Barack Obama 60th birthday bash: How much will it cost? Couples paid $35,800 for 50th
This year’s party will be held at his $11.75 million 30-acre oceanside mansion on Massachusetts island
Barack Obama is turning 60 on August 4. The former president will reportedly celebrate his special day with his family and a star-studded guest list while adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines. This year’s party will be held at his $11.75 million 30-acre oceanside mansion on Massachusetts island. Besides, those who will be attending the bash have been asked to provide a negative coronavirus test report ahead of the celebration.
An insider told The Hill, “It's going to be big.” Though the names of the guests have not been officially announced yet, a source said that famous personalities like Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney will be among the attendees.
What is the cost of Obama's 60th birthday celebration?
The cost of this year’s bash has not been out yet, but a decade ago when Obama completed five decades of his life, he invited a number of A-listers, including musicians Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder, actor Tom Hanks, comedian Chris Rock, Oprah Winfrey, and basketball legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill at the White House. In attendance were some politicians and his Chicago law school friends too.
Also, he held another party in Chicago and reportedly charged up to $35,800 per couple for tickets, which turned into a fundraising event for his re-election campaign. It has been said that the event was attended by singer and actress Jennifer Hudson. The former leader’s team was reportedly aiming for a public goal of $60 million combined.
On the other hand, the party at the White House was all about food, and music and dance performances that started with a barbecue feast of chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, and salad in the Rose Garden. Four kinds of pie -- apple, peach, huckleberry, and cherry -- were also on the menu. The feast ended with the former first lady Michelle along with her daughters Malia and Sasha giving Obama a cake and then sending the guests indoors for musical performances and a dance party.
But unlike 2011, the 2021 birthday bash will unfold at the 7,000-foot Martha's Vineyard mansion that boasts seven bedrooms. The regular vacation spot of the Obamas was purchased by Michelle for $11.75 million in 2019. The earlier owner of the 29 acres of beachfront property was Wyc Grousbeck.
The luxurious property also features a swimming pool, outdoor fire pit, and vaulted ceilings with two wings. It also comes with its own private beach, a boathouse, and plenty of extra land. In 2020, local paper MV Times stated that the former first family was renovating the place as per a public notice. The renovation included “the construction of an addition to an existing boathouse/gym, the enlargement of patios, the construction of a firepit, and related landscaping and site improvements.”
Besides, listing agent Tom Wallace earlier said of the mansion “It's a remarkable home on an absolutely gorgeous setting.”
“It certainly has the capacity to expand to more of a compound. One could build two additional full-size properties if one wanted to create a generational meeting place,” the article noted.