Harvest time for BHP shareholders

TEN years ago BHP posted a record US$21.7 billion profit for the 2011FY, paid an annual dividend of $1.01 a share, and was planning to spend more than $80 billion in less than four years on expansions and new growth options.

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BHP CEO Mike Henry

Those expansions and growth options included $20 billion on the Outer Harbour at Port Hedland, $30 billion on a big-bang expansion of Olympic Dam, and $12 billion on the creation of a "fifth pillar"