Review’s (AFR)</em> Business Person of the Year, Gina Rinehart has made another big move in the fashion industry. </p> <p>The mining magnate has purchased heritage shoe brand Rossi Boots, which has been operating since 1910, as part of her  “commitment to preserving iconic national brands”. </p> <p>“(This) ensures that Rossi’s manufacturing excellence remains in Australian hands and will see it expand into new markets,” Rinehart’s company S. Kidman and Co said. </p> <p>Rossi Boots was founded by Arthur Rossiter, and sell high-quality leather boots for both men and women.</p> <p>They even supplied hundreds of boots to Australian soldiers during World War I and World War II, which Rinehart said is a “recognition of our national history”.</p> <p>“Rossi Boots is more than just a brand, it represents a cherished part of rural Australia’s way of life,” she said.</p> <p>“We are committed to nurturing its legacy by maintaining operations in Australia and are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Rossi Boots under the umbrella of S. Kidman and Co.”</p> <p>The acquisition of Rossi's boots follows Rinehart's recent purchase of another heritage fashion brand, Driza-Bone, known for their oil-skin jackets, which has been a staple in Aussie wardrobes for 125 years.  </p> <p>“We want to keep and preserve its magnificent past but we also want to rejuvenate it,” she said. </p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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Alan Jones’ latest luxe acquisition revealed

<p dir="ltr">Former radio presenter Alan Jones has been revealed as the owner of a sprawling riverfront property on the Gold Coast, having spent a hefty $12.25 million for the pleasure.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gold Coast Bulletin</a></em>, the 81-year-old’s name is on the title of the five-bedroom Southport home, along with his niece Tonia Taylor and her husband Justin Taylor.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 1099-square-metre mansion boasts high-end finishes and fixtures throughout, including French oak floors, travertine tiling, textured wallpapers, and sky-high recessed ceilings.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the listing</a>, each of the bedrooms are accompanied by generous ensuites, including two master suites, with other luxe features including a wine cellar and tasting room, adjoined by a cosy rumpus room and wet bar.</p> <p dir="ltr">With an east-facing waterfront position and panoramic views of the water and city skyline, the property also boasts a 33.7-metre frontage on Main River, including a supersize pontoon that can moor an 80-foot cruiser, a dual jet ski dock, power and water, as well as a heated lap pool alongside the river.</p> <p dir="ltr">The confirmation of the purchase comes amid reports that Jones intends to sell his country retreat in the Southern Highlands, as reported by <em><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Mail</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jones’ home to the south of Sydney, which he calls “Charlieville”, was where he spent most of the pandemic.</p> <p dir="ltr">The multimillionaire even installed a custom-built radio studio so that he could continue making his broadcasts following his departure from Sky News in 2021.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-381fce49-7fff-2d4a-ddf0-482a85bff4a0"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty Images / Kollosche Real Estate</em></p>

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