It’s safe to say that Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, has cash to burn. He’s worth roughly $US84 billion and owns 17% of the Amazon empire.
So where does a man like Bezos rest his head at night?
Although his company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Bezos own five homes across the country, and is the country’s 25th largest landowner, according to the Land Report.
Here are the five estates the Bezos clan calls home:
In the same neighbourhood as Bill Gates, Bezos owns two homes spanning 5.3 acres. According to the Wall Street Journal, he paid $US10 million for the property in 1998. One home is a 1913 square metre, five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, and the other a 770 square metre, five bedroom, four bathroom. Right on the shores of Lake Washington, the estate underwent a $US28 million renovation in 2010 and boasts 100 metres of shoreline and a boathouse.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal
Bezos bought this Spanish style mansion in 2007 for $US24.45 million. The seven-bedroom seven-bathroom 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.
Apparently the first house did not fit Bezos' space requirements. This past July he bought a comparatively modest four bedroom, 424 square metre 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.
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. 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 bunk house that sleeps 12.
The property is also the base for Blue Origin, Bezos' private space company. 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.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Bezos bought this former textile museum in Washington DC's Kalorama neighbourhood for a cool $US23 million in 2016. The 2508 square metre space is a former textile museum and dates back to 1912, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighbourhood 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.
Source: The Washington Post
In 1999 Bezos bought three condos in the Century building at 25 Central Park West in New York City's upper west side from former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola. The purchase cost him $US7.65 million, and put him in a prime spot right next to Central Park. The 32-storey Art Deco building was built in 1931, and boasts a concierge, elevator attendants, and three separate entrances.
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