Most of the homes on this list are worth a lot due to their peerage. And since the rich are only getting richer — and they’ve got the real estate to prove it—, for the world’s super-wealthy people, the price tag for an appropriate home goes all the way to $1 billion. Meanwhile, to The Most Expensive Homes‘ editors, there is nothing quite like spending a few hours researching the wealthy real estate market, wondering which are the most expensive houses across the world.
The Buckingham Palace was built in 1703, for the Duke of Buckingham, King George the Third acquired the property for his wife, and it was known as the Queen’s house for a time. It was expanded upon in the 1800s and became the official London home of the reigning monarch on the ascension of Queen Victoria to the throne. Currently valued at $1.55 billion, the Palace contained more than 700 rooms.
It is valued at a full $1 billion, the Antilia is a personal skyscraper in Mumbai. It is 27 stories high, with a further six floors in the basement, and is owned by the richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani. The top section looks more lived in and the stylized design of the building is very attractive to me personally.
Built over King Leopold the Seconds villa in the late twenties, the Villa La Leopolda is valued at $750 million. Actually, it is owned by Brazilian philanthropist Lily Safra, and has an outdoor kitchen, a guest house as large as many mansions and was even featured in a Hitchcock flick.
The Four Fairfield Pond is huge, 63 acres or thereabouts, and is host to its own power plant, 29 bedrooms, and enough bathrooms to take a leak in a different one every day for more than a month. The compound is owned by billionaire Ira Rennert, of the Renco Group. Nowadays, the property is valued at $248.5 million.
The Kensington Palace Gardens is spread over two properties, counted as one home, and is very close to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s house. The luxury property is valued at $222 million.
The Ellison Estate is comprised of around ten buildings, but the property is counted as one home. Currently valued at $200 million, it’s owned by Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, the world’s second-largest software developer on the planet, after Microsoft.
The Hearst Castle was built for Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. Currently, the historical landmark property is worth an estimated $191 Million. The castle is now a part of the California State Park system and is open to the public.
The Seven the Pinnacle is in the heart of the mountains, currently valued very highly, at $155 million. A private ski rest and cabin, The Pinnacle was owned by former lumber baron Tim Blixseth, co-founder of the now-defunct Yellowstone Club.
The Kensington Palace is owned by Roman Abramovich — also the owner of Chelsea football club and the director of investment firm Millhouse LLC. Currently valued at $140 million, this luxury real estate is in the process of having a basement extension added, very popular with the mega-rich in London these days, and there are plans to add a Health Center, a car showroom, and a tennis court.
Currently priced $128 million, this lavish mansion in London owns 10 rooms and the interior is lavishly decorated in gold and marble. Under the surface are a gym, a pool, a cinema and a panic room. It is owned by the former Ukraine president’s daughter, Olena Pinchuk. She is the founder of AntiAids foundation, a private charity firm focused on ridding Ukraine of AIDS.