Pub baron Justin Hemmes has left Sydney airport with an unknown brunette after returning to the city on a private jet just in time for Easter.
The billionaire owner of the Merivale Group, who runs more than 70 bars and restaurants, was seen innocent on Tuesday night when he got into a blue Rolls Royce with the woman.
The 48-year-old dressed casually in a shirt and button-up pants as he exited the plane on his return to town.
Spotted: Justin Hemmes got into a car with a brunette woman after driving into Sydney airport on Tuesday while his girlfriend Madeline Holtznagel was enjoying a solo outing in Double Bay
He all smiled as he talked to the woman as the driver put their bags in the car.
Earlier that day, his girlfriend and model Madeline Holtznagel, 24, looked lost when she was seen walking through Sydney’s Double Bay.
During the walk, she glanced repeatedly at her phone, wearing a pair of black shorts and a PE Nation jersey.
Back home: After driving into the state capital on a private jet, the businessman jumped into a car with the brunette
Talk: the pub baron talked to the female while the driver put his bags in a blue Royce Rolls
Waiting game: The brunette was seen nearby while their bags were placed in a car
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Hemmes and Holtznagel for comment. Obviously, he and the brunette are just friends.
Justin and Madeline were last seen together on March 10, aboard a seaplane outside his harbor estate in Vaucluse.
The couple were thought to be heading for Hemmes’ south coast retreat in Berrara.
The publican has significantly increased his holdings in the area and recently bought a waterfront pub, The Quarterdeck in Narooma.
Solo Outing: Madeline (pictured) was seen strolling through Double Bay as her boyfriend landed back in Sydney. She seemed dejected as she looked at her phone on the walk
Last public appearance: Justin and his girlfriend Madeline were last seen together on March 10, aboard a seaplane outside his harbor estate in Vaucluse
Conversation: The brunette was also seen talking to another woman
Lift the lid: Madeline lifted the lid on their relationship in October, telling The Sydney Morning Herald not to introduce Justin to her parents just yet. Pictured together in November in Coogee
The pair first sparked romantic rumors when they were partying on its Bombardier Challenger jet in August.
Madeline lifted the lid on their relationship in October, telling The Sydney Morning Herald not to introduce Justin to her parents just yet.
‘My parents and my sister Anna haven’t met him yet, but [her other sister] Simone was introduced to him and really liked him, ”she said.
Depart: Justin and the brunette were seen exiting the airport together in the blue car
Madeline remained silent about how long she and Justin had been dating, but hinted that they had been seeing each other longer than the reports suggested.
She said, “We’ve known each other for two years and met when I was modeling in Singapore.”
When asked about his new romance, a reluctant Justin said at the time, “We’re hanging out.”
Successful: Justin is the chief executive of his family’s hospitality company Merivale, which owns a collection of various pubs and hotels, including popular Sydney locations The Ivy, Coogee Pavilion and The Newport Arms
History: He has managed the group since 1997 – a company built from scratch by his father John and named after John’s wife, Merivale. Hemmes is assisted by his sister Bettina, who is a co-owner of the Merivale Empire
Justin is the chief executive of his family’s hospitality company Merivale, which owns a collection of several successful pubs and hotels, including popular Sydney locations The Ivy, Coogee Pavilion and The Newport Arms.
He has been in charge of the group since 1997, after taking over from his father, John, who named the company Merivale after his wife.
Hemmes runs the business with his sister, Bettina.
Justin’s hospitality empire is believed to be worth about $ 1 billion.
Candid: Despite his wealth and endless model mates, Justin told The Daily Telegraph he ‘doesn’t think you need money to be happy’
Despite his wealth, Justin has previously said that he ‘doesn’t think you need money to be happy’.
“For me, I think hard work, getting a lot of exercise and keeping the mind active is the most important thing,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
Justin shares two children, Alexa, four, and Saachi, three, with ex Kate Fowler, whom he split in July 2018.
“For me, I think hard work, lots of exercise, and keeping the mind active is the most important thing,” he said
Merivale was found to owe its employees up to $ 129 million in unpaid wages if it does not overturn a federal court decision.
Justice Thomas Thawley ruled that the hospitality giant’s 2009 WorkChoices agreement – which lowered fines and overtime – was invalid, despite passing a so-called “ fairness test. ”
If the collective action is successful, more than 14,000 Merivale employees will receive millions in compensation.
The collective action was taken by Merivale employees ‘at one of their locations in a hospitality position, for the six years prior to December 24, 2019’.
Underpayments cannot be claimed older than six years.
According to the Australian Financial Review, Merivale has said the decision was “ extremely concerning ” because it believed it had passed the so-called fairness test in place at the time.
The court heard that Merivale’s employment contract failed the fairness test twice before being approved by the regulator – but the verdict depended on that final approval.
Family: Justin shares two children, Alexa, four, and Saachi, three, with ex-partner Kate Fowler, 29, from whom he split in July 2018