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Pizza delivery boy who rose in the ranks to become CEO of Domino's buys $5.35 million mansion

One of Australia’s highest-earning CEOs, who started his career as a pizza delivery boy has snapped up a multi-million dollar property on Australia’s Glitter Strip.

Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij, 51, rose through the ranks to the chain’s top job after starting his career as a delivery driver for Silvio’s Dial-a-Pizza at Redcliffe.

Mr Meij, who earned more than 435 times the average Australian salary in 2018 has reportedly forked out $5.35million for a full-floor apartment on the Gold Coast.

One of Australia's highest-earning CEOs Don Meij (pictured) who started his career as a pizza delivery boy has snapped up a multi-million dollar property on Australia's Glitter Strip

One of Australia’s highest-earning CEOs Don Meij (pictured) who started his career as a pizza delivery boy has snapped up a multi-million dollar property on Australia’s Glitter Strip

Mr Meij, who earns more than 435 times the average Australian salary has reportedly forked out $5.35million for a full-floor apartment on the Gold Coast

Mr Meij, who earns more than 435 times the average Australian salary has reportedly forked out $5.35million for a full-floor apartment on the Gold Coast

The apartment is in the eight-story Main Beach SEA building and spans 367 square metres featuring three ensuite bedrooms. two living areas and a study, reports the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Other high flyers who have owned property in the apartment block include VIP Pet Foods founder Tony Quinn, cotton farmer Alan Frost and car dealer Greg Eastment. 

The father-of-four wouldn’t’ comment on the sale but a spokesperson said he had ‘long been an admirer of the beauty of the Gold Coast.’ 

The apartment is in the eight-story Main Beach SEA building and spans 367 square metres

The apartment is in the eight-story Main Beach SEA building and spans 367 square metres

The property was purchased by cotton farmer Alan Frost for $5million last year before selling it for only a small profit.

Dominos Pizza is one of several Australian businesses which has actually profited during COVID-19, due to a surge in take-out and home delivery.

The company’s share price topped $68AUD on the Australian Stock Exchange this week.

Mr Meij’s remarkable rise to the top began when he was delivering meals for Silvio’s Dial-a-Pizza – at the same time juggling a university degree with dreams of becoming a teacher or a policeman.  

His delivery job turned into a management position and, in 1993, Silvio’s brought the Domino’s brand to Australia from the US. 

It features three ensuite bedrooms. two living areas and a beach view

It features three ensuite bedrooms. two living areas and a beach view

Three years later, Meij purchased his own Domino’s franchise with his then-wife Esme Meij, and within five years he owned 17 stores across the country.

In 2001, the father-of-four and another franchise owner, Grant Bourke, merged their stores and bought a quarter share of Domino’s Australia, with Meij taking up the chief executive role.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Dominos Australia for comment. 

Mr Meij's remarkable rise to the top began when he was delivering meals for Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza

Mr Meij’s remarkable rise to the top began when he was delivering meals for Silvio’s Dial-a-Pizza 

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