The Amazing Stuff Of Roman Abramovich

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If he who dies with the most toys wins, Russian oligarch Roman Abamovich is sitting pretty.

Roman lost more money last year than most billionaires can ever imagine having: An estimated $20 billion.

But that didn’t stop Roman from spending!  He still had enough left over to buy several more estates and keep building the biggest private yacht in the world.

This year is no different. Roman just bought a $90 million 70-acre vacation stop in St. Bart’s, once again breaking the record for the most expensive price tag paid for a private home this year.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a list of the awesome stuff Roman has acquired over the years.  We’ve added some items and folded the whole thing into a handy presentation.  Enjoy!

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title=”St. Bart’s Compound”
content=”This 70-acre estate at Governor Bay in St. Bart’s is Roman’s latest acquisition.

The former owner was Jeet Singh, co-founder of Art Technology Group Inc., now known as ATG. It’s a Cambridge, Mass., maker of Web software used by retailers including Tommy Hilfiger and Best Buy.

Roman paid $90 million, which is the highest price paid for a private home in 2009, reports WSJ.”
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content=”Roman’s ‘Chateau de la Croe’ villa has prime location in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes.

It was once home to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who gave up the British crown in 1936. Roman bought the estate for $27 million about five years ago, and has spent at least that much on its renovation.

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title=”Winter Lodge, Snowmass, CO”
content=”OK, Colorado’s not the Riviera. But this is quite the ski chalet!

In 2008, Roman bought this 14,300-sq.-ft. house with 11 bedrooms on 200 acres for $36.4 million. The property is located at Wildcat Ridge in Snowmass Village, Colorado.

Earlier that year, Roman also spent $11.8 million for a 5,600-square-foot ski-in, ski-out house in the same area. He apparently needed some extra space.

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title=”Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge, London”
content=”Roman’s latest real-estate project is to merge eight apartments into one huge home in Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge.

With properties in the district sometimes selling for as much as $6,600 a square foot, his new London pad could be worth as much as $200 million. Check out the artist’s rendering below!

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title=”The Ecstasea Yacht”
content=”Docked at the ‘Quai des Milliardaires’ (aka ‘The Billionaires Pier’) of the International Yatch Club in Antibes France, the Ecstasea is just a runabout.

Specifically, it’s the smallest boat in Roman’s yacht fleet, at 282 feet.

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title=”The Pelorus Yacht”
content=”Pelorus is the world’s fourteenth largest private yacht at 377 feet 3 inches in length, with a price tag of $300 million. It’s only the second-largest Roman Abramovich yacht, however!

Pelorus was built at the Lürssen yard in Bremen, Germany. It was desined by Tim Heywood and was launched in 2003.

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title=”The Eclipse”
content=”Roman newest boat, Eclipse, exceeds 540 feet and is in the final stages of construction by German ship builder Blohm & Voss.

Eclipse has two helipads, several hot tubs, a swimming pool, bulletproof glass, a steam room, and a personal submarine. The boat cost an estimated $590 million or more to build. It’s the world’s biggest private yacht.

It will apparently have lasers to ward off prying paparazzi.

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content=”Roman owns a private Boeing 767-300 that was originally intended for Hawaiian Airlines but then was customised.

The plane has a 30-seat dining room on board, along with other amenities.

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title=”The Cars”
content=”Abramovich owns a $2.2 million Ferrari FXX — one of only 30 built.

He also owns:

  • a modified Porsche Carrera GT,
  • Bugatti Veryron,
  • Maserati MC12 Corsa,
  • a Ferrari 360, and
  • a couple of bullet- and bomb-proof Maybach 62 limousines.


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title=”Chelsea Soccer Club”
content=”Roman picked up Chelsea Football Club for $233 million in 2003.”
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title=”Modern Art Collection”
content=”Roman has just started collecting art…but he’s off to a good start.

Two years ago, he paid $86.3 million for Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, which now ranks as the most expensive contemporary artwork ever sold at auction.

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title=”Modern Art Collection”
content=”OK, around the same time, he also purchased Lucian Freud’s 1995 nude portrait, ‘Benefits Supervisior Sleeping,’ for $33.6 million.

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title=”Fyning Hill (Divorce Settlement)”
content=”Roman used to own a 420-acre West Sussex estate called Fyning Hill, but that went to ex-wife Irina (and their five children) — along with $300 million — after their 2007 divorce.

By the way, Roman’s first wife Olga married him when he was a penniless student in 1987. She was then dumped to make room for Irina in 1990.”
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title=”Moon Estate”
content=”Roman gave his girlfriend Daria Zhukova (a model, natch) the moon last year, or at least 100 acres of it.

He made the purchase through the Lunar Embassy, and dropped just over $2,508 for the plot. An acre on the moon costs only $22.49, plus the company charges $12.95 shipping for every 5 deeds.

Zhukova, who Roman started dating while still married to his second wife, is pregnant with the couple’s first child — the sixth for Abramovich.”
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title=”But wait! How did Roman make his money? And how did he lose $20 billion?”
content=”We thought you’d never ask!

Like the other Russian oligarchs, Roman Abramovich made most of his billions when Russia handed out the commodity goodies. In his case, it was plastic toys, oil, aluminium, and a host of other businesses.

And how did Roman (briefly) lose an estimated $20 billion? When the world economy crashed last year. Read about it in:

The Biggest Losers: Russian Oligarch Edition >
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