We often turn to the world of celebrity because it can provide us with an insight into the rich and lavish lifestyles that they lead. Celebrities aren’t always known for how wisely they spend their money, but one thing is for certain – they sure do know how to spend it!
Today, we are going to take a look at some of the largest and most expensive celebrity homes in the world. With price ranges varying from $28 million all the way to $100 million and over, we’re sure that these homes might just stay in our dreams.
1. Jennifer Lopez Bel Air Mansion – $28 Million
Jennifer Lopez has been part and parcel of the Hollywood experience since her debut single ‘If You Had My Love’ was released in 1999. Since then, J-Lo has risen to become one of the biggest pop stars in recent history. This 14,000 sq/ft Bel-Air Mansion features 13 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, and 10 carved fireplaces of wood or stone.
2. Bill Gates Xanadu 2.0 – $127 Million
You don’t revolutionize the world of computing without m making a couple of bucks, and Bill Gates was no exception. Xanadu 2.0 features more than 66,000 square feet of living space, including 6 kitchens, 24 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, and a giant domed library. Of course, Bill had pressure-sensitive floors and all guests are handed a microchip pin to track their movements.
Speaking of micro chipping, Bill Gates continues to dominate headlines into 2020 thanks to his concentrated efforts in eradicating COVID-19. Whether he is sneaking microchips into his vaccinations is a conversation reserved for the tinfoil hat wearers of the world.
3. Oprah Winfrey and The Promised Land – $90 Million
Located in Montecito, CA, The Promised Land is a 42-acre estate owned by Oprah Winfrey herself. The gargantuan estate features a man-made lake, a giant avocado grove, rose gardens, equestrian facilities, and numerous million-dollar pieces of art. We’re probably not invited for a visit.
At the time of this writing, Oprah Winfrey has an estimated net worth of more than $2.6 billion. We have to agree that Oprah will probably have plenty of funding to add to her Neo-Georgian mansion and its numerous outdoor facilities.
4. Gwen Stefani Hollywood Hills Compound – $35 Million
There is No Doubt in our mind that Gwen Stefani is one of the enduring female pop artists of her generation. Her 12,000 sq/ft estate is located in the Hollywood Hills, previously owned by Jennifer Lopez herself! Nicknamed ‘The Summit’, this gated and secured estate features 6 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces, a guesthouse, and a private lit tennis court.
5. Mel Gibson Costa Rican Mansion – $29.75 Million
Mel Gibson has a passion for purchasing premier real estate and his luxurious Costa Rican hideout certainly fits the bill. Known to the locals as Playa Barrigona, this home features 500 acres with two private miles of gorgeous beachfront. The estate itself consists of three buildings adorned by Spanish tiles and Italian stone carvings.
Mel Gibson recently gained acclaim for his directing of Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson is currently slated to direct a new film starring Peter Dinklage, Jamie Foxx, and Michael Fassbender titled The Wild Bunch (2022). Could there be a new home coming?
6. Sting’s Upscale NYC Penthouse – $50 Million
Sting began his musical career in 1985 and he hasn’t really stopped ever since. This massive penthouse in NYC is located in the 15 Central Park West building. While the penthouse is just 5,417 sq/ft, it features 43 feet of front-row decking facing Central Park. A sky-lit pool and fitness center, as well as a private restaurant, round out the estate.
7. Ellen DeGeneres Santa Barbara Estate – $45 Million
While 2020 was difficult for everyone, Ellen herself had unique problems of her own thanks to the lightning rod of controversy that her show became. Still, Ellen can find solace in her 17-acre Santa Barbara estate. This home looks out over the Pacific and features more than 10,000 square feet. Designed with 18-century Italian floors, this home is a sight to behold.
8. Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion – $100 Million
Owned by Hugh Hefner until his passing in 2017, the Playboy Mansion stands alone as a piece of American pop-culture. This gothic building sits on nearly 4.3 acres of land with 29 rooms and a private wine cellar hidden by a Prohibition-era door. A private zoo, swimming pool, and basketball court round out the property.
9. Cindy Crawford Malibu Compound – $50 Million
Cindy Crawford is living like she’s one of the most popular models of all time, and we can’t blame her. Located on the Malibu beachfront, this massive estate was built in 1944 with a wraparound deck, a private fire pit, and a personal pool. Did we mention that Cindy even has her own private tennis court?
