- Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has amassed a massive real-estate portfolio across the US.
- According to The Wall Street Journal, he just dropped $US165 million on the Warner Estate in Beverly Hills, making it the most expensive home ever sold in the Los Angeles area.
- Last year, he dropped about $US80 million for three adjacent New York City apartments.
- The Amazon CEO’s other real-estate holdings include a 29,000-square-foot Seattle estate, a Texas ranch, a Washington DC mansion, and two neighbouring Beverly Hills homes.
- It’s unknown how Bezos’ properties were divided after his divorce from MacKenzie Bezos.
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Jeff Bezos has amassed a massive real-estate portfolio across the US, from his home state of Washington to New York City.
A 2017 Land Report named Bezos the country’s 28th-largest landowner. In June 2019, the Amazon CEO dropped about $US80 million on three adjacent New York City apartments in the priciest real-estate deal ever south of 42nd Street in New York, according to appraiser Jonathan Miller. But he had already owned four apartments in a historic building in the city for years. However, his most recent purchase was the Warner Estate in Beverly Hills: According to The Wall Street Journal, Bezos bought the nine-acre property for $US165 million from billionaire David Geffen. It’s the most expensive home ever sold in the Los Angeles area.
It’s unknown how Bezos’ properties were divided after his divorce from MacKenzie Bezos was finalised in July 2019. Everything acquired throughout the marriage from real estate to income is considered joint property in the Bezos’ home state of Washington, as Business Insider’s Tanza Loudenback previously reported. Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on how the properties were divided after the divorce.
Bezos remains the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $US117 billion, while MacKenzie Bezos is now worth $US38 billion, making her one of the richest women in the world.
From two neighbouring Beverly Hills mansions to a sprawling estate in an exclusive Seattle suburb, here are all the residential properties Bezos is known to own in the US.
Caroline Cakebread contributed to an early version of this article.
Jeff Bezos has spent millions of dollars amassing a collection of residential properties over the years.
A 2017 Land Report named the Amazon CEO the country’s 28th-largest landowner.
Over the years, he’s picked up several New York City apartments, a ranch in Texas, and homes in Washington state, California, and Washington, DC.
Before Bezos’ divorce was finalised in July 2019, these properties also belonged to his wife MacKenzie Bezos, as all real estate acquired throughout a marriage is considered joint property in the Bezos’ home state of Washington. (They were married in 1993.)
Although Bezos made at least one major real-estate purchase after his divorce was announced, it’s unknown how the properties were divided after the couple split up. Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the matter.
In June 2019, two months after the couple announced their divorce, the Amazon CEO reportedly dropped about $US80 million on three adjacent New York City apartments.
The spread included a three-story penthouse and two units directly below it.
It was the priciest real-estate deal south of 42nd Street in New York, appraiser Jonathan Miller told The Wall Street Journal.
Renderings of the inside of the apartment from creative agency VisualHouse show the opulence of the penthouse.
The apartments have 12 bedrooms in total and span 17,000 square feet of living space.
Bezos’ home base is a nearly 29,000-square-foot estate in Medina, Washington.
Bezos’ two homes in Medina span about 5.3 acres.
According to the Wall Street Journal, he paid $US10 million for the property in 1998. One home is a 20,600-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, and the other is an 8,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home rumoured to have cost $US53 million.
Medina, located on a peninsula just across Lake Washington from Seattle, is an exclusive suburb that’s also home to Bill Gates, as well as other Microsoft bigwigs, tech entrepreneurs, and telecom magnates.
Many of the neighbourhood’s mansions are hidden away behind gates and protected by elaborate security systems.
Bezos’ estate underwent a $US28 million renovation in 2010.
The home, which sits right on the shores of Lake Washington, includes 310 feet of private shoreline and a boathouse.
Bezos also owns property in Beverly Hills, California, one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Los Angeles.
Bezos bought this Spanish-style mansion in 2007 for $US24.45 million.
The seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom Beverly Hills home is advertised by Dream Homes Magazine as having a greenhouse, a sunken and lighted tennis court, a huge swimming pool, four fountains, and a six-car garage. The street is a hotspot for Hollywood stars, and is said to have been home to Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Walter Matthau.
Ten years later, Bezos bought a smaller house next door.
Apparently, the first Beverly Hills house did not fit Bezos’ space requirements. In 2017, he bought a comparatively modest four-bedroom, 4,568-square-foot home for $US12.9 million right next door to his first house. As you can see in the above picture, Bezos’ property dominates the mansion-filled block.
His most recent Beverly Hills purchase, as reported by The Wall Street Journal on February 12, is the Warner Estate.
The Warner Estate, according to The Wall Street Journal, was designed for Jack Warner – the former president of Warner Bros. Studios – in the 1930s. Bezos reportedly bought the home from billionaire David Geffen, who bought it back in 1990 for $US47.5 million.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Bezos bought the nine-acre property for a whopping $US165 million, making it the most expensive home ever sold in Los Angeles.
On February 12, The Wall Street Journal also reported that Bezos Expeditions – which manages Bezos’ venture capital investments – bought a plot of undeveloped land in Los Angeles for $US90 million. It is believed to be an investment.
Bezos also owns a 30,000-acre ranch about 30 miles from the town of Van Horn, Texas.
Bezos grew up spending summers on his grandparents’ ranch outside of Cotulla, Texas and bought the 30,000-acre Figure 2 ranch to give his family the same experience.
Bezos bought the 30,000-acre property after the seller spent “millions” renovating it.
The U-shaped ranch house seen above is a remnant from the seller,who reportedly put “millions” into renovating it. Behind the home is a bunkhouse that sleeps 12.
The property is also the base for Bezos’ private space company, Blue Origin.
Blue Origin made history in 2015 when it successfully launched and landed the reusable rocket, New Shepard. Its goal is to become a space tourism company, ferrying passengers up for weightless rides as soon as April 2019.
The Amazon CEO can also call the US capital home as of 2016.
In 2016, Bezos bought a former textile museum in Washington, DC for $US23 million.
The27,000-square-foot space in DC’s Kalorama neighbourhood is a former textile museum and dates back to 1912, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The neighbourhood, Kalorama, is a hot spot for Washington big wigs.
The Obamas own a $US5.3 million home nearby, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner recently moved in right down the street.
The two joint structures on the property have nearly 27,000 square feet of living space, making it the largest home in Washington, DC.
Bezos is said to be spending $US12 million to renovate the homes and the surrounding property.
In January 2020, a source told The Washington that Bezos had also bought the four-bedroom home across the street.
The brick house went on the market for just under $US5 million in December 2019 and sold less than a month later, according to the The Washingtonian.
The publication suggests that the Amazon CEO may have picked up the neighbouring property to protect his privacy, as the home had a direct view into his mansion across the street.
An Amazon spokesperson did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on Bezos’ rumoured purchase of the home.
In addition to his 2019 New York City real-estate purchase, Bezos has already owned real estate in the city for years.
In December 2019, Amazon announced plans to open a new 1,500-employee office in New York City, less than a year after scrapping its plans to build its second headquarters in the city.
He bought three condos in a historic Manhattan building overlooking Central Park for $US7.65 million in 1999.
In 1999, Bezos bought three condos in the Century building at 25 Central Park West in New York City’s Upper West Side under an LLC called “Jetima.” The purchase was from former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola for $US7.65 million.
Bezos bought an additional unit for $US5.3 million in 2012, making him the owner of four condos in the historic building.
The 32-story Art Deco building was built in 1931 and boasts a concierge, elevator attendants, and three separate entrances, as well as a prime location right next to Central Park.
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