Gina Rinehart (left) and her youngest daughter Ginia who is tipped to marry Sunshine Coast man Simon Robinson.
Gina Rinehart (left) and her youngest daughter Ginia who is tipped to marry Sunshine Coast man Simon Robinson. LINCOLN BAKER

REVEALED: The Coast man marrying into the Rinehart family

LATEST: A FORMER Sunshine Coast man who went from a "scrawny kid" to an elite soldier has been revealed as the mystery man marrying the heir of Australia's richest woman.

Simon Robinson, who was born and bred in Nambour, was reportedly set to marry Gina Rinehart's daughter Ginia at Hamilton Island's exclusive Qualia resort on the weekend.

His new bride is believed to be first in line for a slice of Gina Rinehart's $6 billion fortune, which saw her top Australia's richest person's list since 2010 before falling to fifth place this year.

She still remains the nation's richest woman.

Mr Robinson was a member of the small army hired to protect Ms Rinehart and her mother but has been her constant companion since at least last year.

His identity has remained a mystery, until now.

Grant and Simon Robinson
Grant and Simon Robinson Erle Levey

Mr Robinson's father is former Sunshine Coast Daily photographer Ted Robinson. He declined to comment on the impending nuptials.

Simon Robinson was born and raised in Nambour, attending Nambour High School and a family friend remembered him as a "fairly scrawny kid".

But he took up boxing with some success and joined the army before beginning a career in private security work and ultimately being employed by the Rineharts.

His family, which includes an elder brother and two half-brothers, has been described as "close".

His parents still live on the Coast and one brother owns a plumbing business.

It's understood love blossomed quickly between the pair, although Mr Robinson has been able to keep his identity a closely-guarded secret.

It's a happy development for the young heiress following the breakdown of her engagement to former fiance Ryan Johnston and the death of her good friend and bodyguard Jerry Rouwhorst, who took his own life in an adjoining suite to where she was staying at London's Dorchester Hotel in 2014.

The mining heiress was engaged to American Ryan Johnston, son of Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston, in 2013.

Former Vietnam Veteran Ted Robinson.
Former Vietnam Veteran Ted Robinson. John McCutcheon

 

The pair met at an $120,000-a-year private boarding school in Switzerland and were planning a lavish wedding in Italy before the engagement was quietly called off in October 2013.

Ginia is the youngest of Gina's four children and the only one to stand beside her mother during a lengthy and bitter dispute over the family fortune.

Ginia took up arms against her brother John Hancock and sisters Bianca and Hope, although Hope eventually settled for a rumoured $300 million payout.

The guest list for the wedding was expected to feature the likes of Fairfax Media director Jack Cowin and Nutrimetics pioneer turned wealthy property developer Imelda Roche.

Mr Robinson's father and other family members are also believed to be on the guest list, but Mrt Robinson senior would not discuss it when contacted by the Daily.
 

EARLIER: GINIA Rinehart's new husband-to-be comes from the Sunshine Coast.

And the wedding could be taking place at an exclusive Hamilton Island hideaway this weekend.

It has been revealed billionaire Gina Rinehart's daughter's secret lover is Simon Robinson.

Simon grew up Nambour and his father Edward (Ted) worked for the Sunshine Coast Daily as a chief photographer for many years.

One of his brothers has a plumbing business on the Coast.

Simon who worked in the army for years, was  employed as Ginia's personal bodyguard.

Australia's richest woman, Gina Rinehart.
Australia's richest woman, Gina Rinehart. Contributed/Darryl Peroni

It's understood love blossomed quickly between the pair, although he has been able to keep his identity a closely guarded secret.

Other media has reported Ginia, the youngest of Gina's four children, is to be married at the exclusive Qualia resort in coming days.

The guest list will feature the likes of Fairfax Media director Jack Cowin, adman John Singleton and Nutrimetics pioneer turned wealthy property developer Imelda Roche.

Ginia sided with her mum during the bitter family dispute which saw her elder siblings, John Hancock, Bianca Rinehart and Hope Welker launch legal action against Mrs Rinehart in September 2011.

Gina did not attend the weddings of John, Bianca or Hope, but is expected to be at Ginia's.

None of the Robinsons could be reached for comment.



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