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High-flying lives of children of embattled farm boss ‘with $10M debts’

The children of an embattled farm boss who is allegedly $9million in the red appear to be living the high life, despite their father’s financial troubles.   

Gaetano ‘Guy’ Barbera, from Queensland, owns a family farming business in the Bundaberg region, producing capsicum, tomatoes, and zucchinis. 

The businessman is also a director of 14 companies, four of which are facing liquidation over debts totalling $8.9million.

Barbera Fresh is currently in liquidation with alleged debts of $5.7million, along with IPG, which owes $1million, Barbera Properties with $1.45million, and Barbera Transport, $800,000, the Courier Mail reported. 

Rich kids: The daughter of farm boss Giatano 'Guy' Barbera, from Queensland continues to live lavishly despite the family business's financial troubles. Courtney Barbera is pictured during her recent trip to the Swiss Alps

Rich kids: The daughter of farm boss Giatano ‘Guy’ Barbera, from Queensland continues to live lavishly despite the family business’s financial troubles. Courtney Barbera is pictured during her recent trip to the Swiss Alps 

The 24-year-old's social media feed paints a picture of wealth as she is often seen gallivanting around the world including at holiday hotspots. She is pictured above during a trip to Thailand

The 24-year-old’s social media feed paints a picture of wealth as she is often seen gallivanting around the world including at holiday hotspots. She is pictured above during a trip to Thailand

He also replaced his son Mason as director of Barbera Family Farms earlier this month after the company faced a $1.1m lawsuit and a wind-up application.

Guy Barbera, is a director of 14 companies, four of which are facing liquidation over debts totalling $8.9million

Guy Barbera, is a director of 14 companies, four of which are facing liquidation over debts totalling $8.9million

Despite the family business’s financial woes, Barbera’s children continue to live lavishly, often sharing photos of them living large on social media. 

His daughter Courtney Barbera, who was director of Barbera Farms until July 2018, is also a successful dressage rider and a personal trainer with more than 42,000 followers on Instagram.

The 24-year-old’s social media feed paints a picture of wealth. She is often seen gallivanting around the world including at holiday hotspots such as Santorini, Geneva, Thailand, Italy, and the Swiss Alps. 

She recently shared photos from her Valentine’s Day trip to Greece as well as her extravagant Christmas ski trip in Gstaad.  

‘White Christmas in Switzerland,’ she captioned one photo showing her looking out at the slopes from her balcony at the Hotel Le Grand, which is $2,000 for a six-night stay. 

In November, Courtney shared a video of herself relaxing at an infinity pool of the Danas and Infinity Suites in Santorini – which can cost $1,000 a night. 

Mason Barbera, who also directs parts of the family business, is a budding a Supercar driver

Mason Barbera, who also directs parts of the family business, is a budding a Supercar driver

In November, Courtney shared a video of herself relaxing at an infinity pool of the Danas and Infinity Suites in Santorini - which can cost $1,000 a night

In November, Courtney shared a video of herself relaxing at an infinity pool of the Danas and Infinity Suites in Santorini – which can cost $1,000 a night

Mason is currently fourth in the Dunlop2 Series

Mason is currently fourth in the Dunlop2 Series

The Insta-influencer travelled to Italy in December to compete in WBFF Italy – a fitness and beauty pageant – where she came in second in the bikini contest. 

In addition to sharing her travels, she also frequently posts videos and pictures of her exercise routine including shots of her fit physique while scantily-clad. 

Her Improvement Fitness program offers her followers a six-week course to get a ‘head turning booty,’ for only $17.   

Meanwhile, her brother Mason not only directs ten companies, he is also a Supercar driver currently fourth in the Dunlop2 Series.  

Mason is the director of M&R Farms, M Barbera Properties, as well as Moo Moo properties. In January 2018, Moo Moo Properties bought a six-bedroom house for $745,000.

Guy credits his children’s success to their own hardwork, according to the publication.

Courtney has interests in riding, travelling, pageants, and fitness. She is a successful dressage rider and a personal trainer with more than 42,000 followers on Instagram

Courtney has interests in riding, travelling, pageants, and fitness. She is a successful dressage rider and a personal trainer with more than 42,000 followers on Instagram

She has shared photos from her Valentine's Day trip to Greece as well as her extravagant Christmas ski trip in Gstaad (pictured)

Courtney in Geneva

She has shared photos from her Valentine’s Day trip to Greece as well as her Christmas ski trip in Gstaad (left) and Geneva (right) 

The Insta-influencer travelled to Italy in December to compete in WBFF Italy - a fitness and beauty pageant - where she came in second in the bikini contest

The Insta-influencer travelled to Italy in December to compete in WBFF Italy – a fitness and beauty pageant – where she came in second in the bikini contest

‘Mason had his own business growing watermelons and beans and doing quite well on his own,’ he told the Courier Mail.

‘Talk to people who know Mason. He is a very talented kid. He has worked extremely hard. 

‘Mason has been very fortunate and he has had some success and you can make a lot of money in this game and lose it very quickly as well unfortunately.’

He said his daughter Courtney is always working late while working on the packing bench.   

Guy has maintained that his business debts are his own fault, not his kids’. 

The Instagram personality shared a photo of her travels to Verona, Milan, and Venice in December

The Instagram personality shared a photo of her travels to Verona, Milan, and Venice in December

Courtney was director of Barbera Farms until July 2018. Above she is pictured sunbathing on a yacht

Courtney was director of Barbera Farms until July 2018. Above she is pictured sunbathing on a yacht 

  

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