1937: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer born on December 17 in Australia

1956: He finishes his education at Geelong Grammar and goes to work in the family business, Australian Consolidated Press

1972: He and his brother Clyde persuade their father to sell Sydney’s Telegraph newspapers to Rupert Murdoch

1974: Takes over the running of the family company, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, including the Nine television network

1977: Sets up World Series Cricket, attracting top players including the England captain Tony Greig

1987: Sells his two Channel Nine TV stations to businessman Alan Bond for one billion dollars

1990: Suffers a massive attack while playing polo in Sydney, and is resuscitated for six minutes

Tries to buy the Fairfax newspaper group, but meets resistance from the
Australian parliament and withdraws as controlling shareholder in the

1994: His wealth is savaged by foreign-exchange
losses, an unsuccessful bid for the Sydney casino licence and a
plunging share price

1999: PBL takes overownership of Melbourne’s Crown Casino and begins its growth in gaming

2000: Packer’s long-serving helicopter pilot, Nick Ross, donates one of his own kidneys for transplantation to his boss

Announces a joint venture agreement with Betfair, the British online
betting exchange, enabling the British company to operate in Australia

2005: His wealth is estimated at AU$6.9 billion making him the richest man in Australia and the 94th richest man in the world

2005: Dies at the age of 68 on December 26 at home with his family

SOURCES: The Times (UK), ABC, BRW, Four Corners