Friday, December 4, 2009

Worlds Most Expensive Homes

World's Most Expensive Homes - Top Ten List

$150 million The Manor
Los Angeles, Calif.

Built by Candy and Aaron Spelling, this 4.7-acre estate rests flat land in Holmby Hills. Its numerous entertaining salons feature Palladian windows and views of the property's gardens and landscaping. A grand staircase greets guests who enter the foyer, and a fountain sits in the center of the circular driveway.

It is listed with Jeff Hyland from Hilton & Hyland Real Estate and Sally Forster Jones from Coldwell Banker Previews International.

$125 million Fleur De Lys
Los Angeles, Calif.

Suzanne Saperstein's Beverly Hills estate is modeled after Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. The 45,000-square-foot home took five years to build following Saperstein's accumulation of five acres during the 1990s. Should strolling the grounds bore you, there is a 50-seat screening room and a library. A nine-car garage completes the home's luxurious amenities.

For more information, contact Joyce Rey at Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills or Robert Kass at Hilton & Hyland Real Estate.

$117 million Updown Court
Windlesham, Surrey

Said to be larger than both Buckingham or Hampton Court palace, this 103-room home has 58 acres of gardens and woodlands. Several ballrooms and grand entrance ways punctuate Updown Court, which has a panic room, an indoor squash court, bowling alley, 50-seat cinema, helipads, space for eight limousines and a heated marble driveway. Marble bathrooms are nice, but some would say indoor spas, Jacuzzis and pools with views of the grounds are better.

For more information, contact Savills, Beauchamp Estates or Hamptons International.

$100 million  Albemarle House
Charlottesville, Va.

The $100 million Albemarle House is another newcomer to the list. Situated on 300 acres, and neighboring Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland, the eight-bedroom Georgian home was designed by architect/designer David Easton. Also on the property: a barn, three-car garage and guest house.

It is listed with Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby's Realty.

 $100 million Tranquility
Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Conveniently on the tax-free Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, this 210-acre property--Tranquility--is owned by Joel Horowitz, the co-founder of Tommy Hilfiger, who built the property from scratch. The main house has 20,000 square feet of living space, is modeled after a northern European mountain home and has a 3,500-bottle wine cellar. An indoor swimming pool and atrium, as well as a 19-seat movie theater, ensure constant entertainment, even if snowed in.

For more information contact Shari Chase at Chase International.

$76 million Villa La Palladiana
Cap d'Ail, France

This south-facing property offers numerous terraces and balconies upon which to look out over Cap Ferrat. Each of the home's nine suites includes a bathroom. Buyers of the villa will find a tiered garden, outdoor pool and indoor pool, sauna, and fitness center.

It is listed with John Taylor S.A. of St. Jean Cap Ferrat.

$75 million New York, N.Y.

This 45-foot-wide neo-Italian Renaissance mansion was commissioned in 1922 and was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert. The five-floor, 21,000 square-foot property features a limestone façade and a garden. A large entrance foyer leads to a reception hall and large-scaled rooms, many with original details including hand-carved moldings and high ceilings.

It is listed with Sotheby's International Realty--East Side Manhattan Brokerage.

$75 million Hummingbird Ranch
Simi Valley, Calif.

This 123-acre equestrian estate was built in 2004. Its 17,000-square-foot Revival-style mansion was designed by Richard Robertson. The property includes six guest houses, 10 staff houses, equestrian facilities and a helipad.

It is listed with Drew Mandile of Sotheby's International Realty--Beverly Hills Brokerage.

$74 million Cielo de Bonaire
Mallorca, Spain

This property rests on a hillside between Alcúdia and Pollensa. In addition to panoramic views, the home includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a guest house, private elevator and a helipad. A tennis court and spa round out the property's amenities.

It is listed with Mallorca Sotheby's Realty

$72 million Los Angeles, Calif.

Located in Bel-Air, this 10-bedroom, 14-bathroom 48,000-square-foot home has three stories offering 280-degree views of the city and surrounding mountains. The 2.2-acre property is landscaped and features a 1,000 foot-long, 36-foot high Jerusalem stone wall.

It is listed with Joyce Rey of Coldwell Bankers Preview International.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

India's Top ten Richest Person

The Top Ten Richest Person in India

1 Mukesh Ambani
Net Worth: $32 billion
Age: 52
Marital Status: Married, 3 children
Hometown: Mumbai

2 Lakshmi Mittal
Net Worth: $30 billion
Age: 59
Marital Status: Married, 2 children
Hometown: London

3 Anil Ambani
Net Worth: $17.5 billion
Age: 50
Marital Status: Married, 2 children
Hometown: Mumbai

4 Azim Premji
Net Worth: $14.9 billion
Age: 64
Marital Status: Married, 2 children
Hometown: Bangalore

5 Shashi & Ravi Ruia
Net Worth: $13.6 billion
Age: 65/60
Marital Status: Married, 2 children/Married, 2 children
Hometown: Mumbai

6 Kushal Pal Singh
Net Worth: $13.5 billion
Age: 78
Marital Status: Married, 3 children
Hometown: Delhi

7 Savitri Jindal
Net Worth: $12 billion
Age: 59
Marital Status: Widowed, 9 children
Hometown: Hisar/Delhi 

8 Sunil Mittal
Net Worth: $8.2 billion
Age: 52
Marital Status: Married, 3 children
Hometown: Delhi

9 Kumar Birla
Net Worth: $7.8 billion
Age: 42
Marital Status: Married, 3 children
Hometown: Mumbai

10 Gautam Adani
Net Worth: $6.4 billion
Age: 47
Marital Status: Married, 2 children
Hometown: Ahmedabad

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Worlds 10 Largest Shopping Malls

The World's Largest Malls

1. South China Mall

Dongguan, China
Opened: 2005
Gross Leasable Area: 7.1 million square feet

In the Chinese mall arms race, this facility opened a year after the Golden Resources Mall to displace it as the country's--and the world's--largest. The space includes wind mills and theme parks, plus a replica of the Arc de Triomphe.

