10 of the World's Most Expensive Homes

By on December 15, 2014 in ArticlesCelebrity Homes

Recently, we've taken a look at Bill Gates' insane Washington mansion Xanadu 2.0, and Mukesh Ambani's 27-story, 400,000 square foot skyscraper "Antilia". However, the world is full of very wealthy people with some pretty crazy-priced homes. Consider that the gym in Bill Gates house is bigger than most people's homes and costs more than an entire block of homes in your typical American suburb. That doesn't even come close to the reported $1 billion cost of Ambani's house. And those are just two of the many lavish homes of the world's billionaires. Below we've assembled a handful of some of the most luxurious estates. These are the types of properties where the taxes alone on the land are exponentially more than the median American income. However, we can dream, right?

Villa Leopolda

Villefranche-sur-mer, France

Owner: Lily Safra (Net Worth: $1.2 billion)

Property value: $750 million

In the 19th century, Belgium's King Leopold II, reportedly build a bunch of waterside homes for his many mistresses. This 30-acre estate is part of the mistresses "cottages." Villa Leopolda is the second most expensive house in the world. Its owner, Lily Safra, is a Brazilian philanthropist and socialite who acquired her considerable net worth through her four marriages.

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Fair Field

Sagaponack, New York

Owner: Ira Rennert (Net Worth: $6.5 billion)

Property value: $248 million

This estate in the Hamptons has 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, and three swimming pools. It also has its own on site power plant. It is owned by investor and businessman Ira Rennert who made his fortune using junk bonds to finance his acquisitions of bankrupt companies.

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Kensington Palace Gardens

London, England

Owner: Lakshmi Mittal (Net Worth: $16.5 billion)

Property value: $222 million

Indian steel magnate and billionaire Lakshmi Mittal owns three homes on the very high security street known as Billionaires Row. This home was purchased for Mittal's son.

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One Hyde Park

London, England

Owner: Rinat Ahkmetov (Net Worth: $16 billion)

Property value: $221 million

The world's most expensive apartment was bought by the richest man in the Ukraine. Located in the uber posh Knightsbridge, the apartment is 25,000 square feet and features bulletproof glass. Its owner, Rinat Ahkmetov has been rumored to be involved in organized crime.

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Ellison Estate

Woodside, California

Owner: Larry Ellison (Net Worth: $43 billion)

Property Value: estimated $200 million to build.

The Oracle founder's home is a 23-acre Japanese style estate that he built in 2004. It features 10 buildings, a teahouse, a bathhouse, a man made lake, and a koi pond. Currently, the property alone is assessed at just over $70 million.

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Kensington Palace Gardens

London, England

Owner: Roman Abramovich (Net Worth: $10.2 billion)

Property value: $140 million

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich owns several enormous estates in London, including this Billionaires Row mansion. His plans for the property include a below ground extension for a tennis court, health center, and auto museum. This is far from Abramovich's only deluxe property. He also owns a chateau on the French Riviera, and in 2009, spent $90 million on a 70-acre estate on St. Bart's.

Blossom Estate

Palm Beach, Florida

Owner: Ken Griffin (Net Worth: $4.1 billion)

Purchase value: $130 million

Ken Griffin is a hedge fund manager who purchased four side-by-side properties right on the ocean in Palm Beach. The eight-acre estate features three homes, the fourth was torn down.

Mountain Home Road

Woodside, California

Owner: reportedly Masayoshi Son (New Worth: $8.6 billion)

Purchase value: $117.5 million

Masayoshi Son is a Japanese businessman who is the founder and CEO of SoftBank, CEO of SoftBank Mobile, and chairman of Sprint. His home is a 9,000 square foot neoclassical house that has a 1,100 square foot pool house, detached library, swimming pool, tennis court, and, of course, formal gardens.

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Further Lane de Menil

East Hampton, New York

Owner: Ron Baron (Net Worth: $1.5 billion)

Purchase value: $103 million

Investment manager titan Ron Baron bought 50+ acres of undeveloped oceanfront land in the Hamptons during the height of the market in 2007. It was is intention to construct a home on the property, however, as of today, the land still sits undeveloped.

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Silicon Valley Mansion

Los Altos Hills, California

Owner: Yuri Milner (Net Worth: $1.1 billion)

Purchase value: $100 million

Facebook investor Yuri Milner bought this grand estate as a second home. The French chateau inspired house has indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom, and panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay.

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Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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