The boyfriend of a wealthy eastern suburbs socialite who is accused of assaulting him worked as a male escort before their relationship.
BondiBoost founder turned restaurateur Alexandra Jakob has been charged with common assault following an alleged incident with her new partner Michael Burn on January 17.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Burn was previously known by his stage name ‘Mr Jake Ryan’ and was one of Australia’s ‘top male escorts’, charging up to $5,000 a night.
The UK-born escort, who used to work in sales, told Daily Mail Australia that she swapped her salary from $500 a week for $500 an hour as a sex worker in 2021.
“As soon as I tried it and saw the money I thought, yeah, I’m switching to the escort life,” she said.
Police allege Jakob (right) assaulted his partner Michael Burn (left) and smashed a door at a Point Piper address at 2:10 a.m., according to court documents.
Michael Burn, also known as Mr Jake Ryan, was one of Australia’s top male escorts before retiring at the end of last year.
While it is unknown whether Jakobs was aware of her past as a sex worker when they began dating in September last year, it is understood she walked away from the industry months later in November.
In a touching post shared on social media, Jake stated that after 10 years in the adult industry he was retiring with immediate effect.
“I am embarking on a new and better future,” the post read.
“From winning multiple awards to appearing on live television twice, it’s been fun…”
“All social profiles/accounts will be deactivated on November 11, 2023,” it added.
Police allege Jakob assaulted Burn and smashed a door at a Point Piper address at 2.10am, according to court documents.
Jakob and Burn did not respond to Daily Mail Australia’s requests for comment.
The couple has continued to post cozy photos on social media since the alleged incident, with Burn posting gushing Instagram posts for Valentine’s Day.
Michael Burn’s alter ego ‘Mr Jake’ to retire in November 2023
The couple own three waterfront properties on Wolseley Street in Point Piper, one of the most exclusive suburbs in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Jakob has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will next appear at Downing Central Court on August 28, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He was granted bail on condition that he did not stalk, harass, threaten, assault or intimidate Mr Burn, or damage any property or animals owned by him.
Ms Jakob is prohibited from being in the company of Mr Burn within 12 hours of drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.
Police have issued an interim stopped violence order for the protection of Mr Burn.
However, the couple has continued to post cozy photos on social media since the alleged incident, with Burn posting gushing Instagram posts for Valentine’s Day.
“Happy Valentine’s Day (sic) to be (sic) my best friend, my soulmate (sic) and my future,” Burn wrote in a series of images that Jakob reposted.
“For many, many more.”
Jakob rose to success thanks to his Bondi Boost brand, which sells hair care products such as oils, brushes, treatments and vitamins.
However, he quietly sold the brand to American private equity firm Gauge Capital for an undisclosed sum in April 2022.
She is now a business partner of the Spanish restaurant Bondi Ibérica.
Ms Jakob was previously married to billionaire technology investor Gabriel Jakob (whose surname was previously Yakob), and was banned from providing financial services by ASIC in 2022 for a period of five years.
ASIC also banned Trading Life Services from providing financial services for five years, finding that the company engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, or conduct likely to mislead or deceive, by publishing and distributing promotional materials, and that under the Mr. Yakob’s supervision is not adequately trained or competent to participate in the financial services industry.
The former couple own three waterfront properties on Wolseley Street in Point Piper, one of the most exclusive suburbs in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
In 2020, The Australian reported that Hyper Capital had $550 million in assets and that the couple did not need financing to purchase their second and third homes.
In late 2022, the Jakobs purchased a vacant lot overlooking Sydney Harbor for $27 million in September 2022 from the son of Chinese billionaire Wu Li.
The couple were previously rumored to have plans to combine the three waterfront properties into a mega harbor mansion that would include Sydney’s largest home-gy and a “love room”.
All traces of their marriage have been deleted from Jakob’s social media, save for a handful of tagged photos from the couple’s 2017 New Zealand wedding.