Discover the top ten most expensive houses, incredible palaces, mansions and gigantic residences which belong to the richest people from around the world.
If you were very, very rich, what would you invest in? Some people like to buy cars, others spend money on electronics, many have parties, and others, on the other hand, have the power to invest in all this and buy or build the most expensive and luxurious houses in the world.
All these buildings, have an endless number of rooms, bathrooms and some feature a few eccentric rooms, such as tea houses and 6 floor garages!
1 – Antilla, Mumbai – India.
Antilla is a private home in South Mumbai. It is owned by Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries whom is the richest man in India and the 9th in the world.
The name Antilla has been inspired by the mythical Atlantic island of Antillia. 600 staff maintain the 570 feet tall building distributed over 27 floors. In November 2014, it was deemed to be the world’s most expensive residential property valued at $1 billion US dollars. That`s more than Buckingham Palace`s worth.
2 -Villa Leopolda, France.
Villa Leopolda is named after King Leopold II of Belgium, the King gifted this estate to his mistress Blanche Zelia Josephine Delacroix, though she is more commonly referred to as Caroline Lacroix.
This impressive residences is located on the Cote D’Azure on the French Riviera and is valued at $ 750 million. It currently belongs to the Brazilian Lily Safra.
In 2008 after Edmond Safra passed away , Lily attempted to sell the home. The buyer was said to be Russian billionaire Mikhail Porkhorov, after making a ten per cent down-payment, he then backed out of the sale after the global crises hit. But a court in Nice later ruled that he had to forfeit the $75 million deposit he put down for the mansion. Safra used his purchase deposit to make several substantial charitable donations.
The home consists of 19 bedrooms, each with its own elaborate and sprawling private bathroom and outdoor terrace. The home features a bowling alley, several dining rooms and even a number of kitchens as well as a private movie theater.
The house has more than 80,000-square feet of excessive luxury, the entire estate is created with exterior staircases, sport courts, an excessively sized swimming pool and requires more than 50 gardeners for the daily work.
3. Fair field Pond, New York, US.
At number three on our list of most expensive houses is the fabulous Fair Field Pond which belongs to Ira Rennert, owner of the Renco group, a holding company with investments in car manufacturing and foundry.
The house faces the Atlantic Ocean and its grounds measure around 63 acres. The buildings, which total over 110,000 square feet, include the 66,000-square-foot main house, an Italianate facade, 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms.
This luxury property is considered one of the largest occupied residential compounds in America. In 2012 the house was valued at $248 million US dollars.
4. Kensington Palace Gardens, London, England.
This 12-room mansion has parking for 20 cars and belongs to one of the richest men in the world, Lakshmi Mittal, a steel magnate owner of Arcelor Mittal.
This stunning palace was bought in 2008 for $222 million and the neighbors are Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton.
5. One Hyde Park, London, England.
Located at One Hyde Park in London, this Penthouse is the most expensive apartment in the world. It is a duplex with 6 bedrooms and stunning panoramic views of the city.
It was bought by the richest man in Ukraine, Rinat Akhmetov for $221 million in 2011. To ensure security, the apartment’s windows are fitted with bullet-proof glass.
6. Ellison Estate, California, US.
Estimated at US $ 200 million, this house has a Japanese style with carp lake, tea house and bath house. The owner is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation Larry Ellison, the third richest man in the world in 2013, according to Forbes.
7. Kensington Palace Gardens, London, England.
This property belongs to Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire who is the owner of the English football club Chelsea. This mansion was bought in 2011 for 110 million US dollars. Since the purchase he plans to build a subterranean extension that includes a health center,a car museum and a tennis court.
8. Blossom Estate, Palm Beach, FL, USA.
This luxury home belongs to Ken Griffin, President and CEO of Citadel Investment Group. He also bought 4 side-by-side properties totaling 8 acres on the oceanfront. The total purchase price in December 2012 was nearly $130 million.
9. Hearst Castle, California, United States.
This 27-room castle was featured in the movie The Godfather and The Bodyguard. It Has seen such illustrious guests such as John and Jackie Kennedy, Clark Gable and Winston Churchill.
It was back on the market in 2014 for $135 million, the highest-priced residence for sale in California, according to its listing agency. It was built by the first American press magnate William Randolph Hearst. Today it serves as a heritage and tourist site.
10. Xanadu 2.0 Seattle, Washington, US.
This expensive house is owned by Bill Gates and according to the King County public assessor’s office, the property is worth $123.54 million US dollars as of this year.
Gates purchased the property for $2 million in 1988 and has invested $63 million over the past seven years improving the house to his liking. Gates named the house “Xanadu 2.0” after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane, the title character of “Citizen Kane.”
At 66,000 square feet, the home is absolutely massive, and it’s loaded to the brim with high-tech details.
Xanadu 2.0 is an “earth-sheltered” house, meaning that it’s built into its surroundings to regulate temperature more efficiently. When guests arrive, they’re given a pin that interacts with sensors located all over the house so the guests enter their temperature and lighting preferences so that the settings change as they move throughout the home. Speakers hidden behind wallpaper allow music to follow you from room to room.
The exercise facilities total 2,500 square feet and also include a sauna, steam room, and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms.
The trampoline room is just insane with a 20-foot ceiling.
Situated around the house are $80,000 worth of computer screens. Anyone can make the screens display their favorite paintings or photographs, which are stored on devices worth $150,000.
The 2,100-square-foot library has a dome roof and two secret bookcases, including one that reveals a hidden bar. On the ceiling you’ll find a quote from “The Great Gatsby” that reads: “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.”
The library is also home to the Codex Leicester, a 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at auction for $30.8 million in 1994.