Pizza pie mogul Don Meij is trading his rustic-chic Colorado mountain lodge in for a decidedly larger and glitzier California mansion. Property records reveal the longtime head of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises — the Australian-owned master franchise holder for the company in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark and Taiwan — and his wife Jenny have picked up a sprawling Tuscan-style estate in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air, paying nearly $21 million. Meanwhile, the couple’s former home in the mountains of Aspen has just sold for $10.3 million.
After starting off his career as a delivery driver in 1987, Meij held various management positions with Silvio’s Dial-a-Pizza and Domino’s Pizza until the late ’90s. He went on to became a Domino’s Pizza franchisee, owning and operating 17 stores before eventually selling them to Domino’s in 2001. A year later, he was named group CEO and managing director of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises; and the 52-year-old is known for leading the company to become the first publicly listed pizza chain on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).
Perched high atop a bluff overlooking Stone Canyon Reservoir, on more than half an acre of land secured behind gates, the posh villa was built on spec in 2015, and has eight bedrooms and a whopping 15 bathrooms in more than 17,000 square feet of opulent living space. Lavish amenities include an indoor pool and spa, movie theater, wine cellar, lounge area/billiard room and gym; and especially standing out is a grand foyer that spills into a spacious fireside living room sporting pocketing glass doors that open to outdoor terraces and sweeping reservoir views, as well as a gourmet kitchen outfitted with a bespoke island, an eat-in peninsula and high-end Wolf appliances.