Where Billionaires Live
We all know that billionaires live like nobody else – but exactly where they live is often beyond our imaginings too! So here’s our run down on the most fabulous billionaire residences!
Villa Leopolda, a 1920s French villa on the Riviera, has a rather scandalous history – it was originally build by King Leopold for his lover, Blanche Lacroix. It last sold for a billion Euros – so there may be a billionaire having a scandalous affair there as we speak…
Billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is known for acquiring luxury property – and his California estate is our favourite. Partly modelled after a Japanese emperor’s palace, it’s worth an estimated $70 million, and took nine years to design and build.
There’s only one property on this list that actually cost a billion to build – and it’s this skyscraper in Mumbai. Believe it or not, that’s all one house – 27 extra high stories, containing nine elevators, a ballroom with crystal chandeliers covering 80% of the ceiling, and 600 staff. I hope that there’s more than one cleaning lady…
Currently listed with Harrods Property (I pop in to browse, don’t you know…), Il Primo is the newest tower complex currently going up in Dubai. In walking distance of the opera (always good for emergency trips), it’s at the centre of many a billionaires favourite city.
Hearst Castle, built by publishing magnate William Hearst in the twenties, was once a Gatsby-esque mansion that played host to the most glamorous and powerful people of the day. With some of the most lavish décor on Earth (it’s inspired many Presents covers!), it’s now a US National Monument – but I’m sure there’s another billionaire somewhere intent on a seduction in one of its extravagant bedrooms…
Of course, no tycoon is completely happy until he’s got his own island–business magnates like to get away from it all, and private islands in the Bahamas go for up to $85 million – often with a mansion, mooring and boats included!
Royal billionaires really are the ultimate in wealth and power. Obviously, they tend to inherit rather than buy their houses–but if the Queen were to pack up and sell, she’d probably get about a billion dollars for it. Any takers?!
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