Kerry Packer

Australian Publishing + Media and Gaming Tycoon
Born Dec 17, 1937

Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer, AC was an Australian media tycoon. The son of Sir Frank Packer and Gretel Bullmore, the Packer family company owned controlling interest in both the Nine television network and leading Australian publishing company Australian Consolidated Press, which were later merged to form Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL).… Read More

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1937 Birth Kerry Packer was born Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer on 17 December 1937. … Read More


1972 34 Years Old His father had fallen out with his elder son, Clyde, in 1972. … Read More
On his father's death in 1974, the family estate, valued at $100 million, which included Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network, passed directly to Packer.


1984 46 Years Old His most severe legal challenge came in 1984 with the Costigan Commission alleging (using the codename of "the squirrel", renamed "the Goanna" in media reports) that he was involved in tax evasion and organised crime, including drug trafficking. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987 Packer made a fortune at the expense of disgraced tycoon Alan Bond.


1990 52 Years Old Packer reportedly suffered as many as four heart attacks. In 1990, while playing polo at Warwick Farm, Sydney, he suffered from a heart attack that left him clinically dead for six minutes. … Read More
1991 53 Years Old Packer faced a 1991 Australian government inquiry into the print media industry with some reluctance, but great humour. … Read More
1995 57 Years Old …  After his death, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that from about 1995, Packer transferred control of multimillion-dollar Sydney real estate holdings to Trethowan. … Read More


2000 62 Years Old He also suffered from a chronic kidney condition for many years, and in 2000 he made headlines when his long-serving helicopter pilot, Nick Ross, donated one of his own kidneys to Packer for transplantation. … Read More
2005 67 Years Old 1 More Event
His private funeral service was held on 30 December 2005 at the family's country retreat, Ellerston, near Scone in the Hunter Region. … Read More
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