Ginia Rinehart’s private chef Jean Lopez charged over Bondi robbery – and two women have restraining orders against him
- Jean Lopez arrested over alleged break and enter
- Subject of restraining orders from two women
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A private chef working for the daughter of Gina Rinehart has been charged with allegedly hiring a locksmith to help him break into a home – and has been hit with restraining orders from two different women.
Self-described hospitality entrepreneur Jean Lopez has been working as a private chef to mining heiress Ginia Rinehart and her husband Simon Robinson at the couple’s penthouse which overlooks Bondi Beach in Sydney‘s east.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Lopez, a 31-year-old French national, was arrested over an aggravated break and enter at a home in North Bondi in June.
The resident of the unit, who had met Lopez once, told police he was lucky to be home at the time of the alleged break-in, and that Lopez hired a locksmith to pry open his front door early one Sunday morning.
Lopez has since been released on strict bail conditions and is required to report to Bondi Beach police station daily, comply with a curfew and not enter or go within 100 metres of any international airport or other point of departure from Australia.
The matter will be heard in court at a later date.
Daily Mail Australia understands Lopez has been employed by Ms Rinehart for over eight months and is regularly seen around the new Pacific development, where the old Swiss Grand Hotel used to be.
Lopez has a lengthy resume and has worked at some of Australia’s top restaurants, including Bistro Guillame, Rockpool, The Cats Meow Bar and The Island.
Friends have told Daily Mail Australia Lopez is a part owner and consultant at South American restaurant Zama in Bondi.
Ginia Rinehart, the youngest daughter of mining mogul Gina Rinehart, purchased the Bondi Beach penthouse in 2017 for $15million.
Overlooking the famous stretch of sand, the two-storey, four-bedroom apartment is understood to be a permanent home for Ms Rinehart and Mr Robinson.
Gina Rinehart is worth $37.41billion, according to the Australian Financial Review’s Rich List 2023.
She’s the head of mining giant Hancock Prospecting, with diversified investments that include real estate, agriculture and even medicinal cannabis.
Hancock Prospecting was founded by her late father Lang, but it’s under Gina that the company has become a global giant.
Gina, 69, has two children from her first marriage to Greg Hayward, John Hancock, 47, and Bianca Rinehart, 46. The couple divorced in 1981.
Ginia, who has long backed her mother and stayed loyal to the family empire, is ranked 46th on the Rich List with a personal wealth of $2.47billion, with her older brother John at 47 with $2.43billion.
They are followed by second eldest child Bianca at 49 with $2.4billion, then middle daughter Hope Reinhart Welker at 50 with $2.42billion.
A spokesperson for the Rinehart family company, Hancock Prospecting, declined to comment. Mr Lopez was approached for comment.
He is due to face court at a later date.