10. Lori Laughlin L.A. Mansion – $35 Million
Recently released from her stay in lock-up, Lori Laughlin will find much more space to roam at her L.A. home above the Bel-Air Country Club. This $35 million dollar estate sports a double-exposed ceiling, massive glass doors, open-sided bedrooms, and unique stone tiled flooring.
11. Howard Stern’s Palm Beach Home – $52 Million
Howard Stern earned his fortune as one of the most influential radio hosts in recent memory. His 2013 purchase of this Palm Beach estate would make headline news around the region. This 12-bedroom home features a massive oceanfront view and two unique swimming pools. Oh, yeah, Howard’s wife also has a 1,000 square foot closet of her own!
12. Tom Cruise and The Telluride Home – $59 Million
When Tom Cruise isn’t leaping from helicopters or riding on the roof of a train, he’s probably spending some quiet time at his home in Telluride, CO. This 10,000 sq/ft estate features cedar timber and native stone to craft something uniquely upscale yet still delightfully rustic. Of course, this home has a private trail map, private athletic courts (basketball, hockey, tennis) as well as a private motocross track. So, it’s really not that rustic after all.
13. George Clooney Italian Villa – $100 Million
George Clooney’s been rich and famous for so long that a private Italian Villa worth $100 million barely surprises us. Located on Lake Como, this home breathes old-school charm with upscale modern elegance. Massive in every sense of the word, this Italian estate must be seen to be believed.
The ageless George Clooney has been profiting mightily from savvy investments into the tequila company he established with his friends, Casamigos.
14. Celine Dion’s Florida Beachfront Estate – $38.5 Million
Celine Dion’s bank account will forever go on, it would appear. This Jupiter, Fl, beachfront estate sits on more than 5.7 acres of land with its own private resort water park. More than 10,000 square feet of coverage provide all of the luxury and extravagance that one person could ask for. Included on the property is access to a tennis house, an infinity pool, a massage room inside of a second beach house, and, oh yeah, a massive private water park and lazy river.
15. George Lucas and the Skywalker Ranch – $100 Million
Skywalker Ranch was purchased by George Lucas in 1974. Now covering more than 4,700 total acres of land, this massive compound is now invite-only and no pictures are allowed. Ronald Reagan himself was purportedly turned down for a visit, the estate is so private. There is a 300 seat library on the grounds as well as underground parking, multiple pools, private vineyards, and a private fire station.
How do rich people live like this? Let us try for a bit!
16. P.Diddy Holmby Hills Villa – $40 Million
The appropriately named Holmby Hills Villa has been owned by P.Diddy since 2014. This massive modern estate features 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a private gym, a 35-seat theater, and a friggin underwater tunnel! Oh, yeah, P.Diddy also has a secondary mansion for his guests when they come by, also featuring amenities like a salon, steam room, and masseuse.
We’re not exactly sure what P.Diddy does in his free time, but the Holmby Hills Villa is certainly qualified to keep him busy!
17. Tiger Woods Jupiter Island Home – $54.5 Million
Tiger Woods had this estate built to the specifications of his former wife, Elin. The property is located on Jupiter Island where it sprawls across more than 10,000 total square feet of space. A running track, putting studio, and 100ft lap pool define the front yard while mind-blowing ocean views surround the entire property.
While this massive piece of property is revered by Tiger and his family, there have been reports that the house has begun to sink into the soft topsoil that Florida’s coast is so well known for.
18. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Estate – $42 Million
With a net worth large enough to break our calculator, it doesn’t surprise us to see Will and Jada Pinkett Smith living large. They first had their Malibu estate featured in Architectural Digest in 2011 where its more than 25,000 sq/ft was on prime display. The couple has been working on the home together in the decade since, adding a recording studio, massive pool, and golf area to the property along the way.
We wonder, with all of this space, do Willow and Jaden still stay at home with mom and dad?
19. Demi Moore NYC Triplex – $45 Million
Living in the city isn’t so bad when you can afford a massive NYC Triplex! This penthouse was owned briefly by Demi Moore until she sold the property this past August. Known as a ‘floating mansion’, this $45 million dollar estate features the kind of upscale design that leaves most people feeling woefully out of place. Still with 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, we’d find a way to make it work!
