An Englishman’s home is his castle and for some their home really is a castle. But these days moats and crenulations aren’t as much in vogue. To find out what type of pad the discerning billionaire of today likes to live in, check out our list of the ten most expensive abodes on the planet.
10. 17 Phillimore Gardens, London – £89,000,000
Formerly a prep school, this ten bedroom abode was converted to a luxury mansion. Features include an underground swimming pool, sauna, gym, cinema and of course a panic room. Reportedly the interior is awash with gold, marble and priceless works of art. Its owner is Olena Pinchuk, daughter to Leonid Kuchma, the Ukraine’s second president. Incidentally, Olena is also bessies with Elton John. One can only wonder at the flowers bill.
9. 16 Kensington Palace Gardens, London – £97,250,000
Home to Russian oligarch and billionaire Roman Abramovich, Kensington Palace Gardens is to undergo extensive refurbishments. Roman described the existing swimming pool as a ‘miserable place’ when he submitted his application for planning permission. In its place will be a subterranean pool modelled after Victorian sewer construction. In addition, the de rigueur tennis court and car museum will also be built. I buy it!
8. Seven the Pinnacle, Big Sky, Montana – £107,720,000
Seven the Pinnacle is the largest property in the exclusive Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf community for the ultra rich. Expect heated floors, more pools that you could wave a lifeguard at and even its own personal ski lift. Whilst that may sound like paradise, it’s hard not to be reminded of the Overlook Hotel, and we all know how that turned out.
7. Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California – £132,740,000
Situated close to Sunset Boulevard, Hearst Castle has a claim to fame a mile wide. Anyone who was anyone in Hollywood stayed there, from the likes of Clarke Gable to Jimmy Stewart. Churchill visited and JFK and Jackie honeymooned there. If it looks familiar then that’s probably because it was used as the set for the Godfather. The Estate is huge, not counting the 50,000 sq ft house at its centre. Then again, at an eye watering £132 million, maybe it’s an offer you can refuse.
6. Ellison Estate, Woodside, California – £142,000,000
Ellison Estate is one of the many homes of America’s 3rd richest man, internet entrepreneur, Larry Ellison. The £142,000,000 estate covers an area of nearly 10 sq km and is heavily influenced by traditional Japanese architecture. Features include a man-made lake, koi pond and bath house. Not many people can claim to have a bath house these days.
5. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens, London – £157,720,000
We return to billionaires row in Kensington Palace Gardens, this time with a look at number 18-19. Indian steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal bought the property in 2004 from Bernie Ecclestone. A snip back then at just £67 million, especially when you consider its current worth. Previous occupants include Baron de Reuter (of news fame) and the de Rothschild family. Neighbours include the Sultan of Brunei and none other than HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton. Just think of the barbecues!
4. Four Fairfield Pond, Sagaponack, New York – £176,550,000
Based in the Hamptons, Fairfield Pond is the home of billionaire Ira Rennert. It’s situated in a 63 acre compound that as well as 100,000 sq ft of buildings and outhouses, features a basketball court, bowling alley, squash and tennis courts in addition to 29 bedrooms and no less than 39 bathrooms. No problem keeping clean then.
3. Villa Leopolda, Cote D’Azure, France – £532,150,000
What does over half a billion pounds buy you in the way of a property? Well how about a 50 acre estate, swimming pool, pool house, helipad, outdoor kitchen and a guest house that wouldn’t look amiss on this list? It also has a commercial sized green house. We can think of few reasons to have such a large green house but they are more associated with Columbian mansions. The owner is Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist, widow of a Lebanese banker, who died when one of their other homes was burnt down, allegedly due to mysterious circumstances.
2. Antilia, Mumbai, India – £710,000,000
In a departure of the norm, Antilia looks more like something from Blade Runner than a stately mansion. However, this property features 27 floors with 400,000 sq ft of building space. Throw in six underground car parks, three heli pads, and 600 highly trained staff. All the components of a Bond villain’s lair then. However, the real owner is India’s Richest man, Mukesh Ambani.
1. Buckingham Palace, London – £1,100,000,000
Who lives in the most expensive house on the planet? Well, it’s our very own Queen, Elizabeth II. Inside you’ll find 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 bedrooms 188 staff rooms and no less than 78 bathrooms. Unfortunately, you may struggle to find this one on the market any time soon. The only way to get the keys to this Royal pad is to be in line for the throne. Remember, we are all in this together.