Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias had a big birthday this past weekend, and he reportedly celebrated it with a performance by a big guest: Justin Timberlake.
Multiple sources have told the Observer that the singer performed at a 50th birthday party that had a guest list studded with big names in Charlotte business as well as players from the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued a noise permit for Friday and Saturday at the address for Elias’ south Charlotte home, records show.
Neither Elias nor Red Ventures representatives returned calls seeking comment. A representative for Timberlake did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
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In a tweet Monday, Elias thanked everyone for their birthday wishes and said he had a great time with friends and family.
Red Ventures is the marketing and technology firm that broke ground in 2015 on a project to double the size of its Indian Land, S.C., campus.
Elias made news in 2016 when he said the company would “seriously reconsider” adding planned jobs in North Carolina after the state passed House Bill 2, the law limiting protections for LGBT people that has since been repealed. He’s also known for creating a scholarship program to help high-performing undocumented immigrant students nationwide get money for college.
Timberlake, an acclaimed singer-songwriter who has also acted in movies such as “The Social Network,” is one of the priciest performers to book for a private event, according to published reports.
In 2013, Timberlake reportedly received an estimated $1.3 million for a 10th wedding anniversary performance for Jill Bikoff, the wife of Smartwater and Vitaminwater founder J. Darius Bikoff, according to the celebrity news site Page Six. A report in 2014, based on information from booking agency Degy Entertainment, also said Timberlake commands more than $1 million per performance.