5. Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA
US: $165 million
This luxurious home in Beverly Hills, CA, was built for famous newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst over a period of 28 years on land purchased by his father in the 1800’s. The spacious estate contains 6 separate residences with 29 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, 8 fireplaces, tennis courts, and night club. Spread over 6 acres in the famous Platinum Triangle neighborhood, the renowned abode was purchased in 1976 by Leonard Ross, a lawyer and investor looking for a new lifestyle. If you’re thinking of selling your home and moving to Beverly Hills your new neighbors will include having Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, as well as famous couples – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham.
4. Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons, New York, US
Situated on 63 gorgeous acres facing the Atlantic Ocean in Suffolk County, New York, this monumental home belonging to Ira Rennert, an American investor and businessman, is built on the largest residential compound in the United States. Featuring a total of 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, 5 tennis courts, a bowling alley, an extravagantly large dining room (91 feet long), and a $150,000 hot tub, the beachfront residence is completely private. Because of its size and grandeur, however, it is frequently mistaken for a luxurious hotel, spa, or religious retreat.
3. The Penthouse, London, UK
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At a cost of $6,000 per square foot, this stunning apartment in the famous Hyde Park neighborhood is the most expensively priced flat in the world. If Guarded with the latest top-level security systems, the technologically-advanced property features a panic room, bulletproof windows, an iris scanner, and a tunnel to the nearby Mandarin Hotel. With 24-hour maid and staff services, the communal spas, squash courts, and wine-tasting rooms offer luxurious entertainment around the clock. Selling a property like this attracts the richest of the rich and Russian oligarchs, Chinese businessman, Saudi sheiks and A list stars have all been interested in properties in this famous block.
2. Villa Leopolda, Cote d’Azur, France
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This exquisitely designed villa, built on a 29,000 square-foot plot in the expensive French Riviera, is famous for its open, manicured gardens and its glamorous swimming pools. Featuring 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, the residence accesses the most desirable beachfront in the south of France. Originally built for King Leopold II from Belgium and later purchased by the late Edmund Safra, it is now the home of Lily Safra, Edmund’s widow. It was featured in the 1948 movie, The Red Shoes. Rumors that it has been sold to American Bill Gates, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, or an undisclosed Russian tycoon have circulated in recent years.
1. Antilla, Mumbai, India
Known as Antilla, this striking modern structure features a total of 27 floors and a 40,000 square-foot tower. Owned by the CEO of the Mumbai-based Petrochemical Giant Reliance Industries and 5th richest man in the world – Muskesh Ambani – the building is 570 ft tall and has 400,000 square feet of interior space. Six floors are dedicated to parking Ambani’s extensive collection of at least 168 cars, and 9 elevators access well-appointed lounges and gyms on every floor. With these luxuries and space, Antilla may well hold the record of being the world’s most expensive house for a long time – especially given the difference between its cost and that of Villa Leopolda, the 2nd most expensive home in the world, located in Cote d’Azur, France.