Lebanese Safra family owns second most expensive house in the world


Brazilian philanthropist and widow of Lebanese banker Edmond Safra, Lily Safra, owns the second most expensive house in the world, according to Forbes Magazine.

Edmond Safra, Lebanese banker and founder of the Republic National Bank of New York, had major banking operations in Syria, Lebanon, Brazil, and Switzerland.

Forbes Magazine says Lily Safra assumed ownership of the property, which is considered a French historical monument and location for various Hollywood productions.

The home is valued at $750 million and features a 50-acre estate including “a commercial sized green house, a swimming pool and pool house, an outdoor kitchen, helipad, and a guest house larger than the mansions of most millionaires,” according to Variety.

The house was famously used as a set in the 1955 Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief.

The villa was designed and built from 1929 to 1931 by American architect Ogden Codman, Jr., on an estate once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium.

The home was previously owned by King Albert I and was used as a military hospital during World War I.

See aerial photos of the home:


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