Money can’t buy happiness! That is a true fact. But it’s better to be sad in a bungalow than a room size house. And when you are Bill Gates you have hell of a lot scope and possibilities of pleasure. Being an owner of $82.2 billion (529,647,48,00,000.00 INR), Bill Gates has always made us wonder about the use of this much money.
Well, you won’t have this question once you know the details and wonderful facts related to his super luxurious house. We don’t guarantee about the shock though. Let’s have a look-
1. The famous and much talked about house named “Xanadu 2.0” took 7 years and $63 million (405,93,29,400.00 INR) to get built. Made in the area of 66,000 square feet, the home is huge and it’s loaded to the brim with high-tech details.
2. Xanadu 2.0 is an ‘earth-sheltered’ house and uses its natural surroundings to avoid heat loss and regulate temperature more efficiently.
3. An amount of $80,000 (51,53,200.00 INR) has been spent for computer screens around the house. Anyone can make the screens display their favorite paintings or photographs with just a button click, which are stored on devices worth $150,000 (96,62,250.00 INR).
4. The 60-feet pool in its own separate 3900-square-feet building has an underwater music system. People in the pool can swim under a glass wall to come up to a terrace area on the outside. There’s also a locker room with four showers and two baths.
5. There’s a trampoline room with a 20-feet ceiling. The exercise facilities take total 2500 square feet and also include a sauna, steam room, and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms.
6. The house has 24 lavish bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths. Isn’t that awesome?
7. An enormous library houses a manuscript for which Bill Gates paid more than $30M (193,29,24,000.00 INR). The 2100-square-feet library has a dome roof and two secret bookcases, including one that reveals a hidden bar. On the ceiling, you’ll find a quote from “The Great Gatsby” that reads-
“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.”
The library is also home to the Codex Leicester, a 16th century Leonardo Da Vinci manuscript that he bought at an auction for $30.8 million (198,44,68,640.00 INR) in 1994.
8. There are several different garages at different points around the property and can accommodate up to 23 cars. The most interesting one, however, is an underground cave made out of concrete and stainless steel. That garage alone can park 10 cars. Some of the concrete was purposely broken to give it a rough, “deconstructivist” look.
9. Bill Gates has a favorite tree that is monitored electronically 24 hours a day. He reportedly became fond of a 40-year-old maple tree that grew close to the home’s driveway. It’s monitored by computer, and if at any point it becomes to dry, water is automatically pumped into it.
10. An artificial stream is kept stocked with fish. The stream and wetland estuary were created to solve any problems with runoff that the property’s large walls might have created. The water is kept stocked with salmon nd sea-run cutthroat trout.
11. The sand on Gates’ beach is imported from the Caribbean. The lakefront shore contains sand that’s delivered in large quantities by a barge from St. Lucia each year.
12. Microsoft holds an auction every year, where employees donate products and services to be bid on. The money goes to the company’s charitable fund. Bill Gates has donated private tours of Xanadu 2.0 in the past. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a Microsoft employee once had the tour for $35,000 (22,55,078.00 INR).
13. According to the King County public assessor’s office, the property is worth $124.99 million (805,32,05,692.00 INR) as of this year. Gates purchased the lot for $2 million in 1988. As per public filing, he paid $1,080,443.17 (6,96,13,817.80 INR) in property taxes in 2016.