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The Homes of Billionaires: Monster Mansions

The Homes of Billionaires: Monster Mansions

Net Worth: $2.7 Billion

  • Source of Wealth TV personality, Media proprietor,self-made
  • Nationality United States

About The Homes of Billionaires: Monster Mansions

Promised Land, Montecito, Calif.

Owner: Oprah Winfrey, worth $2.7 billion

Purchase Price: $50 million in 2001

The media queen’s 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style manse sits on more than 40 acres, boasting a tea house, more than 600 rose bushes and an upscale outhouse.

Silicon Valley Mansion, Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Owner: Yuri Milner, worth $1 billion

Purchase Price: $100 million in March

Bought as a secondary home, the Facebook investor broke records with the recent purchase of a French chateaux-inspired limestone abode that touts indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom and second-floor living areas that gaze out on San Francisco Bay.

The Vanderbilt Mansion, New York, N.Y.

Seller: Sloan Lindemann Barnett, daughter of former billionaire George Lindemann

Pending Buyer: Libet Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson family fortune

Pending Price: $48 million

In the largest Manhattan home sale since Lehmann Brothers folded in 2008, Johnson is scooping up the five-story, 12,100-square-foot townhouse belonging to fellow heiress and friend Lindemann Barnett.

Fair Field Estate, Sagaponack, N.Y.

Owner: Ira Rennert, worth $5.2 billion

Property value: $200 million, according to tax assessments

The industrial billionaire’s hulking 29-bedroom, 39-bath Hamptons compound has not one, but three swimming pools, plus its own power plant on premises.

Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Owner: Larry Ellison, Net worth $39.5 billion

Purchased from former billionaire Edra Blixseth

Purchase Price: $42.9 million

The world’s fifth-richest man has spent hundreds of millions on homes, including the recent purchase of a 240-acre estate boasting a private golf course, resort-style pool and amphitheater.

Maison de L’Amitie, Palm Beach, Florida

Owner: Dmitry Rybolovlev, worth $9.5 billion

List Price: $125 million Final Purchase Price: $95 million

The sprawling oceanfront 60,000-square foot compound, bought from Donald Trump in 2008, includes diamond and gold fixtures and a nearly 50 car garage.

Crown Lane, Greenwich, Conn.

Owner: Steven Cohen, worth $8 billion

Bought in 1998 for $14.8 million

The hedge fund mogul’s massive 35,000-square-foot mansion includes a basketball court, indoor pool, ice skating rink and nearly $750 million worth of artwork displayed throughout.

Further Lane de Menil estate,East Hampton,N.Y.

Owner: Ron Baron, worth $1.4 billion

Purchase Price: $103 million for land

The investment guru snapped up 40 acres of empty oceanfront Hamptons property during the market’s height with the intention of constructing his own home.

Penthouse of Trump Tower, New York, N.Y.

Owner: Donald Trump, worth $2.7 billion

Estimated Property Value: $50 million

With more than 30,000 square feet of bronze-, gold- and marble-bedecked space, the Donald occupies the top three floors of his namesake high-rise, considered one of the most expensive apartments in New York City.

Xanadu 2.0, Medina, Wash.

Owner: Bill Gates, worth $56 billion

Home Value: $121 million, according to tax assessments

The high-tech Lake Washington complex owned by the world’s second-richest man boasts a pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500- square foot gym and a library with domed reading room.

Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Owner: Stephen Schwarzman, worth $5.9 billion

Purchase Price: $30 million in 2001

The triplex apartment once owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. has 35 rooms, including a screening room, billiards room, gym, steam room and sauna.

The Castle, Austin, Texas

Owner: Michael Dell, worth $14.6 billion

Built in 1997

Looking out on Lake Austin, the computer czar’s granite and stainless steel abode, with its indoor pool and gym, sits behind high walls and touts tight security.

Source: Forbes Magazine