It Costs $35,000 To Tour Bill Gates' Home

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Microsoft holds an annual charity auction with goods and services donated by Microsoft employees. Former head honcho Bill Gates offers up a tour of his futuristic home every year.

Last year, a personal tour and appetizers with the world’s richest man went for $8,000. This year? $35,000. Thanks, Windows Vista!

See Bill Gates’ house for free –>

The house overlooks Lake Washington in Medina, Washington

It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0

Photo: Yonatan Kelib

2009 property taxes show the home worth $147.5 million

Photo: Jeff Wilcox

It's designed as Pacific lodge style

Bill inscribed the last line of The Great Gatsby in the library

House guests wear pins that tracks their movement

A stream flows through the property

The driveways are heated

Bill prohibits iPhones and iPods on his compound

Roofing is stainless steel and the woods used are rare species from around the world

Diagram of Bill Gates' home

US News made a diagram to show the house layout.

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