World’s Most Expensive Home: During his recent visit to France to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had come to stay at his luxurious palace. , which was dubbed the “World’s Most Expensive Home” in the year 2015.
The palace is grand and no one knew it was the palace of the Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Chateau Louis XIV in Louvaisciens outside the French capital Paris, a new-built mansion intended to complement the extravaganza of the nearby Versailles Palace. To imitate the luxury that was once part of the French royal family.
World’s most expensive house surrounded by controversies
The Prince’s luxurious palace spans 7,000 square meters and was revealed to have been bought by an unidentified buyer in 2015 for 275 million euros ($300 million at the time), leading Fortune magazine to call it “the world’s most expensive home”. said.
Bin Salman, 36, was reported by The New York Times to be the final owner through a series of shell companies, two years after the luxury was purchased. Local government officials have confirmed to AFP news agency that the controversial heir to the Saudi throne was staying at the same luxurious palace ahead of his dinner with Macron on Thursday.
According to the information, outside the perimeter wall of this palace, journalists had seen security personnel in suit-boots at the entrance and a large police team including half a dozen vehicles was seen there.
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Macron and bin Salman were to meet later at the Elysee Rashtrapati Bhavan, which critics of France consider unfair. Bin Salman was judged by US intelligence for sanctioning the gruesome murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
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But after four years on an international stage, the prince is being loved again by Western leaders as they urgently seek fresh energy supplies to replace lost Russian production.
In a turning point in history, Chateau Louis XIV was built by Khashoggi’s cousin Imad Khashoggi, who runs a luxury property development business in France. The chateau has a nightclub, a gold-leaf fountain, a cinema, as well as an underwater glass chamber in the moat that resembles a huge aquarium with white leather sofas.
Prince Salman has been in the headlines time and again
Photos on the website of Imad Khashoggi’s company Cogemad also show a wine cellar, although alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia. Chateau Louis XIV was built in 2009, after the 19th-century palace on the plot was bulldozed. Bin Salman’s extravagant spending has been in the news time and again since he emerged as the main powerbroker in Saudi Arabia.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s son bought a yacht for $500 million in 2015 and was also reported to be a mystery buyer of a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting in 2017.