Australia’s richest man and mining billionaire Andrew Forrest reveals he caught Covid from a Russian interpreter while scouring Asia for renewable energy projects
- Andrew Forrest contracted Covid from a Russian interpreter in central Asia
- She joined the Fortescue Metals Group on a global tour covering 47 countries
- Forrest then spent three days in a specialist respiratory clinic in Switzerland
- Australia’s richest man and mining billionaire eventually made a full recovery
Mining billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has revealed he contracted Covid-19 when travelling through Asia last year.
Forrest, 59, who owns the globally admired company Fortescue Metals Group and is the richest man in Australia, caught the virus from a female Russian interpreter after she joined his travel crew on a four-month tour in 2020 spanning 47 countries.
The purpose of the tour was to pursue potential renewable energy projects for his company.
The unnamed woman, who was introducing Forrest to government leaders as well as acting as an interpreter abroad, tested positive herself in Uzbekistan.
Australia’s richest man and mining billionaire Andrew Forrest (pictured above) contracted Covid in Central Asia last year
Mining magnate Forrest (pictured above) is the chief executive of Fortescue Metals Group
After Forrest showed signs of infection, the tour was postponed, with the Fortescue crew returning to its travel base in Croatia.
No other crew members tested positive for Covid, with Forrest spending three days in a specialist respiratory clinic in Switzerland as a precaution.
‘I’m grateful that our apparatus, systems technologies and precautions kept my team safe,’ Forrest told the Australian Financial Review.
‘I would rather have not caught Covid, but it hasn’t harmed me, I’m still as fit as a fiddle.’
After his short stint in the Swiss hospital, Forrest made a full recovery.
He flew back to NSW before Christmas and spent 14 days in quarantine, but was allowed to skip a second stint of self-isolation after flying in a private jet back home to Western Australia.
At the height of the pandemic, Forrest was granted exemptions to travel extensively, both interstate and abroad.
Forrest started his first mining company, Anaconda Nickel in 1994. Almost a decade later, he founded Fortescue Metals Group, which mines and ships iron ore to China.
His net worth peaked at $12.7billion in June 2008 when Fortescue shares hit an all-time high on the share market.
As a precaution, Forrest spent three days in a specialist respiratory clinic in Switzerland before he was released (stock image)