2. Golden Resources

Beijing, China
Opened: 2004
Gross Leasable Area: 6 million square feet

Not sprawling, this is a stacked-up, five-story mall. Approximately 1,000 stores, selling plenty of familiar global brands like Nike and DKNY. A truly ambitious real estate project, with new apartments and offices, surrounds the mall. A tough location outside the heart of the city has resulted in disappointing traffic from foreign tourists.

3. SM Mall of Asia

Pasay City, Philippines
Opened: 2006
Gross Leasable Area: 4.2 million square feet

Includes the first Olympic-sized swimming pool and first IMAX theater in the Philippines. Spread over four buildings, customers can get around on a 20-seat tram.

4. Dubai Mall

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opened: 2008
Gross Leasable Area: 3.8 million square feet

Shopping is done at 440,000 square foot Fashion Avenue, which houses elite and mid-level fashion names alike. An aquarium, ice rink and five-star hotel are also on hand to accommodate an expected 30 million visitors in the mall's inaugural year.

5. Cevahir Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
Opened: 2005
Gross Leasable Area: 3.8 million square feet

Europe's largest shopping mall has a roller coaster, wave pool and several IMAX theaters.

6. West Edmonton Mall
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Opened: 1981
Gross Leasable Area: 3.8 million square feet

The biggest in North America, the West Edmonton Mall has over 800 stores, along with attractions like a water park, skating rink, casino and rides.

7. SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Opened: 1991
Gross Leasable Area: 3.6 million square feet

Fun stuff includes bowling, ice skating and a 12-screen movie theater, along with traditional mall fare like arcade games. Customers can also get a haircut or see a doctor at the Manila clinic.

8. Berjaya Times Square

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opened: 2005
Gross Leasable Area: 3.4 million square feet

Built with an adjacent hotel and convention center. In addition to over 1,000 retail shops, the mall includes a 12-story-high roller coaster, plus a pool, skating rink and "Cosmo's World," a children's theme park.

9.Eastwood Mall Complex

Youngstown, Ohio
Opened: 1969
Gross Leasable Area: 3.2 million square feet

A throwback of mostly major department stores and chain eateries. But still one of the biggest.

10.SM City N. Edsa

Quezon City, Philippines
Opened: 1985
Gross Leasable Area: 3 million square feet

The first major "mega mall" built by SM Prime Holdings, which now claims three of the largest 10 in the world. It's a five-story complex that boasts over 100 retail outlets and restaurants, along with 12 cinemas, a bowling alley and skating rink. An IMAX theater could be added soon.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

World’s Top Ten Yacht Owners

What’s a billionaire to do when the thrill of the private jet wanes? Head for the open sea in one of the new deluxe leviathans of the oceans – the bigger, the better.....

1. Sheikh Mohammed bin : Rashid Al Maktoum – Dubai, 525ft, was originally commissioned by the Prince of Brunei but construction stopped when his funds ran out. Sheikh Mohammed took over construction, and created the largest existing yacht.

Dubai, 525ft

2. Roman Abramovich : Pelorus, 377ft, Ecstasea, 282ft, Le Grand Bleu, 370ft. Eclipse is under construction at the moment, and at 550ft will replace the Dubai as the largest yacht in the world.
Pelorus, 377ft

Ecstasea, 282ft

Le Grand Bleu, 370ft

3. Larry Ellison : After having Rising Sun, 453ft, for only ten days, Ellison considered selling it: “I do still think it’s excessive. It is absolutely excessive. No question about it. But it’s amazing what you can get used to.”

Rising Sun, 453ft

4. Paul Allen : Octopus 417ft, Tatoosh 302ft. When completed, the Octopus had no berth, so Allen bought another yacht, Hanse, 162ft, in order to acquire a parking spot in the much coveted Yacht Club Marina in Antibes. Related Links

Octopus 417ft

Tatoosh 302ft

5. Tom Perkins : Maltese Falcon, 289ft. Unlike most superyacht owners, Perkins, former husband of author Danielle Steel, has been sailing all his life and the Maltese Falcon was designed by him to be the fastest sailing superyacht in the world.

Maltese Falcon, 289ft

6. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal : Kingdom 5KR, 282ft, was formerly owned by Donald Trump and was bought by the Prince for $18 million. After a complete refurbishment it is now rumoured to be worth $100 million.

Kingdom 5KR, 282ft

7. Philip Green : Lionheart 206ft. A yacht twice as big is under construction and his friends have apparently nicknamed the giant cruiser-to-be “Billion Dollar Baby”.

Lionheart 206ft

8. Bill Joy : Ethereal, 190ft, under construction (computer rendering left). Joy is the co-founder of Sun Microsystem, and has been dubbed “the Edison of the internet”. The Ethereal is his first yacht and set to be the most ecologically sound boat in history, as designed by Ron Holland.

Ethereal, 190ft

9. Valentino : TM Blue One, 152ft. The initials TM stand for his parents’ names, Theresa and Mauro.

TM Blue One, 152ft

10. Lakshmi Mittal : Approached by Larry Ellison when the latter was considering selling the Rising Sun, as he was one of the few people who could afford it, but Mittal opted to build his own, which is now under construction, shrouded in mystery and rumoured to be bigger than any of the others on this list.

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