What does owning a house that is touted as the most expensive in the world, with 20 acres of grounds with hundreds of olive, cypress and lemon trees tended by 50 gardeners mean? It means it’s not yours for sure and if it’s yours, then you are that anonymous Russian buyer, who lives in this truly incredible house. I hope to call it a house isn’t a massive understatement. A month ago we heard rumors that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had bought the world’s most expensive house on the French Riviera. Very obviously the buyer is incorrect but the house has been sold and for over $750 million. The house in question is Villa Leopolda, a Belle Époque mansion in Villefranche on the Côte d’Azur. The home is owned by Lily Safra, the widow of Edmond Safra, a Lebanese banker who was killed by an arsonist’s fire in Monaco in 2003. A few years ago it was rumored that the house had been bought by Bill Gates and this house is one of the most prized pieces of real estate in the world.
This villa has always been in the limelight which was also home to King Leopold II of Belgium and also once owned by Fiat tycoon, Gianni Agnelli. And now it is touted as the most expensive in the world. Incredible!