Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, lives in a home that is famous in its own right. Located in Medina, Washington is over 66,000 square feet and overlooks Lake Washington. Note that much of the house is underground, making it look smaller in pictures. In 2009, Nicknamed Xanadu 2.0, the property taxes cost Bill Gates $1 million a year, with the total house asset value of $148 million. Bill Gates has also spent $14 million buying surrounding property. He bought the original lot in 1998 and contraction took over seven years.
The house is considered a modern “Pacific lodge” style design, with many classic and high-tech amenities. To build Xanadu 2.0, all timber and woodwork was flawless, with acoustics being a priority. Over seven types of stone were used. All flooring is heated, including walkways and even the driveway. There were 300 workers total to complete the home, with one hundred being just electricians.
The home features all kinds of automation, with over 52 miles of optic cables. Family members and visitors are set up with a microchip tag that can control setting for each room they walk into, controlling lighting, heating, music and even your preference of art on digital displays. All rooms also have their own touch-pad to control every aspect of the room.
Intensive home security is present, with hidden cameras and floor sensors everywhere. There are no visible electric outlets and every door handle was custom-made costing $2,000. Some interior passageway doors weigh over 800 lbs, but are balanced for easy opening.
Bill Gates has several interesting areas to his home. He has a domed library, which has two secret bookcases, with one hiding a bar. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is on display, which Gates paid $31 million for in 1994.
Lionel’s base salary is being raised from $10.5 million to $15.44 million. By 2018, his base salary will have risen to $20.3 million. Amazingly, $15.44 million will make Messi just the third highest paid player in terms of base salary, behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($19.5 million) and Samuel Eto’o ($26 million). On the other hand, when you take into account bonuses, Barcelona will pay Lionel a mind numbing $44.68 million next year, making him the highest paid soccer player in the world. Keep in mind Lionel also earns $20 million per year off the field from endorsing companies like Adidas, EA Sports, Dolce & Gabana Pepsi and Herbalife. When you take into account base salary, bonuses and endorsements, Lionel Messi will earn a grand total $66.68 million per year! Not bad for someone in their mid-twenties. Do you think Lionel is worth it? Below is a list of the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world, bonuses and base salaries included.
A huge fan of Dre headphones, Lil Wayne was spotted wearing a diamond-studded pair of Beats by Dre headphones, while watching a basketball game. Especially crafted for Wayne by the headphone company, the customized “Carter IV” pair features fine diamonds embellished on the headphone in a marvelous pattern. The YMCMB superstar’s $1 million headphones depict his ambitious choice and huge like for the headphone brand.
Some of the other highlights of this Live Auctioneers’ sale include a Monterey Stratocaster used by Jimi Hendrix (pictured above) for the best part of his set at the inaugural U.S. performance with his experience at Monterey, which is the highlight of the auction and is expected to garner as much as $288,580, along with Paul McCartney’s played and recorded violin bass guitar, a Mick Jagger played guitar and Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and John Lennon guitars.
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