QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2025 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
That makes Frank Sartor the richest Aussie doesn't it? He owns Westfield shopping centres. Very sad, this came as a shock to me. Will any articles be released today or will we have to wait until tomorrow? Maybe Nine will have a special tribute to him this week.
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
Interesting character Kerry Packer....
an absolutely ferocious and fearless gambler. In the past he was reputed to have regularly lost half a million pounds in poker games and not batted an eyelid. Current values would put that into millions.
He hadn't exactly had it easy in recent years with his health. Here's to the guy anyway.
9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
Forbes magazine valued him at US$5bn (4.2bn euros) this year.
The exact cause of his death is not yet clear but he had suffered health problems including a battle with cancer, and had had a kidney transplant.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8320 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1042 times:
One thing, which alot of people probaly don't know about Kerry Packer is what he did for the game of Cricket. Back in the 70's Packer introduced world series cricket, which was a limited overs format played using coloured uniforms and introduced day night cricket. At first it caused a bit of a stir, but as we have seen the format has been embraced and tweaked into the great series we have around the world now.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8298 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 987 times:
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 9): Don't forget the heart attack that killed him for a couple of minutes. Isn't amazing, an ambulance with a defribulator just happened to be passing by.
I just read an interesting aside to this story, at that time it was quite rare for ambulances in Australia to carry a defibrillator. An ambulance in the area, which was one of the few in the fleet to carry a defibrillator, responded to the call and managed to resuscitate Mr Packer.
After recovering, Mr Packer donated a large sum to the New South Wales Ambulance Service in order to fit all NSW ambulances with a portable defibrillator. The defib then got the nickname "Packer Whacker".
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...