Minderoo is proudly Australian based but brings a global perspective to all endeavours, whether philanthropic or commercial. Our logo draws on the colours of the Australian landscape. We take our name from Minderoo Station, where Andrew Forrest grew up in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It has been a part of the Forrest family for generations. Minderoo is an Aboriginal word meaning permanent and clean water.
Andrew and Nicola Forrest lead Minderoo across a range of philanthropic and commercial endeavours. We share eight common values across our initiatives:
Family, Courage, Humility, Frugality, Empowerment, Enthusiasm, Determination and Innovation.
The Minderoo Foundation was established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001 and was originally known as the Australian Children’s Trust. The Foundation’s work was based on the mandate to give a hand up, not a hand out and that ethos remains today. Since establishment the Foundation has supported over 250 initiatives across Australia and internationally in pursuit of a range of causes. These include fighting modern slavery, ending Indigenous disadvantage, ensuring all children in Australia thrive by five, strengthening arts, culture and community through partnerships, and attracting the world’s best minds to Western Australia.
The Minderoo Group encompasses the commercial activities of Andrew and Nicola Forrest. The Group pursues innovative opportunities, with a particular focus on forward looking investments. In addition to a 33% shareholding in the publicly listed company Andrew founded, Fortescue Metals Group, the Group holds a number of pastoral leases, property investments, Harvey Beef and a suite of mineral exploration projects.