This venture capitalist and philanthropist spares no expense when it comes to entertaining her Silicon Valley friends.
Jillian Manus’ extravagant parties at her Atherton, California, estate have featured elephants, camels, a recreation of Woodstock, a replica of the San Francisco Bridge, and even a San Francisco Symphony concert.
Business Insider spoke to the hostess about what it takes to throw the lavish parties that people have paid up to $3,000 to attend.
What’s a party without a camel? Venture capitalist Jillian Manus is known for sparing no expense when entertaining. In 2012 a camel was a guest in her yearly Valentine’s Day bash
The early-stage seed investor supervises every detail of the extravagant events. She is pictured at her home with decorations that she designed and were made from plastic cups
Manus hangs from a replica of the San Francisco Bridge that she had built in the backyard of her Atherton estate in 2016
‘I never just throw a party. I am knee-deep. I roll up my sleeves,’ said, Manus, who underwrites the cost of hosting the parties and donates all of the ticket sales to charity.
She says the more fun people have, the more money they will be willing to spend.
Activities such as drinking martinis from an IV pump and listening a Bill Clinton impersonator play the saxophone are some of the ways Manus keeps her guests entertained.
Manus is an early-stage seed investor and used to be married to early Tesla investor Alan Salzman. The then-couple began throwing the events in 2006.
Manus refuses to disclose the names of those who have enjoyed her events, but big wigs like former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (pictured), former California first lady Maria Shriver and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. have all attended her parties
For the ‘Channeling Love’ party in 2011 guests were transported to iconic TV shows such as the Gilligan’s Island
In 2012’s ‘Love Is a Work of Art’, guests were supposed to ‘step into art’. The party featured a 12-foot ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David ‘that peed lemon drop martini.’
‘This beautiful creature was my date one evening. Long story! Yes.. I adore all elephants,’ Manus captioned this photo
For more than a decade she has hosted hundreds of guests that include tech entrepreneurs, celebrities and politicians looking for a good time.
Manus refused to disclose the names of those who have enjoyed her events, but big wigs like former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, former California first lady Maria Shriver and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. have all attended the parties.
Recently Manus threat a Valentine’s Day bash at her San Francisco apartment to raise money for Safe & Sound, a child advocacy group that works to prevent child abuse.
The ‘Channeling Love’ featured a Partridge Family cover band and Addams Family and and Archie Bunker impersonators
At the Woodstock-themed party where attendees got stoned and ate all the food available – a first for Manu’s parties
An expensive night for everyone involved: Tickets for the lavish parties can go for as much as $3,000
The cause is important for the wealthy investor because she was abused as a child herself, she told Business Insider.
The Valentine’s Day party, which raised $100,000, was family-themed and every table at the event had a theme about a different famous family.
The Trumps table was decorated with ‘border patrol’, ‘dump Trump’, and of course, ‘Make America Great Again’ hats. Guests also had a chance of trying on wigs that resembled the president’s famous hair.
Aside from the replica of the San Francisco Bridge, the Big Game Give fundraiser in 2016 included a pool and a sand castle
Manus is an early-stage seed investor and used to be married to early Tesla investor Alan Salzman. The then-couple began throwing the events in 2006
Guests got to mingle with Addams Family impersonators at the the ‘Channeling Love’ party
Manus says that aside from raising money for good causes, her goal is that strangers become friends and ‘make an impact’
Other party themes Manus has used include ‘Channeling Love’, where guests were transported to iconic TV shows, ‘Love Is a Work of Art’, which was all about ‘stepping into art’ and Woodstock, where attendees got stoned and ate all the food available – a first for Manu’s parties.
The ‘Channeling Love’ featured a Partridge Family cover band and Addams Family and and Archie Bunker impersonators. The sold-out event raised nearly $1million for the Stanford Cancer Center.
The ‘Love Is a Work of Art’ featured a 12-foot ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David ‘that peed lemon drop martinis’.
Besides raising whopping sums for good causes, Manus says her goal is to make strangers become friends and ‘make an impact’.