Twiggy In, Olivia Out
As stated in previous BPS posts: the billionaires are kicking out the millionaires. There’s a new billionaire in town. Less than a month after his consiglieres were spotted in the Byron Bay hinterland kicking the tyres at Olivia Newton-John’s Gaia Retreat and Spa, the West Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has taken the plunge.
Twiggy purchased the wellness retreat for an undisclosed fee (but rumoured to be $30 mil) through his Tattarang investment house’s “lifestyle and property division”. Wife Nicola Forrest is a director and chief investment officer is John Hartman – who spent time inside Sydney’s Silverwater jail on inside trading charges in 2010 along with old schoolmate Oliver Curtis, husband of publicist/socialite Roxy Jacenko.
The rehabbed investment manager said Gaia would continue as a wellness retreat – so that’s negatory on rumours Twiggy was considering converting the 22-bedroom sanctuary with an attached day spa, fitness centre, saltwater pool as a holiday bolthole.
ONJ has said, “It is time to pass the baton on to new custodians so they can continue our positive message that Gaia is ‘your timeout to reconnect, breath and surrender’.” They were seeking: “Like-minded visionaries who are inspired to continue [the] ‘G.R.O.W.’ ethos – Gratitude, Respect, Organic, Wellness …’.” No mention of green hydrogen, but sounds like Twiggy to a T.