The Story Behind One Of The Most Expensive Home Sales In Modern History...300 MILLION!! When #chateaulouisxiv , an ostentatious 17th-century-styled #French#palace on the outskirts of #Paris, sold for $300 #million in 2015, it was widely believed to be the most #expensivehomes sale in modern #history.
The #chateau had the expected immoderate touchings of #Parisian#royalty, with #gold fountains, #marble#statues and elaborate #gardens lining the 57-acre #property. But the new development also featured the trappings of the 21st century — modern elevators, smartphone-controlled amenities, a moat and #aquarium, his-and-her nightclubs, several lounges and #pools.
At the time when it was reported 2 years ago of the sale, it was not known who purchased the palace. Now, it turns out that the paper trail leads to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne and the driving force behind a series of bold policies transforming Saudi Arabia and shaking up the Middle East.
The 2015 purchase appears to be one of several #extravagant acquisitions — including a $500 million #yacht and a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting — by a #prince who is leading a sweeping crackdown on corruption and self-enrichment by the Saudi elite and preaching fiscal austerity at home.
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