Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has returned to Western Australia after his four-month mystery world tour.
Since August Dr Forrest has been crisscrossing the globe on the Fortescue Metals Group private jet, meeting with heads of state on the search for renewable energy and minerals deals as well as furthering his philanthropic work with the Minderoo Foundation.
Dr Forrest arrived back in Australia before Christmas where he completed two weeks quarantine before eagle-eyed Sydney aviation photographer Grahame Hutchison spotted him heading back to WA on January 3 giving a non-contact elbow bump to ground crew on the way.
Currently, West Australians returning to the state from NSW must isolate for 14 days but a Fortescue spokesman said Dr Forrest received an exemption from the WA government.
“Fortescue Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO undertook a formal supervised 14-day quarantine period in New South Wales. The quarantine period was completed on 3 January 2021 and certified by the NSW Government,” he said.
“Due to having zero contact with any persons, including the supervising police, Dr Forrest received an exemption from the Western Australian state government to return to WA without an additional quarantine period.”
The Fortescue founder and Australia’s richest man based himself out of Croatia to avoid Australia’s strict border controls and quarantine requirements as he visited Europe and the USA as well as troubled nations including Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, the Congo, Kenya and Ethiopia.
At the AGM in November, it was revealed Dr Forrest intended to visit 47 countries in a hunt for renewable energy projects for FMG’s renewable energy arm Fortescue Future Industries.
Dr Forrest started his trip in Papua New Guinea and then Indonesia where he signed non-binding agreements with both countries for multi-billion dollar renewables projects.
They then travelled to Afghanistan where Dr Forrest met Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, who had been targetted in a terrorist bombing in Kabul the day before.
The rest of Dr Forrest’s itinerary has been kept largely secret but in mid-December, Fortescue announced it had signed an MOU with Japanese industrial giants Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Iwatani Corporation to scratch out a business model to supply liquid hydrogen into Japan.
Dr Forrest’s arrival back in WA coincided with his net worth skyrocketing to more than $28 billion on the back of his 36 per cent shareholding benefitting from Fortescue’s record share price.
FMG shares have soared 134 per cent over the past year to reach more than $25 this week, giving it a market cap of more than making it Australia’s fourth-biggest listed company.
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