20. Beyonce & Jay Z Bel Air Compound – $88 Million
Originally asking for more than $135 million, Beyonce and Jay Z were able to get this Bel Air estate for just $88 million. Six separate buildings make up this massive estate with each house offering unique benefits. One home is dedicated to gaming and entertainment while a second house is dedicated to fitness, including a spa and in-house fitness center.
Beyonce and Jay Z are true royalty within the entertainment world, so we aren’t surprised to see them top out our list as owners of one of the most expensive mansions in Hollywood! Combined Jay Z and Beyonce have a net worth north of $1.4 billion dollars.
From Teacher to TikTok Star: The Story of Mr. Hamilton
Technology has fundamentally changed the way that we connect with one another. The era of instant communication and social media outreach has made us more intertwined than ever, giving otherwise unknown faces the chance to shine in front of millions if not billions of people. For Casey Hamilton, aka @MrHamilton on TikTok, social media allowed the teacher to transition into one of the biggest performers on the internet.
Let’s explore the rise of Mr. Hamilton and his journey from teaching in Plant City to winning over TikTok audiences around the world!
Casey Hamilton: Chaotic Positivity
Were you to run across one of Hamilton’s TikTok videos on a whim, you’d likely not assume he was a teacher. The 25-year-old TikTok star began his career on the platform by selling what everyone loved about him in his classroom, his personality. Hamilton embodies the young-and-fun generation of TikTok stars that are taking over the pop culture world. Hamilton dresses in his favorite crocs, a joke in itself, while matching the rest of his outfit to the caricature of a cartoon-loving pre-teen.
Hamilton’s TikTok currently has more than 5 million followers and that number is climbing by the day, but for what reason? More than just childish fun, Hamilton brings boatloads of energy to his impersonations and sketches. One sketch that garnered Hamilton millions of views was his version of Plankton, a hit with the Spongebob generation. Impersonations aren’t restricted to celebrities, as Hamilton has made videos impersonating, well, everything.
When Hamilton isn’t giving his fans a show through impersonations, he’s sharing his soaring vocals. Covering All Star by Smash Mouth brought in views but so did Hey, Delilah – a song about a stripper. Dance moves of all types join these performances and one thing is certain throughout them all: Casey isn’t afraid of being the center of attention.
From Plant City to Tik Tok Stardom
Hamilton worked at Plant City High School as a TV Production Teacher, developing a morning show with his students. The environment allowed Hamilton to flex his creative chops and amiable positivity, inviting students to fall in love with sketches, comedy, and creating artistic entertainment of all types. Students watched with glee as the morning news at school slowly transitioned into a fun mashup of entertainment.
Jennifer Hamilton is Casey’s mother and she had more than enough to say about her son. Casey said, “I don’t think it was everyone’s cup of tea…” Still, Jennifer had to admit that the show was a hit with Casey’s students. Jennifer said, “He turned our TV show around, the students appreciated the humor and would pay attention.”
Still, Hamilton’s electric personality caused him to become a quick favorite among students. It was only natural to transition into comedy outside of school. Born and raised in Plant City, Hamilton used his upbringing as well as the close-knit community from his hometown to build his brand, but in the most natural way possible. Perhaps that is the most intriguing thing about Hamilton. His success is organic from the ground-up.
Then And Now: Meet The Cast of ‘Dazed and Confused’ in 2021
When Richard Linklater released his future cult classic Dazed and Confused in theaters back on September 24, 1993, he had no idea what the world had in store for him. The coming-of-age flick followed a group of students in the Texas suburbs as they prepare to initiate a group of incoming freshmen. While the film can now be seen through the lens of the many stars on its roster, at the time it was a risky flick with little fanfare behind it.
A certifiable cult classic, now is the perfect time to look back at the cast that made Dazed and Confused the iconic film that it is today!
Wesley Chapel Local Is ‘Heading to Hollywood’ in ‘American Idol’ Stint!
Do you remember where you were when the first episode of American Idol aired on Fox in 2002? While the platform may seem a little dated at this point in time, with more singing shows than aspiring singers it feels like, the program offered singers the chance to change their lives in front of a huge audience of American voters. Now 19 seasons later, performers like young Alanis Sophia are getting the chance to strike out for Hollywood for the opportunity to become America’s next idol.
