Bill Gates is worth $79.2 billion. Let that sink in for a minute. With all that money, he kind of had to have an impressive crib.
Located in Medina, Washington, the Bill Gates estate took 7 years and a whole lot of money to build, and it shows.
The good thing about it is, despite dishing out on the latest and the greatest indulgences, he’s also tried to keep his home as eco-friendly and green as possible.
At 66,000 square feet, the home is absolutely massive, and it’s loaded to the brim with high-tech details.
We have gathered some amazing facts and over-the-top features of Bill Gates home Xanadu 2.0 here in this video.
1/13 With a net worth of $89.5 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. It shouldn’t be too surprising then that Microsoft’s former boss also owns an ‘insanely extravagant’ home.
It took Gates seven years and $63 million to build his Medina estate also named ‘Xanadu 2.0’ after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane, the title character of ‘Citizen Kane’.
2/13 The house uses its natural surroundings to reduce heat loss. Xanadu 2.0 is an ‘earth-sheltered’ house, meaning that it’s built into its surroundings to regulate temperature more efficiently.
3/13 The artwork on walls can be changed with just the touch of a button. Situated around the house are $80,000 worth of computer screens. Anyone can make the screens display their favorite paintings or photographs, which are stored on devices worth $150,000.
4/13 The pool also has its own underwater music system. The 60-foot pool is in its own separate, 3,900-square-foot building — the large brown building in the photo above.
People swim underneath a glass wall to come up to a terrace area on the outside.
There’s also a locker room with four showers and two baths.
5/13 There’s a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling, no word on how big the trampoline is, but we can imagine it would be a fun alternative to your standard exercise routine.
The exercise facilities total 2,500 square feet and also include a sauna, steam room, and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms.
6/13 The house has 24 bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths, those bathrooms would definitely be useful if Gates were throwing such a big party. Otherwise, it seems a little over the top.
7/13 An enormous library houses a manuscript Gates paid more than $30m for, the 2,100-square-foot library has a dome roof and two secret bookcases, including one that reveals a hidden bar.
On the ceiling you’ll find a quote from "The Great Gatsby" that reads: "He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it."
The library is also home to the Codex Leicester, a 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at auction for $30.8 million in 1994.
8/13 The house’s garages can accommodate up to 23 cars, there are several different garages at different points around the property. The most interesting one, however, is an underground cave made out of concrete and stainless steel.
That garage alone can park 10 cars. Some of the concrete was purposely broken to give it a rough, "deconstructivist" look.
9/13 Gate’s has a favorite tree that is monitored electronically 24 hours a day. He reportedly became fond of a 40-year-old maple tree that grew close to the home’s driveway. It’s monitored by computer, and if at any point it becomes too dry, water is automatically pumped into it.
A high-tech sensor system allows a guest to monitor lighting and climate of the room they are present in. If a guest arrives in the guest house, they are handed over a pin that is responsive to sensors.
10/13 An artificial stream is kept stocked with fish.The stream and wetland estuary were created to solve any problems with runoff that the property’s large walls might have created.
The water is kept stocked with salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout.
11/13 The sand on Gates’ beach is imported from Caribbean, the lakefront shore contains sand that’s delivered in large quantities by a barge from St. Lucia each year.
12/13 Someone once paid $35,000 just to tour the house. Microsoft holds an auction each year, where employees donate products and services to be bid on.
Gates has donated private tours of Xanadu 2.0 in the past. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a Microsoft employee once won the tour with a bid of $35,000.
13/13 Its worth at least $124 million today, according to the King County public assessor’s office.
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