Part of Andrew (pictured) and Nicola Forrest’s $400 million donation includes $50 million directed towards supporting arts, cultural, environmental and community organisations Photo: Bohdan Warchomij

Forrests gift $400m

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola Forrest, have made history today with a $400 million pledge the prime minister has called a ‘game changer’.

The money will be directed to six main areas, including cancer research, arts, community and the environment, and early childhood.

Announcing the news this morning, Malcolm Turnbull said it was the biggest single philanthropic gift in the country’s history and the largest donation by living Australians. In 2014, Australian businessman Paul Ramsay left a philanthropic bequest of more than $3 billion.


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