Carlos Slim was revealed as the mystery man who paid $44 million for the Duke Semans mansion at 1009 Fifth Ave — right across from the Met — on Tuesday. That means the World’s Richest Man is moving to New York, at least for a few days a week.
Slim’s new home is a 1901 beaux arts mansion, owned by the Duke tobacco dynasty until 2006 when it was purchased by self-made fertiliser baron Tamir Sapir. It features a doctor’s office in the basement, 12 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and 11 wood-burning fireplaces, spread over 20,000-square-feet.Unfortunately there are no interior shots on the web, except for a few close-ups of beautiful beaux arts trimming on the walls.
But don’t think this means Manhattan real estate is soaring back. Slim was able to knock $6 million off the asking price. And it is definitely not the most expensive home in the city. That honour might belong to Phil Falcone.
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