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World's most expensive home? Another bauble for a Saudi prince

The 2015 purchase appears to be one of several extravagant acquisitions - including a $500 mn yacht and a $450 mn Leonardo da Vinci painting - by a prince who is leading a sweeping crackdown in Saudi

Nicholas Kulish & Michael Forsythe | NYT  |  Louveciennes (France) 

When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the lavish details, one fact was missing: the identity of the buyer. Now, it turns out that the paper trail leads to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne and the driving force behind a series of bold policies transforming Saudi Arabia and shaking up the Middle East. The ...

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First Published: Mon, December 18 2017. 01:07 IST
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