When Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered his first speech to the UN General Assembly at the end of last year, someone was filming from the floor.
The self-described "Job Queen" has been thrust into the spotlight in recent days due to her cosy relationship with former health minister Sussan Ley.
Russo, who was listed as Australia's 12th richest woman by BRW magazine in 2015, regularly posts her encounters with Australia's most senior politicians.
Sometimes it's with PMs and ministers at press conferences.
Other times it's at the races.
Australian Electoral Commission records show Russo has donated tens of thousands of dollars to both major parties over the years through her network of employment companies.
Russo has donated more than $100,000 to the Coalition since 2000.
And the Labor party received about half as much over the same period.
A look at the historical data of Australian tenders shows Russo has been a big winner in the privatisation of employment services.
Russo's employment services companies have won $1.8 billion in government tenders since 2006.
Among the dozens of contracts Russo was granted, there is one that stands out. In June 2015, a tender was published online that showed the Department of Employment would contract out "employment services" to a Russo-controlled company for a whopping $600 million.
In the same month that the $600 million tender was published online, then-health minister Sussan Ley attended the wedding of Russo's nephew. Russo posted this Instagram at the event.
A week earlier, Russo posted this Instagram photo with then-prime minister Tony Abbott.
A spokesperson for Russo told BuzzFeed News the $600 million contract to connect employers with the unemployed was announced to the public several months earlier on March 31, 2015.
Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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