Topics:  clive palmer, coolum resort, media

Rough ride to catch up with our FIFO billionaire

Clive Palmer in his helicopter after a Business Leaders Breakfast at the Palmer Coolum Resort.
Clive Palmer in his helicopter after a Business Leaders Breakfast at the Palmer Coolum Resort. john mccutcheon

CLIVE Palmer's jet-setting lifestyle, which sees him dashing between appointments in a gold helicopter with white leather seats, makes it almost impossible for local journalists to grab a face-to-face interview.

It was no different with a breakfast held in his honour at Palmer Coolum Resort yesterday.

The billionaire businessman's chopper touched down on a manicured patch of grass near the clubhouse, with just enough time for him to eat his scrambled eggs, sausages, hash brown and tomatoes, and deliver his keynote address, before rushing to take off to his next appointment in Brisbane.

The Daily requested a quick interview, and was invited to hitch a ride on his golf buggy, conducting an interview en route to his waiting chopper.

With so much media attention on the fly-in fly-out mine workers, the Sunshine Coast can certainly boast its very own FIFO billionaire.

The interview included general exchanges about the expectations of Queenslanders, his Titanic II ship project and the opportunities presented by the growing Chinese middle class.

Mr Palmer gave a wave as he disappeared into the skies ... just as quickly as he arrived.



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