Australia’s richest woman has revealed that she celebrates Christmas with her son despite their bitter legal battle over her billions.
Gina Rinehart, who is worth $13.81 billion, has penned cook book called Things We Love alongside dozens of farmers who work in her agricultural business.
She has also included a section dedicated entirely to Christmas, which provides a unique insight into her domestic life.
Ms Rinehart, 65, says she enjoys a European-style feast before spending Christmas Day by the pool with plenty of ice cream and booze.
Australia’s richest woman (pictured in a photo from her new book) has revealed that she celebrates Christmas with her son despite being locked in a bitter legal battle with him over her billions
Gina Rinehart, who is worth $13.81 billion, has penned cook book called Things We Love with dozens of farmers (some are pictured with her) who work with her agricultural business
Writing in her new recipe book, proceeds of which will go to drought-stricken farmers, Ms Rinehart says her son John, 43, comes to visit on Christmas Eve.
‘My mother played the piano very beautifully. For decades since her very sad loss, John has played Christmas carols on our piano for us on her birthday,’ she writes.
‘John kindly visits again on Chrissie eve too, to play carols on our piano for us and to join us for our Chrissie Eve turkey and plum pudding!’
Ms Rinehart is currently locked in a legal battle with her two oldest children, John and Bianca, over her mining company’s billions – but this doesn’t get in the way of festivities.
‘Given the heat on Christmas Day, our tradition over many years has been to enjoy our turkey with its trimmings on Christmas Eve,’ she writes.
Gina Rinehart celebrating 90 years of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to which she donates money
‘Every year we place our hot turkey on the same beautiful lidded turkey plate my mother and her family had used for decades before.
‘And what a lovely lead up to Chrissie day, with the turkey aroma floating around the home.’
Ms Rinehart says she likes to prepare her house by hanging up stockings, putting cards on the fireplace and wrapping presents to put under the tree.
The details are revealed in Ms Rinehart’s new cook book titled Things We Love
She takes much of her decorative inspiration from her late mother, Hope.
Recalling Christmases as a child in rural Western Australia, she writes: ‘My mother always placed our tree with Chrissie lights near the window, so we could see as we approached home.
‘I loved walking down our driveway with my mother and father, looking at our Chrissie tree through the window. Sometimes dad and I would have races back to the house.’
She said her and her mother enjoyed polishing silver together and she has passed with tradition on to her children.
Ms Rinehart also describes her ‘tree-lighting’ ceremony that she hosts every year.
‘For the tree lighting ceremony, my daughters and god daughters walk towards the Chrissie tree for the smallest to be lifted up to place the angel on top.
‘With the tree then bursting into light, I especially love Oh Holy Night to accompany. This beautiful carol is one of my favourites,’ she writes.
On Christmas Day itself, Ms Rinehart says she enjoys a ‘quick but delicious brekkie’ mainly of toast and marmalade.
Then friends visit and presents are opened before some members of the family attend church.
Ms Rinehart, 65, says she enjoys a European-style feast before spending Christmas Day by the pool with plenty of ice cream and booze. Pictured: Her turkey recipe from her book
She then hosts a late lunch to finish off the turkey from the night before ‘with lots of trimmings, cranberry sauce and stuffing’.
Everyone wears Christmas cracker hats for the meal which is followed by cold plum pudding with brandy butter and thick cream.
Mrs Rinehart says the afternoon is spent by the pool with ice creams before wine and champagne is served with traditional Christmas cake.
Radio host Alan Jones was at a book launch in Sydney on Monday – and described Mrs Rinehart as ‘the greatest living Australian’.
‘It’s not long since we’ve had another round of Queen’s Birthday Honours and the name of Gina Rinehart never appears and you have to wonder why,’ he said.
‘I’ve known Gina for a long time. She’s a beautiful lady, I think she’s probably the greatest living Australian.
Radio host Alan Jones poses at the launch of Things We Love: A collection of recipes and stories from the Hancock and Kidman pastoral properties on June 17 in Sydney
‘She is authentically a girl from the Outback.’
In October 2014, Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock began legal proceedings against their mother, alleging she wrongfully transferred valuable mining assets from a trust to another trust in which Ms Rinehart had a substantial financial interest.
Ms Rinehart denied the allegations and relied on two deeds signed in 2006 and 2007 which purported to confer broad releases on her two children in exchange for financial benefits granted to them.
In May this year, a court ruled the dispute could be heard in private.
On Christmas Day itself, Ms Rinehart (pictured) says she enjoys a ‘quick but delicious brekkie’ mainly of toast and marmalade