The lifestyle of the rich and famous is usually a frequent topic that will always leave you with a feeling of awe and wonder and lets you crave for more interesting facts and information. One fascinating fact is that billionaires are so glued to real estate that they also want to have the most expensive houses in the world. Let us take a look at why they are ultra wealthy.
Number one on the list is owned by Mukesh Ambani. His property is located at Mumbai, India with a construction cost of $1 billion. This is a skyscraper residence that measures 400,000 square feet with 27 floors. He named it “Antilia” after a mythical island in the Atlantic. This building has 6 underground parking levels with 3 helicopter pads and has a level for “health” purposes alone. With this size, it needs to employ 600 people to keep it in running condition.
Next is the Villa Leopolda located at Villefranche-sur-mer, France. In 2008, it was priced at $750 million. This is a 20-acre estate which was reportedly built by King Leopold II for his many mistresses. It is currently owned by Lily Safra.
Ira Rennert, an industrial billionaire from Sagaponack, New York ranks third. Fairfield values about $248 million. It has 29 bedrooms, 39 bath and three swimming pools with its own power plant inside the compound.
The steel magnate from U.K. is fourth. Lakshmi Mittal is from Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K. The purchase price in 2008 was at 117 million pounds ($222 million). He is believed to own 3 homes at Billionaires Row; the high security street in the U.K.
The fifth is owned by Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man and labeled the property as the world’s most expensive apartments. Located at One Hyde Park, London, U.K. It is a 25,000 square foot building with bullet proof glasses and has a 24 hour hotel concierge service. Sale price was at $221 million in 2011.
Larry Ellison occupied the sixth position. The Oracle founder had an estimated construction cost of about $200 million. This property is a 23-acre Japanese style estate built in 2004. It has 10 buildings, a tea house, a man made lake, a bath house and a koi pond which is located at Woodside, California.
Seventh is owned by Roman Abramovich, a Russian tycoon who also owns several huge London estates. One of his real estate properties is located at Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K. Within the property is a tennis court, a health center and an auto museum. The property had a purchase price of about $140 million in 2011.
Rank eighth is from Palm Beach, Florida. The Blossom Estate owned by Ken Griffin had nearly $130 million purchase price in December 2012. The hedge fund titan has a total of eight acres property on the ocean with three lots of tout houses.
Bill Gates ranked ninth. His property is in Seattle, Washington. He nicknamed it Xanadu 2.0 with a market value of $120.5 million. This is a high tech complex with a pool that has an underwater music system, a library with domed reading room and a 2,500 square foot gym.
The last to complete the list is from Woodside, California. It is owned by Japanese named Masayoshi Son. The purchase price in 2012 was $117.5 million. This is a 9,000 square foot neoclassical house with a 1,117 square food colonnaded pool house. It also has a detached library, a tennis court with formal gardens and a retreat building.
The list goes on but surely this top ten list will mesmerize you.
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