Clyde Packer
Australian politician
Clyde Packer
Robert Clyde Packer, usually known as "Clyde", was the son of Australian newspaper magnate Frank Packer and the elder brother of media baron Kerry Packer. Clyde Packer was originally intended to be his father's heir before a falling-out resulted in Kerry inheriting the family business.
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  • 2001
    Age 65
    Died in 2001.
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  • 1976
    Age 40
    After his resignation, Packer became briefly involved in the counter-culture (famously donning a kaftan), before moving to California in 1976, where he died in 2001, aged 65.
    More Details Hide Details He rarely returned to Australia. In America, Clyde pursued interests in film, surf culture, and magazine publishing. Clyde was married twice, to Angela Money and Kate Clifford. Like his brother Kerry, he suffered from heart and kidney problems, and had a kidney donated from a close associate (in his case, his architect).
    In 1976 he sold his quarter share of the family business for A$4 million to his younger brother Kerry, who went on to become Australia's richest man.
    More Details Hide Details Clyde Packer was also a Liberal member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1964 to 1976.
  • 1972
    Age 36
    Clyde was the elder son of media baron Sir Frank Packer. In 1972 his first marriage broke up and he had a public falling-out with his father.
    More Details Hide Details He resigned his posts as managing director of the Nine Network and general manager of Australian Consolidated Press after his father refused to air an interview with then union leader Bob Hawke.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    Among his many business activities, Packer founded the independent Spin Records label, which released many successful singles and albums from 1967 to 1972, including the original Australian cast recording of the rock musical Hair.
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  • 1935
    Born in 1935.
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