Hundreds of Australia’s top executives arrived in style at The Palladium at Crown, Melbourne ready to celebrate yet another exceptional year in business.

After entering the magical venue for The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards, guests graced the red carpet in flowing floor-length gowns, bold suits complete with matching bowties, and sparkling dresses.

Hancock Prospecting's Gina Rinehart, Salesforce's Pip Marlow and Olympic swimmer Mack Horton were among the inspiring business leaders and famous faces capturing the glamorous evening against the media wall before meandering into the Gatsby-style cocktail room.

Ready for an evening of prestigious awards and jollification, many ogled the sleek Maserati Levante prominently positioned in the centre of the venue.

Lounge tunes performed by DJ Emma Peters made for a laidback atmosphere as guests mingled among fellow industry leaders and conversed with some of the impressive guest judges, including 2018’s CEO of the Year Mark Nielsen, with a refreshing flute of Moët & Chandon Champagne or The Dalmore Old Fashioned in hand.

Others joined the silent auction where a A$12,000 bottle of The Dalmore 35YO was up for bidding, its proceeds going directly to Children’s Cancer Institute.

Guests soon began trickling into Australia’s premier ballroom, home of the iconic Brownlow Medal Awards, where they were greeted with extravagant seven-metre high ceilings, a Maserati on either side of the stage and tables flowing with fresh floral arrangements and hints of gold.

With 76 finalists across 22 categories for 2019, the wait was almost over for who would take out the golden title of CEO of the Year.

Here are some of the best red carpet arrival moments for the eighth annual Executive of the Year Awards: