#1 – Picture #1 – Billionaire Larry Ellison, founder of the Oracle Corporation, has purchased the 249-acre Rancho Mirage, CA estate known as Porcupine Creek. The estate boasts an amazing 19-hole golf course and resort style settings. Larry splurged a whopping $42,900,000 on the home and according to the lastest edition of Forbes, Larry is the 5th richest person in the world with a net worth of $39.5 billion! If you didn’t already know, the magnificent Porcupine Creek estate was built and owned by former billionaire Tim Blixseth. Tim put the home on the market for $75,000,000 back in 2008 and then lowered it to $55,000,000.

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#2 – Picture #2 – Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, recently purchased a $12.2 million dollar beach front estate  in North Palm Beach, FL just ten miles from Tiger’s new $60 million mega estate. The 17,000 square foot mansion boasts 8 bedroom suites and a 4,700 square foot basement.

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#3 – Picture #3 – The historic Woolworth Mansion, located at 4 East 80th Street, is on the market for a whopping $90,000,000, which currently makes it the most expensive property for sale in Manhattan. The mansion was one of three dwellings built in the early 1900s by the late discount store billionaire Frank Winfield Woolworth for his daughters. The 35-foot-wide French Gothic mansion boasts a limestone facade, 18,000 square feet of living space, 7 floors, elevator, 35-foot-wide library, formal dining room with room for 50 guests, a parlor floor with 14-foot-high ceilings, 10 bedrooms, 11 and a half bathrooms and three kitchens. The property can also be rented out for a whopping $210,000 per month.

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#4 – Picture #4 – The remaining 13 finalists on the latest season of American Idol have moved into this $12 million estate located at 12300 Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. It boasts 15,000 square feet of living space with 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It was previously used as the house in which the contestants on the reality show, Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch, lived in .

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  • Chance

    One day I will be so rich I will hire Larry Ellison to be my pool boy and Bill Gates to cut the lawn 😀

    With that being said, how much real estate does Ellison own? It has to be somewhere in the $500 million range at this point right?




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  • Venom

    So basically Ellison spent the equivalent of $10 to you and I on this house. lol
    He must have been bored and did not know what to do that day.

    Elin’s house as far as I know is supposed to be actually 9,000 square feet and I would like to know how she accomplished a basement in Florida.
    I have yet to see one in a house there yet, especially South Florida.

    The Woolworth Mansion would be definitely something to see.




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  • Barney

    You knowm, you guys……….it’s common knowledge that I adore all things that are WELL DONE mid-century, artistic, beautiful, well made, historically accurate, with a genuines historical lineage, blah blah blah…………BUUUUUUT.

    With regard to people who have the TRULY INCOMPREHENSIBLE amounts of money like Ellison, and alllllllll his real estate, posessions, etc. etc. etc., doesn’t it make your head spin just contemplating it? I (hope, at least) that I might read that some of you agree that it’s a fact that there have never been SO few people in this country with SO much wealth as now. I MEAN, how many F*CKING properties does one unmarried, childless man need?!?! Don’t care if anyone thinks I sound like a Socialist, ’cause I’m really not, but it kinda’ turns’ my stomach. I’ve never heard of any Ellisons’ notabkle charity donations or anything like it….have you?




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    • Daniel

      Not that I like Ellison or admire him in any way, but I feel I should play devil’s advocate for a bit:

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704017904575409193790337162.html

      And I kinda sorta agree with you in terms of all the properties and possessions he owns, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t enjoy all the material things he has.




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      • Barney

        Hey, Dan, you’re being honest. I personally wouldn’t want 3/4 of what he owns. Just TRYING to spread out your time throughout each year, trying to spend what you think are the appropriate amounts of time in each home to make spending those mind-bending amounts of money worth it, is enough to make my head permanently spin.




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  • Barney

    Sorry….forgot to comment on the Woolworth townhouse…..(forget the three others……worthless to me)…..it’s clinically insane as far as it’s price and it’s non existent level of practicality of living, but it is architecturally, interior design wise and construction-wise ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. Just the pic of the breath taking foyer is mind-boggling enough…..I can only imagine what the rest of the mansion is like. It should be a museum, paying homage to the unbelievable Gilded Age, but like I’ve said before, NO “home” ON EARTH is worth (what I think is) the gdp of a small country.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    The Woolworth townhome that is on sale (and the two other Woolworth townhomes that flank it) are all beautiful and impeccably furnished, but I have my doubts about the price. Let’s see what it sells for eventually. There’s a lot of very expensive real estate that is either still on sale or has been withdrawn from sale in the bedbug capital of the world aka New York City in this recession. It is going to be a while before prices reach their peak pre-recession levels. Not NYC’s fault, this, but it is something that has affected other financial centers as well including Chicago and London with the possible exclusion of Hongkong and God alone knows how long their prices will hold.




