Billionaire MP Clive Palmer, and his wife Anna, welcomed their second daughter together on December 18 and named her Lucy Diamond Stelina Mary Anna Nancy. Lucy Palmer joins big sister Mary, aged 5. Clive has two adult children named Michael and Emily from his first wife, Susan, to whom he was married for 22 years.
Clive was raised on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and holds many interests in mining, including Mineralogy, which has 160 billion tonnes of iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Waratah Coal, Queensland Nickel and the Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery. He has also owned a football team, Gold Coast United, and is Adjunct Professor of Management at Bond University on the Gold Coast. He is secretary-general of the World Leadership Alliance, which promotes democracy and includes members such as Bill Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi; Clive is also president of the alliance’s business chapter, the World Economic Council. He recently opened the Palmersaurus dinosaur park, and has plans to launch a modern-day replica of the RMS Titanic, to be named Titanic II. Clive has been active in conservative politics since the 1970s, and this year won the seat of Fairfax on the Gold Coast for his Palmer United Party. In 2012 he was named a National Living Treasure by the New South Wales branch of the National Trust of Australia.
Anna is originally from Bulgaria, and came here in the early 1990s. She was married to Clive’s friend Andrew Topalov; Clive walked Anna down the aisle at her first wedding when her parents were unable to attend. Many years later, Clive lost his wife Sue to cancer in 2005, and Anna’s husband passed away from melanoma the following year. Shared grief brought Clive and Anna together, and they were married in 2007.
Before his second daughter’s birth, Clive said that if the baby was a boy, he would like to name him Charlie, after Charlie Brown in the Peanuts strip – apparently a favourite comic of his. I wonder if Lucy‘s name is after Lucy Van Pelt from Peanuts?
The Diamond seems like a reference to the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, although it also reminds me of the famous blue diamond in the movie Titanic!
Mary and Anna are the baby’s sister and mother, Nancy is the name of Clive’s mother, and I wonder if Stelina could be Anna’s mother’s name? With this many middle names, I suspect the Palmers are not planning on having more children.