Retired Microsoft founder Bill Gates (60), as the richest man in the world with assets of $ 78.9 billion, can afford practically anything. And although he invests most of his wealth in charity projects through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation these days, he still values a decent home.
The rather shy billionaire shows a tendency to extravagance: He named the luxury residence on an idyllic lake in Medina near Seattle (Washington State) “Xanadu 2.0” after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane, the title hero the cult film “Citizen Kane”.
Gates was patient during the construction of his dream residence with 6100 square meters of living space, everything should be exactly as he wanted it – including a lot of high-tech: The construction time was seven years, the costs exploded to 63 million dollars (57 million euros) .
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This article appeared on NewsABC.net back in November 2019. It has now been reviewed and updated.