Can you imagine buying a multi-million-vacation home (or two) with about as much thought as you currently put into buying a new refrigerator or home computer? That’s how the world’s billionaires roll. They see it, love it, buy it.
Here are some of the most amazing hideaways owned by the super-wealthy, courtesy of Forbes magazine. They run the gamut from ranches to London townhouses. But they all have one thing in common: You and I will never own any of them!
Bill Gates – This $18 million horse ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, New Mexico is just one of several vacation properties owned by the Microsoft founder. It has a three-quarter mile racetrack and five barns. Gates’ daughter is a passionate horse rider. If the family gets tired of ranch life they can practically walk to another home they own in the nearby Del Mar Country Club.
Howard Schultz – The Starbucks CEO has a little shack (10,641 sq. ft.) at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort in Hawaii. The $25 million retreat spans two lots and has two golf courses, multiple sports facilities and its own beach club.
Donald Trump — The Donald bought this Westchester, New York property 20 years ago with plans to build a golf resort. Instead the 50,000 sq. ft. mansion built in 1919 became a secluded family hideaway. The house has 60 rooms, two servants’ wings, a barn and three pools.
Michael Dell – The computer magnate bought three adjacent parcels on Hawaii’s Kona Coast to build his Raptor Residence. The 4.3-acre estate is located in the exclusive Kukio enclave.
Jeff Bezos – The Amazon founder retreats to Beverly Hills when he needs to relax. His 24.5 million mansion is right behind Tom Cruise’s place. The 11,891 sq. ft. house sits on two acres and has seven bedrooms and seven baths.
Michael Bloomberg – The former Mayor of New York owns a historic brick mansion in London. Author George Eliot home once owned the $26 million.
Larry Ellison – The Oracle founder holds a ton of real estate including this Malibu mansion, which Ellison bought from former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel for $36.9 million in 2012. The 10,315 sq. ft. house sits on Carbon Beach.
Eric Schmidt – The Google co-founder bought this Montecito estate from Ellen DeGeneres for $20 million in 2007. The four-acre spread features gardens, fountains, orchards and four-bedroom house that includes a 1,300 sq. ft. master suite.
Mark Zuckerberg – In 2014 the Facebook founder bought a 750-acre oceanfront parcel on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for $100 million. The property includes a former sugarcane plantation, a working organic farm and a huge chunk of the gorgeous Pila’a Beach.
Ken Griffin – The Chicago-based founder of the Citadel hedge fund owns two beachfront condos in Miami’s Faena House, including a two-level penthouse that has a wrap-around terrace, a 71-foot infinity pool, Jacuzzi and two kitchens. Interested? Griffin just put his tow units up for sale. You can get the penthouse for $55 million, or the three-bedroom unit below it for just $18 million.
Photos and cover image courtesy of Forbes magazine.