As we welcome in the new year, it’s a fitting time to look back at the holiday season during the Christmas and New Year break.
While some of Australia’s business leaders ended the year with a bang with big family gatherings and over-the-top Christmas parties, others found time for themselves by travelling to remote islands.
Here’s a look at how some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs celebrated the holiday season.
Virgin Group’s Richard Branson celebrated Christmas by doing what he does best — kite surfing. The billionaire thinks it’s the best sport in the world and says his favourite spot is Necker Island.
Founding director of RedBalloon Naomi Simson recently took Christmas to a whole new level by breaking a Guinness World Record and hosting the world’s largest surf lesson which saw over 320 surfing Santas at Bondi Beach. Simson joined in on the fun and says that this season is all about “laughter, fun and getting together with loved ones”.
CEO and founder of online fashion house Showpo, Jane Lu, ended the year in style by taking her whole Showpo crew on a boat.
Job Capital and Inspiring Rare Birds founder, Jo Burston, is counting down the days until she’s on holiday. This year, she’s looking forward to getting away from the “noise and volume” of her day-to-day routine by travelling to a special island with very few staff and no cars.
Gen George founder of OneShift, took her whole team to Nielsen Park Beach for a Hawaiian themed Christmas party to kick off a successful 2015.
Meanwhile, fitness guru and entrepreneur Kayla Itsines found time from personal training to celebrate the end of year with her big Greek family.
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