Tory Packer Dad:- Kerry Packer was born on 17 December 1937 in Sydney as Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer. His father was Sir Frank Packer, a media mogul in Australia who owned Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network. Gretel Bullmore, his mother, was the granddaughter of Scottish rugby union star Herbert Bullmore. Clyde Packer was his elder brother.
At school, he participated in various sports, including boxing, cricket, and rugby; nevertheless, he suffered academically, perhaps as a result of undiagnosed dyslexia. In 1974, Packer received the family fortune, which was worth $100 million, upon his father’s death. In 1972, his father and older son, Clyde, had a falling out.
Francis Packer affectionately fondles the silver ring as he recalls a “wonderful” upbringing growing up in the midst of one of Australia’s most potent and lasting families. “There was a garden walk leading from our home to my grandfather’s house, where I often went to play. The Frank Packer I knew was a kind guy who doted on me. My grandmother had died before I was born, but her presence remained strong within the family. “For a long period, I was made very obvious that I was the heir apparent… I was the Packer prince’s illegitimate child.”
However, his grandfather’s ambitions for the youngster were dashed when Clyde and Sir Frank fell out, the former angrily quitting the family business and moving to America after years of feuding with the elder. By default, the family chalice was passed to Kerry and then James, leaving Francis an unknown quantity in the Australasian community.
He acknowledges that even within the Packer family, he is likely to be regarded as a black sheep, an openly gay man described by friends as a sensitive intellectual, a man of the arts who would rather spend his money in a gallery than a casino and his time digging in the garden than carving up a boardroom.
“When I was a child, I believed that everyone had an Alfred butler. We did, as did my grandpa, and Batman himself had one on television. As a bit of a child, I had butlers and others open doors for me, on magical abilities.
Only as an adult do you realize how extraordinary your childhood was. Having the Prime Minister ring the doorbell was not unusual, nor was receiving a special birthday greeting from Miss Marilyn on The Super Flying Fun Show,” Mr. Packer describes his childhood growing up on the Packer family property on Bellevue Hill.