The Homes Of Billionaires

Carlos Slim Helú

New York

Net Worth: $53.5 billion

Forbes Rank: 1

According to public records, the tycoon has shelled out a cool $44 million to buy the Duke-Semans mansion, a beaux-arts townhouse directly across from the Met. This enormous is the most paid for any New York home in nearly two years.

Located in the corner of Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, on New York’s vaunted “Museum Mile”, the mansion had an asking price of $50 million and is sure to make a perfect abode for any wealthy tycoon. The mansion was sold to the tycoon by its previous owner Tamir Sapir, who made a cool 10% profit from this sale.

Bill Gates

Medina, Wash.

Net Worth: $53 billion

Forbes Rank: 2

Gates’ 66,000-square-foot compound is built into a hillside on the edge of Lake Washington, near Seattle. Its enviable amenities include: a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500-square-foot gym and a 1,000-square-foot dining room, which seats 24. For a personal touch, out-of-shape visitors can skip the 84-step hike to the ground floor and opt for an elevator ride instead.

Warren Buffett

Omaha, Neb.

Net Worth: $47 billion

Forbes Rank: 3

The world’s third-richest man still resides in the 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom gray stucco home he bought in 1958 for $31,500. The home has everything the 80-year-old needs, including his very own handball court that he uses to keep fit. An intruder armed with a fake gun tried to break into the modest, ungated property in 2007 but wasultimately thwarted by security.

Mukesh Ambani

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Net Worth: $29 billion

Forbes Rank: 4

Mukesh Ambani recently moved into his 173m height, 27-storey Mumbai family home ,worth an estimated  £ 630 million.The building is named after a mythical island  “Antilia”. It contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges ,a 50-seater cinema,The roof has three helicopter pads and there is space in underground parking for 160 cars.

Lakshmi Mittal

London, England

Net Worth: $28.7 billion

Forbes Rank: 5

In 2004 Mittal paid $128 million for his 12-bedroom townhouse in London’s luxe Kensington district. Mittal’s mansion, tucked between Kensington Palace and the Sultan of Brunei’s spread, has an indoor pool, Turkish baths and garage space for 20 cars. The super-home is also embellished with marble taken from the same quarry that supplied the Taj Mahal.

Larry Ellison

Woodside, Calif.

Net Worth: $28 billion

Forbes Rank: 6

Over the last few years the Oracle co-founder has dropped $200 million by some estimates on near a dozen properties in Malibu to create a custom compound. His 23-acre estate in Woodside, pictured here, is inspired by the Japanese city of Kyoto and is reminiscent of a 16th-century imperial Japanese palace. It reportedly cost upward of $200 million to build.

Michael Dell

Austin, Texas

Net Worth: $13.5 billion

Rank: 37

Built in 1997, Dell’s 33,000-square-foot hilltop manse sits on a 20-acre spread close to where he founded his eponymous computer company. The eight-bedroom house equipped with a conference room and both indoor and outdoor pools is known locally as “the castle” thanks to its high walls and tight security.

Steve Jobs

Woodside, Calif.

Net Worth: $5.5 billion

Rank: 136

The tech superstar owns Jackling House, a 30-room historic-though-dilapidated Spanish Colonial home set on six acres. Jobs has tried to demolish the 17,000 square-foot mansion for many years in order to build smaller, newer digs, but Woodside residents have fought hard to keep the original structure intact. No matter. Word is Jobs and his family haven’t lived in the house for years.

Ralph Lauren

Montauk, N.Y.

Net Worth: $4.6 billion

Rank: 173

America’s original fashion mogul bought this stone and wood beach house situated on 5.5 acres in 1981. The rustic, cozy home, which boasts a clay tennis court, once belonged to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

George Lucas

Marin County, Calif.

Net Worth: $3 billion

Rank: 316

The acclaimed Star Wars filmmaker lives and works on his famed Skywalker Ranch. The 5,156-acre spread, which has its own fire brigade, houses Skywalker Sound, Lucas’ post-production company (Cast Away, Million Dollar Baby), as well as five acres of olive trees and a herd of longhorn cattle. Lucas displays his Hollywood memorabilia–the Holy Grail from Indiana Jones, Charlie Chaplin’s cane–inside the 50,000-square-foot main house.

Steven Spielberg

East Hampton, N.Y.

Net Worth: $3 billion

Rank: 316

Called Quelle Farm, Spielberg’s 12-acre summer retreat sits on Georgica Pond, the A-lister playground of Ron Perelman and Calvin Klein. The Hollywood kingpin and his wife play host to a retinue of top stars and their families each summer, including the Clintons and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Oprah Winfrey

Montecito, Calif.

Net Worth: $2.4 billion

Rank: 400

The self-made media mogul paid $50 million in 2001 for the 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style home she calls the “Promised Land.” Although renovations were underway when she purchased the estate, Oprah simply altered the plans to ensure they matched her style. With the chaos of construction behind her, she now enjoys the home’s mountain and ocean views in peace.

Donald Trump

New York, N.Y.

Net Worth: $2 billion

Forbes Rank: 488

The blustery real-estate-magnate-turned-reality-TV-star may have the Billionaires Club’s shortest commute: he lives in the 32,000-square-foot triplex penthouse of his Trump Tower office building. The monument to marble and gold was renovated after Trump’s third wife, Melania, gave birth to his fifth son, Barron. The tyke’s room has a décor inspired by Louis XIV.

Lev Leviev

London, England

Net Worth: $1.5 billion

Rank: 655

In 2008 the world’s largest diamond cutter decamped from Israel to the posh North London suburb of Hampstead. Leviev’s $65 million home, called the Palladio, is an extravagant 17,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom estate replete with an in-house nightclub and a gold-plated indoor pool.

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