Address: 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, Washington, USA -
Owners company: Microsoft -
It took seven years and US$ 66.5 million to build the house.
He lives with his wife Melinda in a large house in Seattle Washington. The addres is 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina. His house is an earth sheltered home. It is built on a hill in King County Medina. It is overlooking Lake Washington.
According to the county’s 2018 tax records the house has a value of USD 127.5 million. The annual tax bill (property tax) for the house is US$ 1.1 million.
The house is legally owned by a company named Watermark Estate Management Services LLC. This company holds more personal assets of Gates. Tour Bill Gates house with photos and video’s.
1. Construction started: 1988.
2. Construction Finished: 1994.
3. Construction costs: US$ 66.5 million (source: tax records).
4. Value (2018) : US$ 127.484.000 million (source: tax records).
5. Architects: James Curtler Architects + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
6. Architectural style: Pacific lodge.
7. Land area: 224,334 sq ft (20.841 sq meter).
8. Above ground living area (AGLA): 48.160 sq ft (4.474 sq meter).
9. Bedrooms: 7.
The house is referred to as Xanadu 2.0. Xanadu is the fictional estate of Charles Foster Kane. He is the title character of the film Citizen Kane (1941). The estate derives its name from the ancient city of Xanadu. Xanadu is known for its splendor.
The house is known for its technology. The house features home automation with a central computer. The computer is adjusting lighting, temperature and music when a guest enters a room.
With a net worth of US$ 90 billion he can easily afford such house.
The house is graded as an Exceptional Property. Lake Washington is a large freshwater lake near the city of Seattle. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington.
According to BusinessInsider the house has computer screens throughout the house. The screens are displaying art or photos. The reception hall can accommodate up to 200 guests.
The house’ tax bill:
The house’s garages can accommodate 23 cars. You can find some (interior) photos and engineering details of the 1,900 square-
The house’ library is very large. It houses the Codex Leicester. It is a Manuscript written by Leonardo DaVinci. The Codex has a value of more than US$ 30 million. The library has a Great Gatsby quote inscribed on the ceiling. "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."
Guests arrive through a private tunnel. The tunne was built in 2006 under Highway 106. To give easy access to the house. The US$ 2 million tunnel was paid for by Watermark Estate Services.
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No, he does not own any superyacht. He is however often linked to large yachts around the world. Media is naming them ‘the yacht of Gates’.
He does have a lot of relatives, friends and business partners who do own large yachts. Therefore he is often spotted at large super yachts around the world.
or example his 1994 honeymoon was on Paul Allen’s yacht Charade. In 2012 he was spotted in Belize on Dennis Washington’s motor yacht Attessa.
In 2014 he was having a holiday with his family on board the yacht Serene. Serene is one of the largest yachts in the world.
To charter a yacht the size of Serene, will probably cost more than USD 2 million per week.
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Yachts often wrongly referred to as his yacht are: Octopus (owned by his business partner Paul Allen) and Skat (owned by his other business partner/ employee Charles Simonyi). And Attessa owned by US billionaire Dennis Washington.
He is the co-
People often ask: how much is Gates worth and how much money does he have? He is often referred to as the richest man in the world. He has an estimated net worth of USD 97.5 billion. (December 2018).
Now and than he loses the position of the worlds richest man to Jeff Bezos. This is following fluctuations in either Microsoft or Amazon.com share prices.
His Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world. The aims of the foundation are to enhance healthcare. And to reduce extreme poverty. And to expand educational opportunities and to expand access to information technology.
Gates has funded his foundation with more than USD 2 billion. In 2006 Warren Buffet donated USD 1.5 billion to the Gates foundation. The assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation exceed USD 30 billion. Yearly donations are worth more than USD 1.5 billion.
The Bill and Melinda Gates together with billionaire Warren Buffet started The Giving Pledge. It is a philanthropic initiative aiming to get the worlds billionaires to pledge their fortunes early in their lives. So that they can have more control of how it’s spent.
In the few years since it was launched, the giving pledge has recruited more than 100 billionaires. Including the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Intel Chairman Gordon Moore and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
More than half of his assets are outsite his holding of Microsoft shares. He holds these other investments through his Cascade Investment LLC. This company owns shares in Berkshire Hathaway, Cocal Cola and Femsa. And also Carpetright, Four Seasons Hotels and Waste Management. And many other invesments.
He was born on October 28, 1955, so his age is 63 years. Bill and Melinda have three children: Jennifer Katharine, Rory and Phoebe Gates.
Jennifer Katharine Gates is Gates’ oldest daughter. She was born in 1996. She is an established equestrian. She attended Seattle’s private Lakeside High School and later Stanford University. Her father bought her an equestrian property in Wellington Florida.
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Gates is the owner of two Bombardier BD-
He also owns 2 Bombardier Challenger 350 private jets through a Net Jets program. These are the N754QS and the N769QS. These jets also have the same color scheme.
The BD 700 Global Express is a class of ultra long range corporate jets. It competes against the Gulfstream V, Boeing 737 BBJ and Airbus A319CJ.
It is designed to fly long distances at high speed. The Global Express' range is such that it can fly nonstop between intercontinental destinations. Such as Sydney/Los Angeles, New York/Tokyo and Taipei/Chicago.
His jet can reach a speed of 935km/h (505kt) or Mach 0.88. The jet has a list price of USD 45 million.
His jets registration numbers are N887WM and N194WM. The WM probably stands for William and Melinda.
Through his membership of Netjets, he also partially owns a third and fourth Bombardier. The N769QS and the N754QS. Gates uses his private jets intensively. And mainly for his work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates also owns an Eurocopter EC 135 with registration N608WM. Which he uses to travel around Lake Washington.
Gates actually owns a floating heliport named Hale Manu. He uses it to land his heli. The helicopter has the same color scheme as the other planes.
And finally Gates owns a Cessna 208 Amphibian Caravan sea plane with registration N459WM. Again in the same colors as the other aircraft.
He owns many cars. His Medina mansion has a garage for 23 cars... Enough room for his car collection. And with his wealth he can afford every car he desires.
He is known to be a Porsche collector. In his possession are a Porsche 911, a 930 and a rare 959. Of the Porsche 959 only 337 were produced.
Manufactured between 1986 and 1993, the 959 was the world’s fastest production car at that time.
The Porsche 930 (or 911 Turbo) was produced between 1975 an d 1989. He bought the 930 at his early days at Microsoft.
Gates has also been seen driving a Mercedes S Class and a BMW 7 series. And of course he is driven around in limousines often.
As far as we know he does not own any real exotic cars. Like a Rolls Royce or a Bentley. And besides his Porsches he does not seem to own other sports cars.Like Ferrari or Lamborghini. He is rumored to own a Chevrolet Corvette.
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