When Jim Richards left the British army to join a modern-day gold rush in the early 1990s, he had no language skills, no money and no idea. Jim has prospected and mined in some of the maddest, most dangerous places on earth, where isolation, disease and violent criminals come with the territory. He has founded a string of successful mining businesses and is currently the executive chairman of an Australian publicly listed minerals corporation. Jim lives in Perth, with his wife and four young boys. He writes wearing ear plugs.