Article by Samantha Hutchinson and Kylar Loussikian courtesy of the Brisbane Times

It’s been just over a week since mining magnate and budding cattle-farmer Gina Rinehart touched down in Melbourne just in time for racing’s annual Spring Carnival fortnight of hedonism.

Rinehart was the guest of honour inside Moonee Valley Race Club’s Committee Room at Saturday’s Cox Plate carnival and is now anticipated guest inside both the Victorian Racing Club’s Committee Room come Cup day as well as the Birdcage.

But the softly-spoken billionaire brought star power – and West Australian solidarity – to the unveiling of Paspaley pearls’ newest collection, Megisti on Wednesday night.

She is a close friend of Paspaley executive chairman, Nick Paspaley.

The evening wasn’t just about the pearls. Eagle-eyed guests at the event inside North Melbourne’s Meat Market noticed that Hancock’s 2GR Wagyu beef was on the menu, in canapes cooked up by Nobu chefs.

Rinehart attended the event with a number of Olympians in tow, including gold medallist Mack Horton.