Son of richest Australian bids for 'family harmony'
SYDNEY (AFP) - The son of Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart, who is embroiled in a family feud, has withdrawn his bid to head a family trust for "the sake of family harmony", reports said on Wednesday.
The feud has been simmering since 2011, with son John Hancock siding with his sister Bianca Rinehart against their mother for control of the multi-billion dollar trust.
At the centre of the dispute is the trust set up by the late mining magnate Lang Hancock in 1988 with his four grandchildren as the beneficiaries.
His daughter Ms Gina Rinehart was to run the trust, which holds a 23.4 per cent share of her iron ore company Hancock Prospecting, until the youngest grandchild turned 25 in 2011.