The rich are only getting richer, and they have the important estate to prove it.
For the world’s super-wealthy — not your Angelina Jolies and George Clooneys but your billionaire CEOs and various magnates who are way wealthier than those peons — the worth tag for an appropriate home goes all the thanks to $1 billion.
Some uber-rich buyers, like Brazilian-born philanthropist Lily Safra, buy historic estates and add a couple of personal touches, like their own helipad. But many build a custom palace from the bottom up.
Bill Gates spent seven years and a couple of million dollars on his ultra-nerdy Xanadu 2.0 compound overlooking Lake Washington, and his personal seal is on everything from the high-definition monitors with changing art to the high-tech underwater audio system in his pool.
Investor Ira Rennert’s neighbors within the Hamptons weren’t too happy when he decided to create a $245 million, 110,000-square-foot manse, but he got his bowling alley and private power station all an equivalent.
Here are 10 extravagant homes with owners who really understand luxury.
The $135 million Beverly House, Beverly Hills, California
Beverly House, located three blocks from Sunset Boulevard, is currently on the marketplace for $135 million. In the meantime, renters pay $600,000 per month to urge play of the lux property. It sits on six flat acres of land and includes a slew of smaller homes additionally to the Italian- and Spanish-style, H-shaped main house.
That space features a 50-foot entry hall, intricately carved ceilings, an outsized library, wrap-around balcony, billiard saloon, recreation room with an outer terrace which will seat 400 people, an art-deco night club, cellar, two projection rooms, and spa facilities.
It was designed by architect Gordan Kaufmann and built by banking executive Milton Getz. In 1946, publishing mogul and “Citizen Kane” inspiration William Randolph Hearst moved in and stayed until his death in 1951. Since then, the house has become famous for its roles in films like “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard.”
The $102 million Fleur de Lys Mansion, l. a.
This past March, the Fleur de Lys Mansion sold for $102 million, making it the highest-priced home sale so far in l. a. County. it had been first listed in 2007 when original owners David and Suzanne Saperstein finished renovating the manse, divorced and removed.
the present owner, who paid entirely in cash and has chosen to stay anonymous, is rumored to be former high-yield bond king Michael Milken, consistent with the L.A. Times.
The 12-bedroom, 15-bathroom home, which was modeled after the French castle Vaux le Vicomte when it had been inbuilt in 2002, has a 3,000-square-foot cellar with a tasting room, two-story library, commercial kitchen, cutlery room, and spacious ballroom.
The property also features a pool, spa, and tennis courts. it had been used for the film “The Green Hornet,” the ABC TV series “Big Shots” and therefore the 2008 Audi Super Bowl commercials.
The $750 million Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-mer, France
When Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov attempted to shop for Villa Leopolda in 2008, it had been valued at a whopping €500 million — adequate to about $750 million at the time. it had been inbuilt 1902 by Belgium’s King Leopold II, who gave it as a present to at least one of his mistresses.
Lebanese banker Edmond Safra bought the estate in 1988 and left it to his widow Lily Safra when he died in an arsonist’s fire in 1999. She’s the present owner.
The 11-bedroom, the 14-bathroom villa sits on 50 acres. It features a billboard greenhouse, outdoor kitchen, pool, and helipad. it had been used for famous films like “The Red Shoes” and “To Catch a Thief.”