Amazon CEO and self-made billionaire Jeff Bezos has built an e-commerce empire that reigns supreme in the virtual world. With an estimated net worth of $47.8 billion, he ranks as the world’s 15th wealthiest person and his real estate holdings prove just how deep his pockets are.
In addition to owning cushy digs in California and New York City as well as lakefront property close to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, Bezos has also managed to scoop up a vast amount of land over the years, earning him the unofficial title of land baron in the process.
Bezos’ land investments are at the center of his drive to corner the market on commercial space travel. The nearly 300,000 acres he’s laid claim to have earned him the number 25 spot on The Land Report’s list of America’s largest landowners. Here’s a look at some of the crown jewels of Bezos’ fabulous real estate portfolio.
- Corn Ranch, West Texas
Purchased in 2004, the Corn Ranch serves as the base of operations for Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Bezos in 2000. The 165,000-acre spread located just north of Van Horn, Texas is the test site of the New Shepard rocket. This vertical-launching, vertical-landing manned suborbital vehicle has been in development for the last decade and took its maiden flight in April 2015.
- Beverly Hills Home, Beverly Hills, CA CA +0.00%
While Texas holds a soft spot for Bezos thanks to the summers he spent there on his grandfather’s ranch, the Golden State also packs lots of appeal. In 2007, Bezos shelled out $24.5 million for a nearly 12,000-square foot sprawling Beverly Hills estate located just a stone’s throw from Tom Cruise’s swanky compound. The property, valued at an estimated $27 million, boasts a greenhouse, tennis court, swimming pool and a luxury guesthouse located on its own two acres.
- Medina Property, Medina, WA
The lakeside community of Medina is a haven for the wealthy and it’s home to other tech moguls like Bill Gates . At 5.35 acres, Bezos’ waterfront hideaway is one of the largest in the area, thanks to a $28 million renovation project which increased the total living area from 13,000 to 29,000 square feet. Aside from the main home, there’s also a caretaker’s cottage and a 4,500 boat house on Lake Washington, where Bezos regularly holds brainstorming sessions.
- Century Tower Apartments, Manhattan
Five years after founding Amazon, Bezos established an East Coast presence after purchasing three linked apartments in Manhattan’s Century Tower from Sony music exec Tommy Mottola. The deal, which was finalized for just under $7.7 million in 1999, landed Bezos a 10,000 square foot home away from home, which he shares with his wife, children and parents. Today, the Century Tower has become something of a hotspot for upscale buyers, with units selling for between $2,000 and $3,000 per square foot.
- South Lake Union Campus, Seattle
In December 2012, Amazon became not only one of Seattle’s biggest employers but also one of the city’s largest property owners after finalizing the purchase of its own South Lake Union headquarters. The company bought the property for $1.15 billion from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose Vulcan Real Estate previously held the lease. Altogether, Amazon picked up 11 buildings, 1.7 million square feet in office space and another 100,000 square feet of retail space.
- Denny Triangle, Seattle
Just days before snapping up the South Lake Union property, Amazon also signed off on the purchase of a three-block area in downtown Seattle’s Denny Triangle. The company paid a cool $207.5 million for the space, which is currently being developed as a trio of office towers for a new satellite campus. In January 2014, Amazon shelled out another $52 million to purchase a fourth block, bringing the total amount of office space the company leases or owns in the area to 3.2 million square feet.