A wealthy Sydney businesswoman led a lavish lifestyle before she vanished during an investigation into whether she misused millions of dollars friends and associates invested in her business.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the taste for the finer things in life that Melissa Caddick and her second husband Anthony Koletti shared before she suddenly disappeared from their cliffside mansion more than a fortnight ago.
The couple regularly jetted off for ski trips at the most luxurious resort in the ‘millionaire’s playground’ of Aspen, Colorado.
Meanwhile, Ms Caddick was a regular client of one of the city’s most prestigious jewellers and music producer Mr Koletti zoomed about town in a $300,000 Audi R8.
The mother-of-one, 49, hasn’t been seen since she vanished from the couple’s $6.2million Dover Heights mansion, which boasts sweeping views of the city skyline.
The missing persons investigation comes while Ms Caddick was already under scrutiny by the financial services watchdog, ASIC, over the sources of her income.
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Melissa Caddick (centre) and her husband Anthony Koletti (right) would regularly jet off to Aspen, Colorado, where they stayed in a five-star residence at luxury resort, The Little Nell
Mr Koletti zooms about town in an Audi R8 which retails for about $300,000 and goes from 0 to 100km/h in three seconds
Ms Caddick (left) vanished while under investigation by financial services regulator ASIC over the activities of her private company, Maliver Pty Ltd. She and her husband were known to jet over to Aspen for holidays at the five-star resort, The Little Nell. Mr Koletti is on right
Ms Caddick and Mr Koletti regularly took off on ski trips to the alps in Aspen, calling five star hotel The Little Nell home for part of the American winter.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop site describes it as ‘famously the most luxurious of Aspen’s resorts … the home base for the ritzy see-and-be-seen crowd.’
The pair were known to fly in from Los Angeles via private jet.
Back home, Mr Koletti – a DJ and hairdresser – would cruise Sydney in his $300,000 Audi R8 which can go from 0 to 100km/h in three seconds.
On social media, Mr Koletti boasted the car was ‘the first’ of its make to hit Australian shores and a joy ride by the pair was featured on a ‘Supa Cars’ Facebook page.
The couple engaged a private chef three-to-four times a week, Lucia Del Prete, who would whip up organic meals for the family of three and even join them on holidays.
Meanwhile, Ms Caddick was such a regular presence at a luxury jeweller in Sydney’s CBD that Mr Koletti nominated the street it sits on as one of her regular haunts.
Ms Caddick’s Dover Heights home (kitchen in foreground) boasts a spectacular view of the Sydney city skyline as well as its famous harbour (background)
An even more expansive view of Sydney from the top of her and Mr Koletti’s $7million Dover Heights cliffside mansion
Mr Koletti told a police press conference about her disappearance that while she was most often spent her time around Bondi, Dover Heighst and Rose Bay, ‘she could be at Lady Macquarie’s Chair, anywhere in the city – Castlereagh St.’
A source close to the family said: ‘The only thing on Castlereagh St is Canturi’s, the jewelry shop.
‘She’s very close friends with Stefano (Canturi), who owns it. He’s a really, really nice guy. Some of the things she got out of there were astronomical.’
Mr Canturi has counted Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue among his high-profile clientele.
The jeweller’s wife Patricia confirmed Ms Caddick was a ‘long term client’ but declined to comment further.
Internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Stefano Canturi was a close friend of Ms Caddick’s and she was a regular customer
One of several locations she was known to frequent was Castlereagh St – where his jewelry store is located
Ms Caddick’s husband, Mr Koletti, is her second marriage.
She was known to boast to friends how she ‘fell in love’ with him after he gave her an excellent haircut.
‘It was about the way he massaged her head,’ a source claimed.
Mr Koletti promotes himself as a music producer under the name ‘Paws Off’ and, jokingly, as a graduate of the ‘University of Trance’, a genre of dance music.
He previously worked at the Joh Bailey Bondi Junction salon.
A staff member said Mr Koletti had put down his scissors at the start of the pandemic.
‘He never came back after Covid,’ an employee said. ‘I don’t think he will be back anytime soon unfortunately.’
A remix by music producer Mr Koletti featured artwork of him together with his wife. The single was uploaded to both Spotify and iTunes
Lovers: Ms Caddick and her husband, Mr Koletti (together on left) and the avid skiier on the snowfields on right
It’s not suggested Mr Koletti played any role in Ms Caddick’s disappearance or was involved in his wife’s financial dealings which are under investigation by ASIC.
The businesswoman was raided by the Federal Police on November 10, just two days prior to her disappearance.
The raid was related to ASIC’s investigation into claims her company may have been providing financial services without a licence.
ASIC is probing whether Ms Caddick had been using another company’s licence without authorisation.
At a police press conference the Thursday before last, Mr Koletti told his wife: ‘Everything’s taken care of, you’re not in trouble’
A source close to the investigation confirmed the watchdog is also examining whether she may have misappropriated funds, largely invested by friends and associates, in the ‘millions’ of dollars.
The exact amount isn’t known as the investigation is still active.
Ms Caddick had been hit with a court order banning her from leaving the country, disposing of her assets or sending money offshore before her disappearance.
At a public appeal almost the Thursday before last, Mr Koletti spoke directly to his wife, telling her that the troubles she was experiencing had been taken care of.
‘You know how much we love you, just come home,’ he said.
‘Everything’s taken care of, you’re not in trouble.’
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News