Indian billionaire wants to buy Aussie gold mines
Indian jewellery billionaire, Rajesh Mehta, is said to looking for Australian gold assets as several miners are in the process of shedding non-core operations to survive the current squeeze on the industry.
According to Financial Review, the tycoon said his company is ready to spend up to US$700 million on growing its presence Down Under, with mines being the primary focus.
Bangalore-based Rajesh Exports, India's biggest jewellery maker, is already setting up a subsidiary in Melbourne, which will drive the hunt for stakes in the local gold sector, Mehta said.
Earlier this year, the company announced it would create a new division for offering gold loans. If it goes ahead Rajesh Exports would become the first large jewellery firm to provide bullion-backed loans in India.
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