Top 5 Most Luxurious Houses
#4. Villa Leopolda, France
This $750 million Villa Leopolda in Villefranche-sur-Mer was built for King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902. The estate is so big that it needs 50 full time gardeners to maintain it. The grounds cover 20 acres of garden and visitors can stroll amongst 1,200 olive, orange, lemon and cypress trees. Now former owner Lily Safra decided to sell it in 2008 and the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov set his eyes on this luxurious home. He paid ten per cent down-payment, but then backed out of the sale after the global credit crunch hit. The court in Nice ruled that he had to forfeit the rest $75 million deposit he put down for the mansion. The misfortune of Prokhorov was that he had signed a sales agreement for the Villa, and French law stipulates that purchasers lose their deposits if they pull out after such an agreement has been executed. Don’t worry, the man wasn’t left poor because he had remained with $17.85 billion in bank.