The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is on the verge of completing a £ 300 million takeover of Newcastle United.
But surprisingly, it was only 70 million pounds more than the cost of his French castle, which made him shrink by as much as 230 million pounds.
The 50,000 square foot property is based in Louveciennes, near Versailles.
Known as Château Louis XIV, the house is inspired by French chateaux from the 17th century and was built between 2008-2011.
Among its many impressive features are an on-site aquarium, indoor and outdoor pools, and a nightclub.
The land originally housed a 19th-century castle, before Bin Salman gave promoters the go-ahead for the bulldozer in favor of a modern look.
Bin Salman was careful not to draw attention to his extravagant purchase and used front companies to keep his property under the radar, as The Sun reports.
The chateau also contains 10 suites, a library, a private squash court, a movie theater, two ballrooms and a wine cellar – holding up to 3,000 bottles.
And many of the equipment can be controlled by an iPhone, including fountains, audio systems, lights and air conditioning.
Perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the property is the meditation hall, located inside the moat of the castle, with a transparent underwater chamber that inhabits freshwater fish.
Bin Salman decorated the interior of his fine art house; gold-covered stairs; marble floors; and a huge reception hall with a painted dome ceiling 52 feet high.
Outside, the gardens are kept in perfect condition and include a marble statue of Louis XIV.
Rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian even considered renting the lavish property for their wedding in 2014.
It was refitted by Emad Khashoggi, the nephew of billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.
Former deputy mayor of Louveciennes, Marianne Merlino, told the NY Times: “Khashoggi said it was his dream of a lifetime to do such a thing.
“Like at Versailles, it was too much, and like Louis XIV, he achieved something really incredible. “
Bin Salman is certainly no stranger to an extravagant purchase, having also spent £ 452 million on a 440-foot super-yacht, before adding Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi paint, which cost him $ 350 million. additional books.
Newcastle is slated to become its next purchase after the current owner, Mike Ashley, has agreed to sell the club.
Bin Salman is governing the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, which will take an 80% stake in Newcastle.
His own net worth is estimated at around £ 7 billion, while the PIF group represents around £ 260 billion.
Only Man City owner Sheikh Mansour (£ 17 billion), Roman Abramovich of Chelsea (£ 9 billion) and Stan Kroenke of Arsenal (£ 8 billion) have higher personal estimated values.
Bin Salman, 34, fulfills a number of political roles within his country and currently counts the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense among his titles.
In June 2017, his father, King Salman, appointed his son Crown Prince, then placing him at the rank of the Saudi throne and the country’s daily leader.
Abu Dhabi’s success in improving its global image with the vehicle from its Manchester City property would have persuaded Bin Salman to do the same via Newcastle, having failed with an attempt to acquire the glaziers from Manchester United.
He is said to see the worlds of sport and entertainment as a way to change global perceptions of Saudi Arabia, which has an appalling human rights record and continues to oppress women.
Its planned takeover of Newcastle is another step in Saudi Arabia’s global re-branding.