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For us financially average folk, realizing that dream home is something that will most likely only happen with a lucky lottery win. However, those whom money is no object for can create their ideal abodes with ease, and the results are fascinating to see. Take a look at how the other half live with these snapshots of the homes of the richest people in the world.
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20. Bill Gates
Given that he’s worth an astounding $79.2 billion, Microsoft founder Bill Gates can certainly afford to live in an extravagant home. And his $63 million estate in Medina, Washington is just that, boasting as it does such impressive features as a 20-seat home theater, interchangeable screen-display artwork, and climate control that’s personalizable to each guest’s needs.
19. Carlos Slim Helu
Despite his net worth of $77.1 billion, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim prefers to live somewhat modestly. His six-bedroom home in the Lomas de Chapultepec district of Mexico City is, then, somewhat austere for someone with such incredible wealth, although it’s still pretty remarkable by anyone else’s standards.
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18. Dmitry Rybolovlev
Dmitry Rybolovlev is known as “the fertilizer king” for the way he amassed his $8.5 billion worth. In 2014, though, when Rybolovlev’s divorce battle got nasty, the Russian businessman went spending crazy in an attempt to stop his ex-wife from getting her hands on around half of that cash. One of his purchases was this $95 million mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, once owned by Donald Trump.
17. Larry Ellison
Not content with merely owning an island in Hawaii, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison also holds possession of a stunning 23-acre estate in Woodside, California that’s notable for its Japanese-inspired style and incredible seemingly “floating” buildings. The whole shebang is thought to be worth around $70 million; that’s eminently affordable for Ellison, though, considering his $50.6 billion net worth.
16. Michael Bloomberg
His success as a business mogul has earned Bloomberg LP CEO Michael Bloomberg an astonishing $35.5 billion fortune. Still, a mere $20 million of that bought Bloomberg the Ballyshear Estate in 2011. The 1910-constructed, Hamptons-located Georgian mansion sprawls across 22,000 square feet and includes such opulent features as a tennis court, pool and stables within its grounds.
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15. Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson’s $28.8 billion fortune was amassed through casino and resort development, so it’s perhaps no surprise that his huge mansion is situated in Las Vegas, Nevada. The impressive abode is thought to offer almost 45,000 square feet of living space, and there’s a tennis court and an enormous swimming pool around to boot.
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14. Ira Rennert
It’s fair to say that Ira Rennert has the extravagant digs to match his considerable $6.1 billion fortune. Along with its 62,000-square-foot mansion, the investment mogul’s Hamptons estate also features a 100-car garage, a bowling alley, a 164-seat theater, a basketball court and an approximately $150,000 hot tub. However, Rennert’s neighbors drew the line at his planning applications for a Pilates studio and a private museum. Well, you can’t have it all.
13. Mark Zuckerberg
In 2013 Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg bumped up his own privacy settings by purchasing the four houses closest to his Palo Alto, California pad – easy to do when you’re worth $39.4 billion. Zuckerberg’s actual home, though, is relatively modest, even if it does stretch to more than 5,000 square feet.
12. Warren Buffett
Super-investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett is worth $72.7 billion, but it’s fair to say that his unassuming Omaha, Nebraska home cost only a tiny fraction of that sum. Moreover, while the pad’s exact value is unknown, it’s worth noting that in 2013 one of Buffett’s neighbors put his own home on sale for ten shares in Berkshire Hathaway – and that roughly equaled $2.2 million in real money at the time.
11. Bernard Arnault
As chairman and CEO of the LVMH group – owner of some of the most luxurious brands in the world – it’s fitting that Bernard Arnault resides in a similarly opulent abode. Arnault’s waterfront mansion lies in the exquisite Côte d’Azur region of France, an area filled with the rich. Still, given he and his family’s $38.5 billion wealth, the French businessman doubtless fits right in.
10. Paul Allen
Next door to Palo Alto is California’s pricey Atherton district, the home of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. In fact, given his worldwide property portfolio, it’s actually just one area in which Allen dwells – a luxury he can more than afford with a fortune of $17.5 billion. Bought in 2013 and costing $27 million, this expansive mansion is thought to be his most recent real-estate purchase.
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9. François Pinault
Located in the exclusive Bel Air district of Los Angeles, California, this glass-walled home belongs to French businessman François Pinault. The striking abode was bought in 2013 from Vidal Sassoon’s widow Ronnie for $16.5 million – likely a snip for the Kering majority shareholder, as he and his family are worth an impressive $13.8 billion.
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8. Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal has earned a notable $13.5 billion fortune from the steel industry, but even the Indian national must have felt the pinch a little when he snapped up his $180 million London property in 2008. Situated in Kensington Palace Gardens, the awesome pad is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, the official home of British monarchs since 1837.
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7. Mukesh Ambani
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani’s astonishing 27-story abode is located in one of the dearest residential areas on the planet: Altamount Road in Mumbai, India. Incredibly, the place cost $1 billion to build, making it the costliest residence on Earth; even so, it would have only taken a small chunk out of Ambani’s $22.7 billion fortune.
6. Larry Page
Inevitably, Google co-founder Larry Page lives in the famously techie neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. And though Page bought an impressive $7 million mansion there in 2005, it seemingly wasn’t enough for the man worth $30.8 billion, as he has also now developed a second, eco-conscious property alongside it.
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5. Leonard Blavatnik
Russian-born Warner Music Group owner Leonard Blavatnik resides in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens. His pad there is thought to be worth in excess of $300 million, and it incorporates a gym, wine cellar and even a massage room among its features. Lavish, perhaps, but then Blavatnik is worth a cool $20.9 billion.
4. David Koch
Given his astonishing $42.9 billion net worth, Koch Industries co-owner David Koch can afford to have this Palm Beach, Florida mansion as a mere pied-à-terre. It’s just part of a remarkable property portfolio that also includes an 18-room apartment on New York City’s Park Avenue and a second, $23.2 million mansion in The Hamptons.
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3. Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – who’s worth $41.5 billion – divides his time between a Lake Washington house and this stunning Beverly Hills mansion. Said to be worth $24.25 million, the place boasts a guest house set in its own two acres, a tennis court and a swimming pool, not to mention Tom Cruise as a neighbor.
2. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja
Along with brothers Prakash and Ashok, Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja are worth a pretty penny, as the four Hinduja Group controllers boast a collective $14.2 billion fortune. Together the pair have sunk part of their share of that wealth into renovating their home near London’s St. James’s Park, and the awe-inspiring abode is now valued at over $500 million.
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1. Masayoshi Son
Purchased for a whopping $117.5 million, this Woodside, California house is believed to be owned by Japanese businessman Masayoshi Son. It was allegedly sold to the SoftBank CEO – worth $13.4 billion – in 2013 and at that time was the most expensive home on record ever to have been sold in the U.S.