Nov 11, 2010
We recently wrote about Why Facebook’s billionaire Zuckerberg rents.
Here’s some highlights…
1. Bill Gates, Microsoft
Medina, WA (photo below)
Medina, WA (photo below)
Gates is probably the best-known entrepreneur of the personal computer revolution. He is the founder of Microsoft and was the world’s wealthiest person from 1995 to 2009. Gates lives in a large earth-sheltered mansion in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The 66,000 sq ft house is noted for the technology it incorporates; 100 microcomputers throughout the house monitor its inhabitants and ensure their comfortability by adjusting temperature and music to their individual tastes. The home is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0. and is valued at about US $147.5 million.
Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA (photo below)
Steve Jobs is may be Silicon Valley’s greatest present-day visionary. He is the co-founder and CEO of Apple. When taking a break from designing iPads, iPhones, and iTunes, Jobs chills out in his Palo Alto 1930s Tudor-style home. The 5,768-sq ft house sits rests on over a half acre and includes 7 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
Jobs is also homeowner to a historic, Spanish colonial home in Woodside, CA. Originally built in the 1929 for copper mining mogul Daniel Jackling, Jobs purchased the home in 1984. Since 2001, however, Jobs has been fighting preservationists in an attempt to tear down and replace the 30-room mansion with a more modern home. According to businessinsider.com, Jobs was recently given to permission to bulldoze the Spanish mansion. Check out
Evan Williams, Twitter
San Francisco, CA (photo below)
Evan Williams was founder and former CEO of Twitter. His more minor accomplishment is launching the website Blogger which was acquired by Google and popularizing the term “blog“. Williams’ most recently moved was from a SoMa penthouse to a Noe Valley property in San Francisco. He purchased the home for $2.4 million.
Larry Page, Google
Atherton, CA (photo below)
Bloggers got excited when they first realized one of the founders of Google’s own home had been snooped by his own creation Google Street view. Gawker wrote, “Palo Alto is one of the cities for which Google has walkthrough maps. Sure enough, the 1930s home of Larry Page, one of Google’s billionaire founders, was captured. It’s poetic justice: the snooper, snooped. Here’s the gatehouse of the quirky complex, a California Arts-and-Crafts masterpiece, and with Gaudiesque touches added by the Spanish architect. By the way, as charming as Page’s property is, I hear the wiring was in terrible condition and, because of the building’s landmark status, couldn’t be easily ripped out.”