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Homes of Billionaires

How does the other half  live? Well, it depends. Try more like how does the other 0.00001% live?

Bill Gates

Medina, Wash.
Net Worth: $56 billion
Rank: 1

Gates’ home is built into a hillside on the edge of Lake Washington, near Seattle. The 66,000-square-foot compound includes a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system, a domed library with two “secret” bookcase doors and a 1,000-square-foot dining room.

Warren Buffett

Omaha, Neb
Net Worth: $52 billion
Rank: 2

Warren BuffetAt the rate Buffett is giving away his money, it won’t be long before net worth matches the value of his home. He still resides in the 6,000-square-foot gray stucco home he bought in 1958 for $31,500. In 2004, Buffett sold one of his two Laguna Beach, Calif., properties, but still has one valued at about $4 million.

Lakshmi Mittal

London, England
Net Worth: $32 billion
Rank: 5

Lakshmi MittalIn 2004, Mittal paid $128 million for this townhouse in the posh Kensington neighborhood known as Billionaires’ Row. Mittal’s mansion, tucked between Kensington Palace and the Sultan of Brunei’s spread, has garage space for 20 cars and is embellished with marble taken from the same quarry that supplied the Taj Mahal. Mittal has another home in the city and is said to have residences in Delhi, Indonesia and Trinidad.

Larry Ellison

Woodside, Calif.
Net Worth: $21.5 billion
Rank: 11

Larry EllisonThe Oracle co-founder set jaws a-dropping in 2003 when he spent $65 million on five beachfront properties in Malibu so he could create a custom compound (a local real estate agent said Ellison bought one house just for the pool). Then there’s his mega-estate in Woodside, pictured here, about 30 miles south of San Francisco. Set on 23 acres, it’s reminiscent of an imperial Japanese palace.

Paul Allen

Mercer Island, Wash
Net Worth: $18 billion
Rank: 19

Paul AllenEven though Allen’s wealth exceeds the gross domestic product of most small nations, he prefers to make his home just outside of Seattle, where he grew up. The single mogul’s mother also lives on the compound, which includes a 10,000-square-foot mansion, 400 feet of Lake Washington waterfront and a National Basketball Association regulation-sized gym (he owns the Portland Trailblazers, after all).

Michael Dell

Austin, Texas
Net Worth: $15.8 billion
Rank: 30

Michael DellDell’s 33,000-square-foot mega-mansion is perched on a hilltop in the college town where he founded his eponymous computer company. Though he reportedly spent tens of millions of dollars building the estate, in the late 1990s he wrangled with local assessors over its value, which was finally pegged at $12 million.


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