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Lifestyle How Singo made Tinkler rich Nathan Tinkler's fortunes were sealed only after adman John Singleton vouched for his business credentials, reveals Stuart Washington. A lender talking with him was "squeezing his balls" and trying to drastically cut Tinkler's stake in a coal deal, someone with knowledge of the negotiations said.
The Sun-Herald can reveal the Sydney adman and a fellow lover of horseflesh John Singleton played a small but crucial role in saving Tinkler's crown jewels and restoring his fortunes.
Singleton's previously unreported role helped shore up support from four offshore billionaires who went on to back Tinkler's vision, write the cheque, and make Tinkler a billionaire in his own right. Today The Sun-Herald investigates the steps that transformed the year-old former electrician into Australia's newest billionaire coal baron.
Advertisement Less well known about Tinkler's biggest deal are the parts played by Singleton and the veteran businessman Mark Carnegie, and their roles in securing backing from offshore billionaires: Tinkler's profile rose as he bought fast cars his Ferrari was stolen and torched this yearluxury properties in Newcastle and Brisbane, a rugby league team the Newcastle Knightsa football team the Newcastle Jets and six horse farms.
Yet it was his ability to buy an unloved coal reserve on the cheap and profit enormously that made his fortune. But early last year, the Maules Creek deal threatened to come unstuck. However, talks with the Hong Kong-based Noble Group - Tinkler's partner in the wildly successful Middlemount deal - were on the point of failing.
Amid the negotiations, Tinkler had to find a new lifeline for the loans. Accounts differ, but the The Sun-Herald understands that Sydney-based boutique investor Shearwater Capital was the first to put in a call to the Singapore-based hedge fund, Noonday.
But hedge funds don't just sign up for loans for hundreds of millions of dollars. BKK Partners, the investment adviser employing the former treasurer Peter Costello, put together a mini-roadshow for Noonday.
After presentations in Singapore, with pitches by Tinkler's key managers and the former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile, chairman of the new coal company, Noonday was prepared to support Tinkler. Raymond Zage, the veteran head of Noonday known for his successes in risky Asian markets investing in Indonesian banks is not for the faint-heartedcalled in his San Francisco bosses.
Steyer reportedly gets around in a Honda Accord and speaks out regularly on the need for clean energy. He wanted a validation from a trusted source of the Australian self-made man knocking on his door.
Steyer and Spokes turned to Carnegie, a veteran of the private equity scene whom Steyer knew. Carnegie reached out to his investment partner and friend Singleton, who had dealt with Tinkler in the past. Singleton was able to vouch for Tinkler's capacities as a businessman. Singleton, Carnegie and a spokesman for Tinkler would not comment.
Noble Group did not return calls. After signing up for the loan, Noonday brought in three of Asia's richest men, giving them direct exposure to Tinkler's deal.
It is testament to Tinkler's high-wire skills that near disaster was averted. Tinkler owns just under a third of it. Noonday, Farallon and the Asian investors have also been richly rewarded for their decision to back Tinkler with large stakes in Aston Resources. What astonishes observers is how Tinkler's bets keep increasing.
Loading An investment banker, speaking on condition of anonymity, predicts Tinkler's love of high-stakes deals is putting him on course to become Australia's richest man.
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