Roman Abramovich’s ‘$70 million New York super-mansion’

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He may already own the world’s second largest yacht, Chelsea Football Club and a string of luxury houses around the world, but a family home in New York city has so far eluded Roman Abramovich.

Until now.

The Russian billionaire has reportedly secretly struck a series of deals buy most of a city block, eventually allowing him to build one of New York’s biggest mansions.

It marks the end of marathon property hunt.

Last year his plans to buy a Renaissance-style home overlooking Central Park Zoo were thwarted when its wealthy widowed owner eventually turned down his $75 million bid, even though it was a record for a co-op in the city.
Instead, since then, he has been buying up narrow townhouses on the Upper East Side, an area where New York’s wealthiest and most powerful families – think Kennedys and Rockefellers – have lived.

According to The New York Post, he spent $29.7 million on a property on East 75th Street in October.
Two months later, he bought the house two doors down for $18.3 million.

Meanwhile, the owners of the house in between – Mark Fife, who founded a firm of investment advisers, and his wife Lori – have reached a deal with a mystery Russian bidder, according to the newspaper, in a deal worth another $20 million.

It is apparently all part of a plan to build a home to share with Dasha Zhukova, the mother of his two youngest children.

No-one on the street knew the identity of the buyer or the plan to knock through to a build a supermansion befitting a man worth almost $10 billion.

“They just got a knock on their door one day and thought a rich Russian wanted to buy their town house,” a source told The New York Post.

“Had they known who it was and what he planned on doing, they would have asked for a lot more money.”
New York has become a go-to destination for wealthy Russians keen to find a safe place for their money. A recent survey said the city’s real estate market was second only to London for attracting foreign investment.
Manhattan is also seeing a surge in new skyscrapers catering to the super rich. This week it emerged that a penthouse apartment with views of Central Park had set a new record, selling for a touch more than $100 million.

Credit: The Telegraph

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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