The Price of Fortune

by Damon Kitney

On Sale: 24/02/2020


About the Book

The acclaimed biography of James Packer.

James Packer turns to Greek mythology in an attempt to explain the most exciting yet tumultuous period of his 50 years on earth.

"I was like Icarus," the billionaire tells his biographer, journalist Damon Kitney, of the heady days of 2016 when he broke up with pop star Mariah Carey, abandoned living in Hollywood and Israel, left the global casino stage, and divided the family fortune in a bitter separation from his sister. "I flew too close to the sun."

With these words, Packer delves for the first time into the story behind his stunning public revelation in mid-March 2018 of his battle with mental health issues, which forced him to resign from the board of the Crown Casino company he owns and loves.

Never before has a member of the Packer family co-operated with a writer to tell their story. In his biography The Price of Fortune, one of the nation's richest and most psychoanalysed men opens up in an attempt to make sense of his rollercoaster life and to tell the human story of being James Douglas Packer. Of how his wealth, charm and intellect took him to such exciting places. Yet how sometimes trusting the wrong people and his own rash actions cost him money, friendships, his health and business reputation on the global stage - and how he is now working on getting it all back.


'a revealing portrait of a complex man' - Australian Financial Review

'a journalistic classic' - John Lehmann, editor of The Australian

'Engrossing, highly readable' The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age

'Kitney manages to tread the fine line between documenting the bizarre spectacle that is Packer's life, and eliciting sympathy for this man of extraordinary wealth.' The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460756737
  • ISBN 10: 1460756738
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 24/02/2020
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD


Damon Kitney has spent more than two decades in financial journalism, including 16 years at the Australian Financial Review in a variety of writing and editing roles in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, including five years as a deputy editor of the newspaper. Since 2010 he has been the Victorian business editor at The Australian, specialising in writing the untold personal stories of the nation's richest and most private people.

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