Ron is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group, and Founder and Chairman of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Perth. He is the founder and formerly the Chairman of Croesus Mining, at one point Australia’s third largest gold producer. Ron was one of the founders of the Workers Party, subsequently known as the Progress Party, and is co-founder with Gina Rinehart of ANDEV (Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision). He is Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was elected as a Mining Legend at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference, and inducted into the Australian Mining Hall of Fame in 2011.
Ron’s long career has led him to experience a number of major world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism in Russia and the Hong Kong handover. He started out as an electrical engineer, training at Kalgoorlie School of Mines, and took over the family business in 1955. Ron founded Croesus Mining in the 1980s which produced 1.275 million ounces of gold and paid 11 dividends. From 1972 to 1995 Ron floated several Australian mining companies before joining the board of a Canadian miner operating in Mexico, Brazil and Turkey.
As a proponent of the free market model, Ron set up Mannkal to promote limited government, free enterprise and individual responsibility. He is an active member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the co-ordinating committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference.
Ron is the author of four books as well as numerous papers and addresses.
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