Antilia is a private home in South Mumbai about which Ratan Tata famously said, “It makes me wonder why someone would do that. That’s what revolutions are made of,”. It is owned by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, and includes a staff of 600 to maintain the residence 24/7. As of November 2014, it is deemed to be the world’s most expensive residential property, after Buckingham Palace, which is designated as a crown property. It is thus the world’s most expensive private residential property, valued at $1 billion. It is clearly distinguished in the Mumbai skyline due to its unique design.
2. Villa La Leopolda
The Villa La Leopolda is a large detached villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer, in the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera. The villa is situated in 18 acres of grounds. The villa has had several notable owners including Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Izaak and Dorothy J. Killam, and since 1987 by Edmond (1932–1999) and Lily Safra, who inherited the villa after her husband’s death.
3. Ira Rennert
Ira Leon Rennert was born in May 31, 1934 is an American investor and businessman. Today he controls one of the nation’s largest privately held industrial empires, and his personal fortune is estimated to be $6.5 billion.
4. Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan, between 1919 and 1947, for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. The California Park Commission voted to approve its inclusion in the California State Park System, which was approved by the California State Legislature in 1954 with a proposed admission charge of $1 per person and a 50¢ bus ride. However, ironing out the details with the Trustees of the Hearst Estate and the Hearst Corporation took several years. Agreement was finalized in 1957, and it opened in 1958. Since that time, it has been maintained within the Hearst San Simeon State Park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts “millions of travelers each year”.
5. Franchuk Villa
This five-story, freestanding 10 bedroom Victorian Villa also features an underground indoor swimming pool, panic room, and private movie theatre. It’s also the world’s most expensive home, at $161 million.
6. The Pinnacle Mansion
The Pinnacle is a $155 million ski lodge and residence owned by Edra and Time Blixseth. The Blixseths own the Yellowstone Club which is a ski resort that only billionaires belong to. The house has 10 bedrooms, every floor is heated…including the driveway.
7. Fleur De Lys Mansion
The original owners were David I. Saperstein and his wife Suzanne Saperstein. However, when they divorced in 2004, his wife received the property in the settlement. She put it on the market for £78 million in 2006. The house reportedly sold to a French billionaire for $102 mil in March 2014 making it the most expensive property ever sold in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles Times.
8. Silicon Valley Mansion
A custom-built home in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley had its price cut by $500,000 last week after sitting on the market since the end of March a move that would’ve been almost unfathomable a year ago and a signal that frenzied demand has peaked.
9. Rybolovlev Estate
This house is the most expensive single family home in the country and, since it was owned by Donald Trump, it’s obviously the most expensive home ever fought over in a divorce case. The 33,000 square foot oceanfront mansion has become a key part of the proceedings since Trump’s ex-wife Elena Rybolovlev1 demanded jurisdiction due to infidelity.
10. Updown Court
Updown Court is a Californian style residence situated in the village of Windlesham in Surrey, England. The 103-room mansion has 58 acres of landscaped gardens and private woodland. It was, in 2005, the most expensive private home on the market anywhere in the world, having been listed for sale with estate agencies Savills and Hamptons International for in excess of £70 million.