Top 10 Most Expensive Homes In The World
Many leading billionaires are taking great interest in real estate projects these days, which is evident from the multi-million estate deals, being signed frequently. The Forbes magazine has looked thoroughly into the property details of some of the richest people on earth and the billionaire home owned by them. These luxury homes are both beautiful and overwhelming due to its designs and facilities. Below is a list of Forbes top 10 most expensive homes in the world and their owners:
#10) Woodside Mountain Home Road, California ($117.5 million)
This gorgeous estate on the Mountain Home Road, Woodside, California is owned by the Japanese businessman and the CEO of Softbank and Softbank Mobile, Masayoshi Son. He is currently the chairman of Sprint Corporation and has been named as the second wealthiest man in Japan by Forbes. This neoclassical architectural style estate was designed by architect, Allan Greenberg and was created in 2005. It comprises of an enormous 9000 square foot main house, exotic gardens, pools, a retreat building, etc. Its cost of over $117.5 million makes it one of the most expensive houses in the world.
#9) Xanadu 2.0, Seattle, Washington ($120.5 million)
This 66,000 square-foot mansion is owned by Bill Gates, founder-CEO of Microsoft Corporations and the second richest man on earth. This mansion is situated in Medina, by a hill which faces Lake Washington, also known as the Bill Gates` House; Xanadu 2.0 occupies a prime position among the world’s most expensive home of the rich due to its amazing architecture and technological skills. The name is incited by the protagonist of the tale, “Citizen Kane”. Based on the Pacific Lodge Style, the mansion consists of a huge library, a gym, a 60-foot long swimming pool with underwater music facility and heated floors. The house is attached to a computer terminal that allows visitors to enjoy their favorite movies or television shows. It cost him about $120.5 million and took 7 years of completion.
#8) Blossom Estate, Palm Beach, Florida ($130 million)
The American hedge fund giant and founder-CEO of Citadel LLC, Kenneth Cordele Griffin, purchased the four adjacent plots of Blossom Estate at Palm Beach, Florida, engulfing a vast land of almost eight acres by the ocean. When he purchased it in December 2012, the whole venture cost him about $130million. Previously, the entire property was considered as a single estate. Three out of the four properties maintain a proper alignment as they are situated one after the other; however, the fourth one is landlocked and is located at the back of the extreme south oceanfront property.
#7) Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K. ($140 million)
The Russian business tycoon, the main owner of the investment company Millhouse LLC and most importantly owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich bought this mansion situated at the Billionaire`s Row in London. His neighbor includes the wealthiest man of Great Britain, Lakshmi Mittal, and an Indian businessman. This luxurious mansion in the Kensington Palace Garden cost him about $140 million. The house possesses some very beautiful extensive gardens and 15 bedrooms or more. Extension plans for it has been thought over, by the owner which will have the inclusion of tennis courts, health center and an auto museum to make space for Roman’s half a dozen Ferraris.
#6) Ellison Estate, Woodside, California (about $200 million)
Situated in Woodside, California, the 23 acre Ellison estate is one of the most unique homes on earth. It is built by the co-founder-CEO of Oracle Corporations, Lawrence Joseph or Larry Ellison, whose net worth is $43 billion. This estate resembles the mansion of a medieval Japanese feudal lord. It boasts about 10 buildings; a 2.3 acre man-made lake, a Koi pond, a bath house and even a tea house. This estate cost Ellison a record amount of about $200 million.
#5) One Hyde Park, London, U.K. ($221 million)
One Hyde Park, London is famous for the presence of the most expensive apartment in the world. This apartment is owned by Rinat Akhmetov, the richest man of Ukraine with a net worth of $5.2 billion. The entire house has got 82 apartments, out of which the most expensive one which belongs to Mr. Akhmetov is a 25,000 square feet Penthouse that cost him about $221 million. The most exciting features of the apartment are the bullet proof windows, panic rooms and iris scanners for security purposes apart from boasting a 24 hour room service, communal spas and squash courts.
#4) Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K. (about $222 million)
Kensington Palace Garden is one of the most expensive properties of the world, situated in west-central London. Three most expensive plots, 18-19 built in the Queen Anne style as well as the Neo-Georgian fashion, is owned by the Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. With a whooping net worth of 23.8 billion Euros, he is the wealthiest man of U.K. Mr. Mittal bought the house in 2008 from Noam Gottesman who is an Israeli born American financier for $222 million. It stretches over 14,736 square feet and has got 12 bedrooms. It was announced as the U.K’s costliest home.
#3) Fair Field, Sagaponack, New York ($248 million)
This beach front estate situated in Sagaponack, New York, is the dream home of the American investor Ira Leon Rennert. It is one of the largest occupied residential estates in the United States, covering an area of about 63 acres. The main building is about 66,000 square feet in area and has 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms along with two squash courts, a bowling alley, two tennis courts, an Italian façade and a basketball court. The estimated cost of this house is about $248 million.
#2) Villa Leopold, Villefranche-sur-mer, France ($750 million)
Located on the French Riviera, Villa Leopolda comes second in this list with a cost of a record $750 million. The plot consists of a series of houses built by the Belgian King Leopold II for his mistresses and boasts the best sea views in France. The estate also consists of well maintained lawns and swimming pools. The house consisting of 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms is currently owned by Lily Safra and has previously attracted business giants like Bill Gates, Gianni Agnelli and Mikhail Prokhorov.
#1) Antilia, Mumbai, India ($1 billion) – The Most Expensive Home In the World
The 27 storied, 40,000 square foot tower owned by the petrochemical giant, Reliance`s head, Mukesh Ambani (Richest Indian), occupies the first rank in this list with an estimated cost of more than $1 billion. The 570 foot tall skyscrapers boast a home theatre able to hold 50 persons along with a garden roof, a 6 floor car park for housing all the 168 luxury cars owned by the family and three helipads. In this luxury real estate, each floor is equipped with high speed elevators. The whole palatial home is managed by an army of dedicated staff with a total strength of more than 600. It has been rated as the most expensive celebrity home in the world.