Every so often, we all need that quiet place to relax and unwind and especially over the holidays. But the word “vacation” could take on a whole new meaning when you are a billionaire. Some of the billionaire’s secret hideouts include massive island retreats, ranches as well as superyachts. Below are some of the most expensive holiday homes owned by the haves and envied by the have-nots.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
One might expect that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos might choose a vacation home somewhere along the Amazon, but instead, he chose a Beverly Hills Mansion that sits on a 2-acre lot behind the Tom Cruise compound on North Alpine Drive. The mansion only set Bezos back about $25 million dollars, but the almost 12,000 square foot mansion was worth every penny.
Bezos is not sweating the cost; he makes the Forbes Top Billionaires list year after year. The mansion only set Bezos back about $25 million dollars, but the almost 12,000 square foot mansion was worth every penny.
Richard Branson, Virgin Group
One of the biggest names in the business industry, Branson owns among other things Necker Island, which is a 74-acre Caribbean property. On the property lies a resort that can accommodate about 30 people plus eight guest bedrooms. If you are planning to visit the resort for vacation, be prepared to cough as much as US $2,167 per person and day.
It is a common party venue for many A-listers, and other amenities found on it include a 1,500-square foot master suite and a zip line that is used to ferry guests down to the beach.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Technopreneur, Mark Zuckerberg was rumored to have purchased a 750-acre property on the North Shore of Kauai. He is believed to have parted with close to $100 million for the property. The property has a long shoreline of the pristine white-sand beach.
Marc Benioff, Salesforce
This billionaire is a great fanatic of all things Hawaii. Benioff bought his huge, 5-acre estate for a cool $12.5 million in 2000. His estate is on the edge of the Mauna Kea Resort; it sits next door to the old Lurline Roth estate. Though Benioff’s name is not on the sales receipt, Hale O Aloha’s is. Hale o Aloha happens to share a mailing address with SalesForce Inc., which was founded by the software billionaire. Marc Benioff is a 30-year-veteran of the software industry.
He is often donning Hawaiian shirts to work, and he has gone the extra mile to fit in with Hawaiians, even going as far as to name his dog “Koa.” Koa is a species of a Hawaiian tree.
Meg Whitman, HP Chief
Billionaire Whitman doesn’t do things like other billionaires, she doesn’t escape to some abandoned island, no, she buys an entire lake to preserve near vancouver and two vacation homes in Telluride Colorado. Yes, she owns a mountain home as well as a dude ranch that are both located in Telluride, Colorado. The ski home is estimated to be worth more than $4.8 million, and the Skyline Ranch $18 million.
Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder
Peter Thiel donated more than $1.25 million to Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign and was touted as being Trump’s most famous homosexual supporter. So when Donald Trump ruins the environment, you can than Peter Thiel, and think about him sitting back in this vacation home.
Back in 2011, Thiel took the broad step of owning a 1.7-acre oceanfront property in Maui. This magnificent home is surrounded by four pavilions that are intertwined between the courtyard and the swimming pool.
Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates has many homes around the country though he spends most of his time at his 50,000-square-foot, $120.5 million, home in Medina, Washington. In 2014 he shelled out $18 million to weight loss guru Jenny Craig for her equestrian ranch, Rancho Paseana a 229-acre horse farm located in Rancho Santa Fe.
It is rumored that Gates’ daughter Jennifer, is an avid horse rider which probably influenced the billionaire’s purchase. The Gates’ also own a home at the Del Mar Country Club, which happens to be right next to the ranch, so while the family is riding horses, Bill can play a few rounds of golf.
Michael Bloomberg Businessman, Former N.Y. Mayor
Former New York mayor and multi-billionaire purchased a historic brick mansion in London for $26 million that was once owned by best-selling author Mary Ann Evans (who may be better known by her nom de plume, George Eliot).
The home has seven bedrooms, a garden, private entry and a grand ceiling painted by the same artist who painted the inside of the St. Paul’s Cathedral, James Thornhill.
Roman Abramovich Businessman, Football Club Owner
The Russian oligarch and Chelsea Football Club owner spent nearly $90 million for a vacation home once owned by David Rockefeller in Gouverneur Bay, St. Barts a 69-acre plot.
Abramovich loves his vacation homes; he also owns the Chateau de la Croë a villa in the French Riviera once owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Donald Trump’s Real Estate Developer, President
Now President of the United States, Donald Trump purchased a lavish Westchester property in 1996 that he had planned on turning into a golf course. He purchased the property for $7.5 million, and the 230-acre estate has yet to become anything more that a family retreat. Trump’s children would spend their summers there at “Seven Springs,” hiking through the woods and fishing.
Don’t worry, Trump’s precious children never had to lift a finger to help clean the lavish 50,000-square-foot main house which had a total of 60 rooms, it also had two servant’s wings to make sure there were plenty of people to clean up after his children.
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