Tesla wouldn’t be the triumphant car maker it is today without Alan Salzman, a well-known venture capitalist who made an early bet on Elon Musk’s startup before it had a product.
Salzman owned about 9% of Tesla for a time. He sold a fraction of his shares when the company went public in 2010, and still owns nearly seven million shares worth $A3 billion.
Salzman, the 63-year-old cofounder of VantagePoint Capital Partners, has the eye-popping mansion to prove his wealth. 200 Polhemus Avenue is a six-bedroom, nine-bath estate in Atherton, California, complete with an in-house spa, library, movie theatre, and golf course.
The house went on the market for $A50.66 million in March 2017. There have been no takers yet, which means the sprawling estate in the country’s third most expensive zip code could be all yours, if you have the millions to spare. Take a look inside.
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In March, Salzman listed the 9,000-square-foot Atherton manor for $A50.66 million, which is an increase of 300% from what he paid for the house in 2001. It cost $A15 million then.
Antique wood and French stone cover the floors. The listing also describes 'centuries-old interior doors,' silk wall coverings, Venetian plaster, and antique and Murano chandeliers.
Before their divorce, Manus -- a triple-threat venture capitalist, philanthropist, and literary agent -- threw parties at 200 Polhemus Avenue that were the talk of Silicon Valley.
Jillian Manus poses for a photo with Jay Leno at one of her annual charity galas.
Her annual Valentine's Day parties routinely raised over $1.28 million for charity. The over-the-top soirées have included live elephants, scale replicas of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a fairy-tale setting featuring a pumpkin-shaped carriage led by cotton-candy-coloured horses.
'The entire property revolves around a line of energy that integrates water, wood, and fire elements,' according to the listing.
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