Australia’s richest couple, Andrew and Nicola Forrest, confirm split


The country’s wealthiest couple, Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola have announced their split. They say their separation will have “no impact” on their vast business and philanthropic interests.
Minderoo founders Nicola and Andrew Forrest have announced their split | Image: Jessica Wyld

Billionaires Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola Forrest have confirmed in a statement that they have separated and are living apart after more than three decades of marriage.

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest was ranked by Forbes Australia as the country’s second richest person in 2023 with an estimated wealth of $US21.7 billion. The majority of his wealth comes from his Iron ore powerhouse, Fortescue Metals Group, and he has spent a vast amount of time and money now investing in renewable energy. The couple also run Minderoo and Tattarang and are among the country’s most prolific philanthropists.

“After 31 years of marriage, we have made the decision to live apart,” the statement said.

“Our friendship and commitment to our family remains strong.”

“There is no impact on the operations, control or direction of Fortescue, Minderoo or Tattarang.

Clockwise from left: Andrew Forrest, Gina Rinehart, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Melanie Perkins and Bianca Rinehart. Illustrated by Gildo Medina.

“We will continue our shared mission to create and gift our wealth to tackle community and global challenges,” the former couple said.

The couple share three adult children together.

More on Andrew and Nicola Forrest can be found at Forbes Australia  here.

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