Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Insane Real Estate Portfolio

PUBLISHED ON Nov 1, 2019

Days after Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced they had finalized the terms of their divorce, the Amazon CEO is reportedly apartment hunting in New York City. The Amazon CEO remains the richest person in the world with a net worth of US$115 billion, while MacKenzie Bezos is worth US$37 billion, making her the fourth-richest woman in the world.

Jeff Bezos is looking to spend US$80 million on a penthouse apartment and two surrounding units in a Manhattan building overlooking Madison Square Park. This would expand his enormous real estate portfolio.

It’s not known how the Bezos family will split up their real-estate holdings, which include six huge properties across the country. A 2017 Land Report named Bezos the country’s 28th-largest landowner.

From two neighboring Beverly Hills mansions to a sprawling estate in an exclusive Seattle suburb, here are the six estates the Bezos own in the United States. Jeff Bezos lives in a nearly 29,000-square-foot estate in Medina, Washington.

Bezos owns two homes in Medina spanning 5.3 acres.

According to The Wall Street Journal, he paid US$10 million for the property in 1998. One home is a 20,600-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, and the other is an 8,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home rumored to have cost US$53 million.

Medina, located on a peninsula across Lake Washington from Seattle, is an exclusive suburb that is also home to Bill Gates, other Microsoft bigwigs, tech entrepreneurs and telecoms magnates.

Many of the neighborhood’s mansions are hidden away behind gates and protected by elaborate security systems.

Bezos also owns property in Beverly Hills, California, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Los Angeles. He bought this Spanish-style mansion in the ritzy neighborhood in 2007 for US$24.45 million. The seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom Beverly Hills home is advertised having a greenhouse, a sunken and lighted tennis court, a huge swimming pool, four fountains and a six-car garage.

The Bezos family owns a 30,000-acre ranch about 30 miles from the town of Van Horn, Texas. Bezos grew up spending summers on his grandparents’ ranch outside Cotulla, Texas and bought the 30,000-acre Figure 2 ranch to give his family the same experience. Bezos bought the 30,000-acre property after the seller spent “millions” renovating it. Behind the home is a bunkhouse that sleeps 12. The property is also the base for Bezos’ private space company, Blue Origin.

Blue Origin made history in 2015 when it successfully launched and landed the reusable rocket, New Shepard. Its goal is to become a space tourism company, ferrying passengers up for weightless rides.

In 2016, Bezos bought a former textile museum in Washington, DC for US$23 million. The 27,000-square-foot space in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood is a former textile museum and dates back to 1912, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood, Kalorama, is a hotspot for Washington big wigs. The Obamas own a US$5.3 million home nearby, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner moved in down the street.

In 1999, Bezos bought three condos in the Century building at 25 Central Park West in New York City’s Upper West Side under an LLC called “Jetima”. The purchase was from former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola for US$7.65 million. Bezos bought an additional unit for US$5.3 million in 2012, making him the owner of four condos in the historic building. The 32-story art deco building was built in 1931 and boasts a concierge, lift attendants and three separate entrances, on a prime location next to Central Park.