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Billionaire Abodes: The Jaw-Dropping Estates That Break the Bank

By CM Chaney · March 9, 2024

15 Of The Most Expensive Houses In The World

When an architect limited only by gravity collaborates with an owner possessing a bottomless wallet, the result is a luxury house filled with bespoke features tailored to their personality and taste. These million-dollar homes, often called "mega mansions," spare no expense in furnishing and decorating. The world's biggest house boasts 240 bedrooms and 535 other rooms, while other expensive properties include vertical palaces designed to withstand earthquakes or sprawling estates with breathtaking views, featuring amenities like outdoor theaters overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or cutting-edge technology.  Luxe Digital

Buckingham Palace (United Kingdom) - $4.9 Billion

Buckingham Palace, home to the British Royal Family, is valued at $4.9 billion. With 775 rooms, including 240 bedrooms, 19 staterooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms, it's one of the biggest houses in the world. The palace also features a swimming pool, doctor's surgery, and beautiful gardens.  Luxe Digital

Antilia (India) - $2 Billion

Antilia, the world's most expensive private residence, is owned by Mukesh Ambani, India's richest person. The 400,000-square-foot, 27-story Mumbai building features six floors for parking, a temple, guest suites, helipads, a spa, a ballroom, a yoga studio, an ice-cream parlor, a movie theatre, and a snow room.  Luxe Digital

Villa Leopolda (France) - $750 million

Villa Leopolda, the most expensive private residence in Europe, sits between Monaco and Nice. Originally owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, it has been used as a film set and passed through elite owners. With 80,000 square feet, lavish gardens, and a huge pool, it's a sumptuous property.  Luxe Digital

Villa Les Cèdres (France) - $450 Million

Built around 1830, the 18,000-square-foot Villa Les Cèdres in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, was once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium. Acquired by Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov in 2019, it features an Olympic-size pool, a ballroom, stables, 15,000 plants, 20 greenhouses, and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.  Luxe Digital

Les Palais Bulles (France) - $420 Million

The Palais Bulles or Bubble Palace in Théoule-Sur-Mer near Cannes is a unique, terracotta-colored luxury property designed by Antti Lovag. Featuring circular buildings, ten artist-decorated suites, and a 500-seat open-air amphitheater overlooking the Mediterranean, it was last owned by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and is now available for rent.  Luxe Digital

The Odeon Tower Penthouse (Monaco) - $330 Million

The Odeon Tower Penthouse, the world's most expensive flat, sits atop a 560ft Monaco skyscraper. With 38,000 square feet across five levels, it features a 360-degree infinity pool, water slide, dance floor, luxurious bathroom, staff bedrooms, and spectacular Mediterranean views. A parking space alone costs around $330,000.  Luxe Digital

Four Fairfield Pond (United States) - $250 Million

American billionaire Ira Rennert's Italian Renaissance-style Hamptons home, Four Fairfield Pond, is one of the largest and most expensive in the US. The 63-acre beachfront property features 21 bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, three pools, a basketball court, bowling alley, theater, tennis and squash courts, and a 100-car garage.  Luxe Digital

18-19 Kensington Gardens (United Kingdom) - $222 Million

Nour Palace, also known as Taj Mittal, is a neo-Georgian mansion on Kensington Gardens, one of the UK's most elite streets. Bought for $5 million in the 1990s and renovated with a $90 million investment, it features marble from the Taj Mahal, a salon, pool, spa, and parking for 20 cars.  Luxe Digital

Beyoncé & Jay Z’s Malibu Mansion (United States) - $200 Million

In 2023, Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought California's most expensive house for $200 million. Designed by Tadao Ando, the 30,000-square-foot Malibu property boasts unobstructed ocean views, enormous hallways, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and manicured lawns. Initially listed at $295 million, the minimalist marvel was a bargain for the power couple.  Luxe Digital

Ellison Estate (United States) - $200 Million

Billionaire Larry Ellison's Japanese-style Ellison Estate in Woodside, California, is a stunning waterfront property. The lodge-style compound features multiple houses, a man-made lake, a tea house, and a bathhouse. With cozy velvet sofas and fireplaces throughout, it's the ultimate lake house retreat, nestled within a gated community.  Luxe Digital

Palazzo di Amore (United States) - $195 Million

Palazzo di Amore, a Mediterranean-style estate in Beverly Hills, was built in 2014 and renovated by owner Jeff Greene, doubling its value. With 12 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, a Turkish spa, a 15,000-square-foot entertainment center, bowling alley, movie theater, disco, and hillside vineyard, it offers spectacular views of Los Angeles.  Luxe Digital

Gemini (United States) - $173 Million

Larry Ellison's company bought the Gemini estate in Manalapan, Florida, from Netscape co-founder Jim Clark for $173 million, making it the most expensive house sold in the state. The 15.65-acre property spans from the ocean to the lake, with multiple houses totaling 85,000 square feet and 33 bedrooms.  Luxe Digital

Seven The Pinnacle (United States) - $155 Million

Seven The Pinnacle, a luxurious 57,000-square-foot property at Yellowstone Club in Montana, boasts 123 rooms, including 10 bedrooms, a spa with massage area, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, and fireplaces throughout. Nestled among tall trees, it's the largest property within a private golf and ski community.  Luxe Digital

The One (United States) - $141 Million

The One, a 105,000-square-foot Bel Air mega mansion once considered the most expensive in the US, was sold for $141 million to Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian in 2022. With 21 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a nightclub, bowling alley, wine cellar, spa, theater, and multiple pools, it's America's largest private residence.  Luxe Digital

Xanadu 2.0 (United States) - $130 Million

Bill and Melinda Gates' 66,000-square-foot waterfront mansion in Medina, Washington, took seven years to build. Featuring 500 Douglas firs, state-of-the-art technology, an artificial stream with fish, six kitchens, seven bedrooms, a trampoline room, a library, and a computer-controlled maple tree, it's a testament to their former wealth.  Luxe Digital