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Despite his wealth, Bill Gates appears modest

Retired Microsoft founder Bill Gates (60), the richest man in the world, can afford practically anything with a fortune of $ 78.9 billion. And although today he invests most of his wealth in aid projects through the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”, he still values ​​an adequate home.

The rather shy billionaire shows a penchant for extravagance: He christened 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 with 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 (57 million euros) .

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