John Andrew Henry Forrest was born in 1961. He is better known as Andrew Forrest, and occasionally by his nickname Twiggy Forrest. He is a mining magnate based in Perth, Australia. He was the CEO of the Fortescue Metals Group or FMG, and currently serves as the group’s non-executive chairman. As of 2015, Forrest was at 847th on the Forbes Billionaires List, with a net worth of USD 2.2 billion. He was also the richest individual in Australia in 2008, and is ranked within the top ten richest Australians by BRW magazine (2015).
Forrest was born in Perth, Australia. He was the youngest of three children, and the great-great nephew of the first Western Australian premier, John Forrest. His great-grandfather was a part-owner of the Minderoo Station, where Forrest spent much of his early years, working as a jackeroo on the family ranch. He suffered from a speech impediment since childhood, which meant ‘if I had to get up and answer a question in a classroom, well, I was toast’.