Washington, United States
With news that Bill and Melinda Gates would be filing divorce after nearly three decades of marriage, it left many people wondering what would become of their landmark estate on Lake Washington. The private residence is in the Bellevue area of Washington State and built into the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington. Nicknamed Xanadu 2.0, the 66,000 square foot residence was designed and built by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler Anderson Architects over a span of 7 years. It’s rumoured to have cost $63 million to build, and in 2009 the total assessed value was $147.5 million, bringing the taxes that year to $1.063 million. The architect’s website notes that it integrates environmental sensitivity with an elaborate program and advanced computer technology.
The estate offers a variety of one-of-a-kind spaces including a sun-drenched 60-foot indoor swimming pool, a 2,500 square foot gym, 1,000 square foot dining room, and heated flooring & driveways. Puget Sound Business Journal reported that each year Microsoft holds a charity auction with goods and services donated by Microsoft employees. Gates’ offered a tour of this private home which went for $35,000. Bill Gates net worth in 2012 was $61 billion. Nine years later, that sum has skyrocketed to $130.4 billion. Cover photo by David Oppenheimer on Flickr.