There are 7.6 billion people in the world but only 2,754 are billionaires. This exclusive circle of the world’s richest people is a dream of many, but only a few will ever get to taste the good life. For Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, the life that comes with earning billions has its own share of highs and lows. But while the oligarch is still embroiled in an epic legal battle with Yves Bouvier, a Swiss art dealer that allegedly overpriced more than 38 art pieces that he bought from him within 10 years, Rybolovlev’s properties are undeniably some of the best that money can buy.
Maison de L’Amitie
In 2008, Rybolovlev and his then wife were reportedly seen house hunting in New York City, as reported by The New York Times. But after the seller withdrew from a deal for an apartment at 15 Central Park West, the billionaire set his eyes on purchasing his first property in the US in Florida. American businessman and now president Donald Trump was selling his estate in Palm Beach then and Rybolovlev grabbed the chance to own a piece of his estate right away—and for good reason. Maison de L’Amitie is a 60,000 square foot estate by the beach with a 30.5-meter long pool, bulletproof windows and a garage that can accommodate more than 80 cars. It has 18 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, 3 guest cottages and a giant ballroom for those luxurious parties fit for billionaires and their equally rich guests. And with its former owner known to have a taste for opulence, the estate is filled with marble, mahogany, granite and furnishing draped in gold and diamonds. Rybolovlev didn’t think twice about purchasing the property and in that same year, a trust under his daughter Ekaterina’s name sealed the deal at a whopping $95 million.
15 Central Park West
After spending a hefty $95 million for Donald Trump’s mansion, Rybolovlev was still determined to get his first property in New York. He did get what he wanted a few years back in December 2011 when he purchased a 6,740 square feet, 10-bedroom apartment in 15 Central Park West from Joan Weill, the wife of Citigroup’s former chairman Sanford Weill. Of course, Rybolovlev made the purchase in true billionaire style by setting the record for the most expensive apartment in New York at $88 million.
On the same year, Rybolovlev also acquired a three-bedroom house in Kauai, Hawaii formerly owned by actor Will Smith. Although this property is nothing compared to Donald Trump’s mansion, it is still an enviable piece of heaven in one of the best places in the world. This property didn’t come without accusations, however, since Rybolovlev’s ex-wife Elena claimed that he made these purchases to hide money from her, especially during their divorce. But Rybolovlev has denied the allegations and these purchases were made under the trusts of his two daughters Anna and Ekaterina. 21 acres were added to this property over the years and in 2015, it was put on the market for $29.5 million.
As if three properties were not enough, a trust under Ekaterina also bought companies from Athina Onassis Roussel, a Greek heiress. This purchase included a 74-acre island called Skorpios and an islet called Sparti and was priced at $154 million. Rybolovlev started transforming this island late last year with the goal of turning it into a luxury resort by 2020.
La Belle Epoque
After spending many years in Russia and Switzerland where he moved his family amidst death threats, Rybolovlev finally decided to relocate to Monaco, the playground of billionaires. And he did not just move into this luxurious country, he did it in true billionaire style by purchasing La Belle Epoque, a 2,000 square meter penthouse apartment on the Avenue d’Ostende in Monte Carlo. Rybolovlev paid more than $300 million for the property that was formerly owned by Brazilian banker Edmond Safra who died in a fire at the apartment in 1990 and Nick and Christian Candy who own a well-known design and property business.
To complete Rybolovlev’s impressive collection of properties are two houses in Gstaad, an alpine resort in Switzerland where he and his family lived for many years. He and his wife Elena also owned a property in Geneva that they demolished in 2008 with plans on turning it into a replica of the palace of Marie-Antoinette at the Palace of Versailles. But this ambitious project was abandoned after the couple split and filed for a divorce.