Billionaire WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Reportedly Spends $125 Million On Malibu House

By on September 8, 2019 in ArticlesCelebrity Homes

Former Universal Studios head Ron Meyer has found a buyer for his lavish $125 million Malibu mansion, The Dirt reports, and it's a familiar name to anyone with an interest in big-spending tech billionaires: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, continuing the billionaire's well-known penchant for buying up expensive real estate.

The mansion, which has been Meyer's home going all the way back to 1997, when he hired architect Charles Gwathmey to design the compound, is located above the famous strip of Malibu beach known as Paradise Cove. The property is worthy of its luxurious location, boasting a 14,000-square-foot main house accompanied by two much smaller but still comfortable guest residences. Guests to the main house are greeted in the large entrance hall by an impressive floating staircase, leading deeper into the house where a home theater and two-story library can also be found. Outside, the "perfectly rectangular" swimming pool is accessed by an outdoor terrace connected to the family room, while a tennis court and plenty of meticulously maintained grassy lawns also sit in the Malibu sun. And naturally, the property also sports convenient beach access via a long, twisty outdoor staircase.

Koum is reported to be the 'anonymous' buyer of the home via two anonymous sources, but it certainly fits in with his well known taste for upper-tier real estate. His buying spree began some five years ago, after the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp made him an overnight billionaire, and since then, he's bought up a host of properties to combine them into a massive, $100 million compound in Atherton, CA. He also spent $8.5 million on a separate property also in Atherton, a $5.5 million mansion in Hillsborough, CA, and even a warehouse in Burlingame, CA that he's using as a private garage for his famous collection of automobiles.

As for his most recent reported purchase, most of the videos of the property have been wiped from the web. But one still remains live on a Chinese video site. Hence the weird-looking video embed below. Totally safe to click and worth your time to see this incredible property:

Articles Written by Joseph Gibson
Joseph Gibson is a freelance writer currently based in Austin, TX. His main interests are movies, music, books, and other things you can watch, read, or listen to. Joseph's favorite billionaire is Paul McCartney.
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