The founding fathers of tech institutions like Google, PayPal, and Microsoft are also some of the real estate world's best customers, pouring their millions into homes from coast to coast. And believe us, you can tell a lot about a man by looking at his estate. See where how the men who run the world live.
Bill Gates' equestrian estate in Wellington, Florida
Size: 7,000 square feet
Key selling points: Hotels are for peasants. The Microsoft magnate bought this estate to serve as a crash pad when his daughter's equestrian competitions bring the Gates family to Florida. Looks like this is one case when Microsoft didn't follow Apple's lead on sleek design.
David Sacks' brand new manse in San Francisco, California
Size: 17,500 square feet
Key selling points: The former Yammer CEO and PayPal COO has made his billions by letting others finish what he started (he sold Yammer to Microsoft for $1.2 billion in 2012). We can only assume his purchase of this partially completed Pacific Heights home was a welcome role-reversal.
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Paul Allen's Silicon Valley mansion in Atherton, California
Size: 22,005 square feet
Key selling points: The Seattle-based Microsoft co-founder has long distanced himself from the company to run his own corporation, Vulcan Inc., and own teams in nearly every major sports league (the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, and the MLS's Seattle Sounders FC). Still, the mogul's recent purchase of this picture-perfect contemporary mansion makes it clear that he'll always be a part of Silicon Valley—just on his own terms.
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Elon Musk's super-sized home in Bel Air, California
Size: 20,250 square feet
Key selling points: This tech billionaire made his fortune by way of PayPal, Tesla, and Space-X, and his Bel Air abode is appropriately about as over-the-top as an extraterrestrial joy ride. The property boasts a pool, tennis court, gym, two-story library, 1,000-bottle wine cellar, home theater, and a criminal amount of crown molding.
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Bill Maris' contemporary condo in Palo Alto, California
Size: 2,095 square feet
Key selling points: Google Ventures founder Bill Maris is selling his Silicon Valley condo in favor of a spot closer to Google's Mountain View HQ. Nevertheless, it's clear the venture capitalist has a nose for more than successful startups—from the tasteful, pared-down decor to its location right next door to Apple CEO Tim Cook's home, this home is every stylish dot-com millionaire's dream.
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