When you have a lot of money, you’ll definitely want to spend it on a house you can comfortably live in. Naturally, a lot of people equate comfort with size which is why giant, gaudy McMansions have become popular with the rich.
But today we’re not just talking about the rich. We’re talking about the ultra, super, spend-your-money-on-gold-plated-toilets rich – and these are their homes.
10. Hala Ranch, Aspen, Colorado
Size: 56,000 square feet
Owner: Hedge fund manager John Paulson, previously Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Price: $135 million
Features: 15 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms, reflection pools, sculpture gardens, fishing ponds, its own car wash, gas pumps, mechanic shop, heated horse stables, racquetball court, cross-country skiing trails, and its own sewer treatment plant.
9. The Manor, Los Angeles, California
Size: 56,500 square feet
Owner: Petra Ecclestone-Stunt, the billionaire daughter of Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone
Price: $150 million
Features: 7 bedrooms, grand double staircase similar to the one on Gone with the Wind
8. Maison de L’Amitie, Palm Beach, Florida
Size: 60,000 square feet
Owner: Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire, previously Donald Trump
Price: $95 million
Features: Gold and diamond fixtures in each part of the house
7. Xanadu 2.0, Medina, Washington
Size: 66,000 square feet
Owner: Bill Gates
Price: $123.54 million
Features: Tech friendly (guests are given pins that can adjust the lighting and temperature), built into its natural surroundings and uses tree canopies to reduce heat and cooling usage, man-made river with sand from the Caribbean, 2,100 square-foot library.
6. The Pensmore Mansion, Ozark Mountains of Highlandville, Missouri
Size:72,000 square feet
Owner: Steve Huff, entrepreneur and engineer
Features: Made with highly durable, sustainable, safe, and energy efficient material that can withstand nearly all man-made and natural disasters.
5. La Reverie, Palm Beach, Florida
Size: 84,626 square feet
Owner: Sydell Miller, co-founder of Matrix Essentials hair products company
Features: The largest home in Palm Beach Country, Florida. Used as a living space and a venue for charity balls and concerts.
4. Versailles, Windemere, Florida
Size: 90,000 square feet
Owner: David Siegel, the CEO of Westgate Resorts
Features: Still under construction. It has two movie theaters, an 8,000 square-foot master suite, 30 bathrooms, 15 bedrooms, 11 kitchens, 6 pools, and a 30-car underground garage.
3. Fairfield Pond, Hamptons
Size: 110,000 square feet
Owner: Ira Rennert, American investor and junk bond businessman
Price: $170 million
Features: The house is 66,000 square feet with 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a formal dining hall, basketball court, bowling alley, two tennis courts, two squash courts, and a hot tub worth $150,000.
2. Antilla, Mumbai, India
Size: 400,000 square feet
Owner: Mukesh Ambani, head of India-based petrochemical giant Reliance Industries and fifth richest man in the world
Price: $2 billion
Features: 550 feet high, 27 stories, with floors for different functions. 6 stories of parking lots; a living area with 9 elevators and several lounges; a ballroom with crystal chandeliers, LCD monitors, an entertainment stage, and embedded speakers; a bar area; swimming pool; yoga studio; ice room; 4-story open garden; wine room; movie theater; and the sleeping quarters of the family of 5.
1. Istana Nurul Iman Palace (The Palace of the Faith Light), Brunei
Size: 2.15 million square feet
Owner: Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah
Price: $1.4 billion
Features: 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, 5 swimming pooks, a 110-car agarage, air conditioned stables for 200 polo ponies, a banquet hall, a mosque that can accomodate 1,500 people.
Designer: Leandro V. Locsin from Ayala International