Telegram’s billionaire founder, Pavel Durov, is renting a stunning five-bedroom villa on Dubai’s Jumeirah Islands for $1 million annual rent.

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Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of the messaging app Telegram has posted himself to one of Dubai’s swankiest neighborhoods. The Russia-born billionaire has rented a luxurious five-bedroom villa on Jumeirah Islands. The 15,000-square-foot property is part of a lavish community comprising interconnected islands featuring an artificial saltwater lake. Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? It indeed is! A source revealed that the businessman is splurging $1 million on annual rent, which takes the rent to nearly $85,000 monthly.

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Apparently, Durov’s deal is considered one of Jumeirah Islands’ priciest-ever rental deals. Jumeirah Islands consist of 46 clusters, including 16 villas. The stunning villas each feature a private pool and garden. The community enjoys amenities like a lavish clubhouse with two restaurants, a gym, a salon, and a barbershop.

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Pavel Durov in Jumeirah, Dubai.Via Instagram / @durov

The 38-year-old Russian Mark Zuckerberg, who enjoys an Instagram following of 856k, posted several pictures enjoying his new, posh address, ‘Should I start posting photos here more often?’ The man who follows an ascetic lifestyle has given followers a generous doze of his life in Dubai. From riding horses to posing in the dunes and even relaxing in the pool, Dubai is indeed turning out to be a suitable home for the billionaire.

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Telegram founder Pavel Durov leads an ascetic lifestyle-
The tech entrepreneur was born in St Petersburg in Soviet Russia. The intellectual first created a social network in Russia called Vkontakte in 2006. He eventually sold the network with a 12% stake in the company for $300 million in 2015 to early Facebook investor Alisher Usmanov. He soon left his homeland and secured citizenship of the Caribbean island nation Saint Kitts and Nevis. Telegram launched in 2013 and in a short span, became very popular, going on to be the most downloaded app of 2021. In the same year in October, a whopping 70 million users joined on a single day. Forbes lists Durov’s net worth at $15.1 billion, who moved to Dubai in 2017 and relocated Telegram’s operations to an office in Dubai’s Media City.

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