Inside Mohammed Bin Salman’s £230m house – the most expensive home in the world

As far as luxury purchases go, Mohammed Bin Salman knows how to splash his cash.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is on the verge of completing a whopping £300million takeover of Newcastle United.

But amazingly that is just £70m more than the cost of his French Chateau, which set him back no less than £230m.

The property sprawling 50,000 square feet is based in Louveciennes, near Versailles.

Known as Chateau Louis XIV, the house is modelled on 17th-century French castles, and was built between 2008-2011.

Among its many impressive features are an in-house aquarium, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a nightclub.

The land originally housed a 19th century castle, before Bin Salman gave developers the nod to bulldoze it in favour of a modern look.

Bin Salman was keen not to draw attention to his extravagant purchase, and utilised shell companies to keep his ownership under the radar, as reports The Sun.

The Chateau also contains 10 bedroom suites, a library, private squash court, a cinema room, two ballrooms and a wine cellar – which can hold up to 3,000 bottles.

And many of the amenities can be controlled by an iPhone, including fountains, sound systems, lights, and air conditioning.

Perhaps the most extraordinary of the property's features is the meditation room, which is based inside the castle's moat, and boasts a transparent underwater chamber which inhabits freshwater fish.

Bin Salman has decorated the inside of his house with fine art; staircases covered in gold; marble flooring; and a huge reception room with a 52ft-high painted dome ceiling.

Outside the gardens are kept in pristine condition, and include a marble statue of Louis XIV.

Rapper Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian even considered renting the lavish property for their wedding in 2014.

It was redeveloped by Emad Khashoggi, the nephew of billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.

Former Louveciennes deputy mayor Marianne Merlino told the NY Times : "Khashoggi said it was the dream of his life to make a thing like that.

"Like in Versailles, that was way over the top too, and like Louis XIV, he achieved something really quite incredible."

Bin Salman is certainly no stranger to an extravagant buy, having also forked out £452m on a 440ft super-yacht, before adding Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi painting, which cost him an additional £350m.

Newcastle are expected to become his next purchase after current owner Mike Ashley agreed to sell the club.

Bin Salman governs the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, who will be taking up an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle.

His own net worth is valued at around £7billion, while the PIF group is approximately £260bn.

Only Man City owner Sheikh Mansour (£17bn), Chelsea's Roman Abramovich (£9bn) and Arsenal's Stan Kroenke (£8bn) boast a higher personal estimated worth.

Bin Salman, 34, fulfils a number of political roles within his country and currently counts Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence among his titles.

In June 2017 his father, King Salman, appointed his son Crown Prince, making him next in line to the Saudi throne and the country’s day-to-day ruler.

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