Ever since Carlos Slim Helu became the first non-American to take the number one position in Forbes list of world’s richest men, he has never missed to make it to the headlines. Living up to his newfound status, the Mexican tycoon recently made a purchase that ensured him a mention in the headlines. The news making purchase was a new house that the billionaire purchased in New York. According to public records, the tycoon has shelled out a cool $44 million to buy the Duke-Semans mansion, a beaux-arts townhouse directly across from the Met. This enormous is the most paid for any New York home in nearly two years.
Located in the corner of Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, on New York’s vaunted “Museum Mile,” the mansion had an asking price of $50 million and is sure to make a perfect abode for any wealthy tycoon. The mansion was sold to the tycoon by its previous owner Tamir Sapir, who made a cool 10% profit from this sale.
It is reported that the broker Del Nunzio was sidelined in this sale as Helu and Sapir agreed to the deal privately. Spreading across a cool 19,500 square feet, the house with magnificent exteriors is just as lovely on the inside (although it needs some work on the inside). Comprised of a five-story main residence, a penthouse duplex on top, 12 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and 11 wood-burning fireplaces, this house truly befits its new owner.