Wealthy businessman Justin Hemmes, and his girlfriend Kate Fowler, welcomed their first child early this month and have named their daughter Alexa Merivale. Alexa’s middle name is in honour of her grandmother, as Justin’s mother had the unusual name Merivale.
Justin is CEO of Merivale (named after Mrs Hemmes), which was originally a fashion house owned by the Hemmes family. It is now a thriving concern in the hospitality industry, with a portfolio of more than fifty restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, and function centres. Kate is a New Zealand-born model who is the daughter of Australian golf veteran Peter Fowler. She and Justin have been dating for a year.