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  • Stewie

    Ellison isn’t particularly savvy in real estate, we all know that. His estate in Woodside cost him over 200 million to build and is probably worth less than 50 million. Call me crazy but spending over 40 million for something in Palm Springs is just totally not worth it either. Yes the house is pretty amazing and has a lot of land, but it’s Palm Springs! It’s not Beverly Hills, it’s not the Hamptons, it’s not Palm Beach, it’s not Aspen. It’s a place where basically all homes go for between 1 and 10 million so paying over 4 times that is a bit…well….unrealistic. If Ellison sold it, I think he’d be lucky to get 25 for it. But whatever, if your worth over 35 billion, then this is absolute peanuts. You’ll probably make that in interest in a DAY. It’s truly crazy how rich some people are. Ellison, give the money to ME if you don’t want it 😛




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  • Grrrowler

    The only house out of these that interests me is the Woolworth mansion. It’s unassuming from the outside, although it’s huge, but the location is spectacular, being half a block from the Met. I’ve walked by this place numerous times but never knew what it looked like inside until it came on the market recently. The decor is definitely exuberant, but it works for this place. I’m not sure it will ever sell for anywhere near its asking price; there is another UES townhouse, albeit smaller, that’s been on the market for quite some time for (I believe) $75 million and it’s showing no signs of being sold soon. Even Carlos Slim paid “only” $44 million for 1009 5th, and it’s larger than this house, although it needs several million dollars worth of interior work to make it livable. The Harkness mansion sold for $53 million in 2006, when the real estate market was a very different place, and it was also larger than the Woolworth mansion. We’ll see I guess…

    If anyone is interested in several pictures and videos of Winfield Hall, FW Woolworth’s Long Island mansion that has been on and off the market recently, look here: http://www.oldlongisland.com/search/label/Winfield%20Hall




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    • j

      Well actually, High end real estate has improved alot in the last year.




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      • Barney

        Really? From what source did you hear that? And what area of the country? The variables are in the thousands.




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        • j

          I have heard it from all over. NEw York city has picked up as well as Beverly hills. Yahoo! has posted a lot about that. Also, the stock market is up to around what it was before the financial meltdown And when that happens, the rich spend




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          • Grrrowler

            But things are not back to their 2006 levels, which was pretty much the height of the market. The trend in super-high-end real estate today seems to be to ask an astronomical price for a property, more than would have been asked 5 years ago, and then eventually take a much lower, more realistic, price. Maybe it’s done to generate interest in the place initially.




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          • Stewie

            J, I’m mixed on that. Things are still pretty sluggish, there has been a slow pick up, but it almost appears that it’s fine for a month and then it all goes quiet again for half a year. We’re definitely no where near 2007 levels. It’s still going to take several years. The excess of those days is not going to come so quickly again. For one thing, much of the high property prices were driven by Russians when they Russian economy switched from Communism to Capitalism and some people got incredibly wealthy. That switch has now happened, so the new wealth is likely to come from Brazil, India and China but it’s not going to be as explosive as Russia was. It’ll still take several years to get back to how it was pre-recession. John D. Rockefeller once said that the economy always picks up again and that new wealth will always be created, so it will come, but it’s still a few years off.




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  • Oliver

    I would love to be able to drop 43M large on a freaking huge compound and have it be a drop in the bucket….. if only… I bet that place would be so much fun.

    Elin’s house isn’t bad, but like Daniel said… why not spend the money on something a little nicer or maybe build new.

    I would love to see more of the interior of Woolworth mansion, it looks really nice and totally does give the russians a run for their money… $90M is ALOT! and 18,000sf out of 35′ wide is intense lol guess thats why theres 7 stories.

    no, just no. ugly, dumb… no.




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  • Kyle

    I LOVE those marble columns with the gold-guilt capitals in the Woolworth home!! Also the wood paneling in that room that is in the distance looks very nice.




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  • Kyle

    And to use the word I just learned from Dominick Dunne’s book “People Like Us” that I just finished reading, that banister is DEE-VINE! 😀




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