Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wanted to buy a house. Not just any house: Lily Safra’s Villa Leopolda, in Villefranche-sur-mer, France. And then, according to Forbes, Prokhorov backed out at the last second, losing his deposit.
The estate is reportedly one of several waterside homes that King Leopold II of Belgium built for his many mistresses. Set on 20 acres, the massive home was valued at 500 million euros ($750 million at the time), when Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov tried to buy it in 2008. Prokhorov eventually backed out of deal, losing his 50 million euro deposit.
That deposit in US Dollars: $68,533,247.01.
Here are some other things you could do with that kind of cash:
- Pay Miami Heat’s “Big 3” and have money left over for one year of Britney Spears’s Las Vegas Show
- Buy all 2,000 bottles of Heidsieck Monopole 1907 champagne and drink one per night while staying at the Royal Suite in Burj Al Arab, Dubai.
- Buy a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO and 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and alternate parking them in a private garage at 66 E. 11th St. in NYC.
- Take 68 of your closest friends on a fishing tour using this lure comprised of “three pounds of platinum and gold with 4,753 diamonds and rubies.” Serve ‘the Winston‘ during cocktail hour.
- Staple a lot of stuff (A LOT of stuff) in style with 14-karat gold-plated staples.
- Live at the Presidential Suite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for the rest of your life. And your children’s lives. And their children’s.
- Buy the top 10 most valuable comic books on earth along with a spaceship and then pay everyone at Comic Con to be your friend.
- Large crowds not your thing? Get 34 Tibetan mastiffs with plenty left over for dog treats.