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Man of the world: Former Dow Chemical chief executive Andrew Liveris.

Andrew Liveris’ guide to making friends and money

The ex-Dow chief sees no point in refusing to associate with those doing the precise opposite of what he says he values. And how else could a self-styled “environmentalist” sit on the board of Saudi Aramco?

  • Myriam Robin

This Month

Businessman Mark Bouris.

Ghost of Ron Brierley returns to haunt Mark Bouris

The ubiquitous businessman hosted Yellow Brick Road shareholders in Sydney, seeking approval to take the lender private. Then a figure from the past showed up.

  • Mark Di Stefano
A contested elect?! Heaven forbid.

Australian Club’s young fogeys flex their muscle

The prospect of a head-to-head contest for the next president has some reaching for the smelling salts.

  • Myriam Robin
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan.

Hamish McLennan and a rugby party in Paris

The Rugby Australia chief was among executives and sponsors at a “cocktail party” in Paris.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Qatar lobbyist Eamonn Fitzpatrick was in enemy territory last week.

Qatar lobbyist spotted in Qantas Chairman’s Lounge

Eamonn Fitzpatrick went deep behind enemy lines, and didn’t pass unnoticed.

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  • Myriam Robin
Robert Bates plays polo for the Ellerston Pink at the Archibald - Cudmore Trophy in Scone on Saturday.

Francesca Packer’s controversial fiancé makes polo appearance

The former Young Rich Lister – founder of failed wellness start-ups and dodger of furious investors – was spotted skirting around the edges of a particularly posh polo pack.

  • Jessica Sier
Anthony Albanese with Kerry Stokes just days before the federal election in May 2022.

Kerry Stokes gathers the oligarchs to kiss the ring

The media and mining mogul’s Telethon Ball was held in Perth on Saturday, bringing together the country’s richest mining billionaires for a private get-together.

  • Mark Di Stefano and Tom Rabe
Fidelity bought Otto Buttula’s Rhythm Biosciences stock at $1.30 per share in September last year. The stock closed Tuesday trading at 16 cents.

Fidelity left holding the soiled bag

Rhythm Biosciences executive chairman Otto Buttula sold $6.5 million worth of shares last year. Since then, the stock has cratered.

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  • Mark Di Stefano
Former independent senator Rex Patrick.

Senate’s Transparency Warrior flings the invisibility cloak

Former independent senator Rex Patrick has turned the FOI game into a tidy earner, lodging documents for corporates, while shielding identities.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Todd Sampson, pictured in Siberia.

Qantas brand guru Todd Sampson given ISS reprieve

This is why proxy advisers send everyone batty. And if Qantas’ in-house sentiment guru doesn’t deserve to walk the plank, who does?

  • Myriam Robin
James Mawhinney during Mayfair 101’s heyday.

James Mawhinney makes ‘fighting misinformation’ his next big thing

The Mayfair 101 founder is dealing with a lot, but is nothing if not incorrigible.

  • Myriam Robin
The first Australians flew into Sydney from Israel on Tuesday night.

Albo and the Q-word that shall not be named

The Prime Minister seems intent to ignore the free services Qatar Airways and Virgin put on for Australians fleeing Israel.

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  • Mark Di Stefano
There’s a familiar face in Netflix’s The Fall in the House of Usher.

Gina Rinehart’s shock cameo in Netflix horror flick

The Queen of the Pilbara is one of many plutocrats depicted in photos with The Fall of the House of Usher’s ghoulish antagonist.

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  • Myriam Robin
Former special forces soldier Heston Russell has been awarded $390,000 in his defamation case against the ABC.

Judge lashes ABC’s PR strategies

It’s all fun and games to fire off at gadfly commentators. Doing so at judges, even if only by implication, is an altogether dicier proposition.

  • Myriam Robin
Then-BoQ chairman Patrick Allaway with then-CEO George Frazis, before their falling out.

BoQ belatedly reveals exec’s exposure to $42m in loans

Many finance executives take out home loans with their employer, but few disclose $42 million in commercial loan exposures.

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  • Myriam Robin
The exclusive Sydney school has sent parents a “uniform reveal”.

Elite Cranbrook dresses up in RM Williams

The exclusive Sydney school has welcomed girls into the fold, with uniforms courtesy of RM Williams’ former designer.

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  • Mark Di Stefano
French ‘yummy mummy’ Muriel Demarcus.

Ex-Rio chief’s wife lashes ‘botched’ Indigenous heritage laws

Rio Tinto’s position on Indigenous issues is motivated by the need to distance itself from JS Jacques’ reign. Not that his wife got the memo.

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  • Myriam Robin
Bill Wavish’s bid to join the board will be put to a vote at the annual general meeting.

‘Independent’ Wavish and Mathieson jnr share a stiff drink

Hours after declaring his lack of “close personal ties” to the Mathiesons, Wavish and Mathieson jnr arrived together at a Dan Murphy’s whiskey tasting.

  • Myriam Robin
The incident occurred on a Virgin flight to Hobart.

Star dealmaker resigns after botched mid-air bathroom prank

A Corrs rainmaker resigned after a practical joke on another partner went wrong on a flight to Hobart.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Joe Aston’s farewell card.

Joe Aston’s farewell column

After 12 years of writing Rear Window, my reward was the belly laughs I got to share with AFR readers as, again and again, we denuded the most fantastic pretenders in the nation.

  • Joe Aston