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Justin Hemmes takes his four-year-old daughter to his wild $1million ‘mini-festival’ staff party


Pub baron Justin Hemmes spent a reported $1million on a party for Merivale staff at his Sydney nightclub The Ivy on Monday. 

And the 49-year-old billionaire has now revealed there was a very special guest in attendance: his four-year-old daughter Saachi.

Justin, who inherited his hospitality empire from his parents John and Merivale Hemmes, took his little girl along to the staff party he dubbed a ‘mini-festival’.

‘Saachi’s first staff party’: Billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes took his four-year-old daughter Saachi to his $1million Merivale staff rave at The Ivy nightclub in Sydney on Monday

‘Saachi’s first staff party,’ Justin wrote on Instagram alongside a video of himself holding his daughter as they danced together. 

He shares Saachi and Alexa, five, with his ex-partner Kate Fowler.   

Justin’s shindig, held at his popular CBD nightclub The Ivy, lasted a whopping 12 hours and cost $1million.

Co-parents: Justin shares Saachi and Alexa, five, with his ex-partner Kate Fowler

Co-parents: Justin shares Saachi and Alexa, five, with his ex-partner Kate Fowler

What a bash: The 49-year-old businessman spent a reported $1million on a party for Merivale staff at his Sydney nightclub The Ivy on Monday

What a bash: The 49-year-old businessman spent a reported $1million on a party for Merivale staff at his Sydney nightclub The Ivy on Monday

‘It was a mini-festival. Thousands of staff all having an amazing time, it was incredible,’ Hemmes told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

The spend was chump change to the billionaire, who was happy to drop some change on his charges, with 4500 staff members partying all day at The Ivy – which was aptly re-named ‘Ivy Land’. 

‘It is not about spending money, it is about recognition,’ he said. ‘It is celebrating their hard work and acknowledging them for the great job that they do. Particularly in hospitality, staff are everything. 

'It was a mini-festival. Thousands of staff all having an amazing time, it was incredible,' Hemmes told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday

‘It was a mini-festival. Thousands of staff all having an amazing time, it was incredible,’ Hemmes told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday

Huge: Hemmes partied alongside 4,500 staff

Huge: Hemmes partied alongside 4,500 staff

‘Your business is built on your people but also we are a family company and we like to celebrate the good times and celebrate the success, our people and the support they give us.’ 

Hemmes shared several videos from the epic bash, aptly named ‘Ivy Land’, on Monday, with his model girlfriend Madeline Holtznagel, 26, taking centre stage as she danced in a glitzy rhinestone bra to the pumping DJ beats.

Her model sister Simone, who recently appeared on SAS Australia, later shared a video of Madeline hosing down revellers with a steam machine as she danced onstage.

'It is not about spending money, it is about recognition,' he said. 'It is celebrating their hard work and acknowledging them for the great job that they do. Particularly in hospitality, staff are everything'

‘It is not about spending money, it is about recognition,’ he said. ‘It is celebrating their hard work and acknowledging them for the great job that they do. Particularly in hospitality, staff are everything’

Hot to trot: Hemmes shared several videos from the epic bash, aptly named 'Ivy Land', on Monday, with his model girlfriend Madeline Holtznagel, 26, taking centre stage as she danced in a glitzy rhinestone bra to the pumping DJ beats

Hot to trot: Hemmes shared several videos from the epic bash, aptly named ‘Ivy Land’, on Monday, with his model girlfriend Madeline Holtznagel, 26, taking centre stage as she danced in a glitzy rhinestone bra to the pumping DJ beats

The crowd, which were staff from all of Merivale’s venues, danced to a banging setlist of club anthems from headline act Flight Facilities.

There were also multiple DJs and drag performers at the event. 

The majority of attendees wore colourful outfits and props as they fist-pumped to the beat, and enjoyed free-flowing drinks and cuisine all night long. 

Food included delicious delights from Merivale venues including Ms. G’s cheeseburger spring rolls and pizza from Vinnie’s Pizza at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hemmes made his debut on the Financial Review Rich List in 2018 with an estimated net worth of $951million.

Party time: The crowd, which were staff from all of Merivale's venues, danced to a banging setlist of club anthems from headline act Flight Facilities. The majority of attendees wore colourful outfits and props as they fist-pumped to the beat

Party time: The crowd, which were staff from all of Merivale’s venues, danced to a banging setlist of club anthems from headline act Flight Facilities. The majority of attendees wore colourful outfits and props as they fist-pumped to the beat

Last year, his net worth grew to $1.2billion, making him the 97th richest person in Australia.

The billionaire businessman owns a string of lucrative pubs and establishments across the country, including the Lorne Hotel on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, along with The Quarterdeck, The Inlet and The Whale Inn.

Huge parties for staff have become folklore at Merivale, which is currently facing a class action before the Federal Court for underpayment of workers. Merivale has denied liability and is vigorously fighting the class action.

Class action: Huge parties for staff have become folklore at Merivale, which is currently facing a class action before the Federal Court for underpayment of workers. Merivale has denied liability and is vigorously fighting the class action

Class action: Huge parties for staff have become folklore at Merivale, which is currently facing a class action before the Federal Court for underpayment of workers. Merivale has denied liability and is vigorously fighting the class action



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