The most recent name that has everyone talking is young Alanis Sophia, a contestant from Wesley Chapel, Florida, who was named after the famous singer, Alanis Morissette. Sophia appeared on the program in late February to raucous applause from the star-studded cast of judges, including glowing praise from Katy Perry herself!
Alanis Sophia Sets Sights on Stardom
For Alanis Sophia, appearing on American Idol in 2021 was all about making the most of a second opportunity. Still just 19-years-old, Alanis wasn’t even born when American Idol began airing. Originally staking her claim to the music scene at the age of 11, Alanis would appear on and land second place in the Spanish-language iteration of The Voice, titled La Voz.
After coming so close to tasting victory, Alanis would focus on curating her skills while plying forward with her work at school. Sophia would attend Pasco School and graduate from the institution in 2019, paving the way for Sophia to focus entirely on improving her skills and preparing for a second chance at Idol-fame when the program returned to Florida in 2021.
Upon arriving at the show, Sophia would get her chance to perform in front of Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry, and country musician Luke Bryan. A visibly confident Sophia would explain to the judges that she had been gifted an American Idol microphone as a child and that she had clung to the hope of ‘going to Hollywood’ ever since. Sophia also explained to the judges that American Idol would operate as a bonding point between Sophia and her mother, often pointing to how music helped them during tough times back in Puerto Rico.
The Performance of a Lifetime
After explaining a bit about her story, Alanis would set forth with her own rendition of Anyone by the esteemed and incredibly talented Demi Lovato. Sophia kept the gifted American Idol microphone in her hand throughout the touching rendition, bringing smiles to the face of Katy, Luke, and Lionel. By the time the song had ended, it was clear that Sophia had won over not just a single judge, but all of the judges.
Katy Perry would open up the discussion regarding Sophia with instantaneous effusive praise saying, “She is the best we’ve seen today.” Such high praise from one of the most successful pop artists of all time should go a long way toward Sophia’s confidence in her skills, but that wasn’t all the judges had to say.
Lionel Richie would pile onto the praise that Sophia received after Perry finished gushing over the performer. Richie pointed out that Sophia had a ‘purity’ to her voice and that Sophia’s personality ‘requires nothing but exactly who you are’. Ritchie would go on to say that Sophia had huge potential and those words were quickly echoed by Luke Bryan.
Now on her way to Hollywood for another chance at stardom, Alanis Sophia and her family are hoping for a finish at the top of the competition. Yet with such high praise from music legends like Richie and Perry, it feels like Sophia is already on the way to victory.
Seventy US Hospital Front Line Employees Get 10 Thousand Crocs From Post Malone
Many people have been doing their part to help alleviate the stress that front line workers continue to face as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the United States and other countries of the world.
Some have donated food, their assistance, donations to the hospitals and health facilities, and so much more.
From small groups to big-name celebrities, we continue to see them giving to remind the essential workers that they are appreciated.
Most recently, music superstar Post Malone and renowned shoe company Crocs joined forces with Musicians on Call to contribute ten thousand pairs of their sought after and completely sold off Duet Max Clog II collab to emergency workers in seventy hospitals across the United States.
Musicians on Call, a non-profit organization that conveys the therapeutic strength of music to patients and caretakers in hospitals across the nation, will give a free pair of Grammy-winning singer’s sold-out fifth Crocs footwear to hospital workers.
A donation is an act of gratitude for the frontline workers’ consistent efforts during this ongoing pandemic.
Head of Musicians on Call Pete Griffin believes the pressure of the coronavirus on staff in all sections of the health facilities has been brutal.
He added that they have been doing all they can to continue bringing the pleasure of live music to the staff members.
He expressed his gratefulness to Post Malone and Crocs for engaging in the effort by providing additional relief when the workers need it the most through what he deems as a substantial donation.
Griffin, who is both CEO and President of Musicians on Call, added that due to what Post Maline and Crocs did, custodians in scores of hospitals across the United States would have the extra support of their Crocs to help them through their day.
Meanwhile, giving back is not new to Malone, who has been doing so for a very long time. Even though he may not release most of what he does to the public, the recipients usually choose to do so.
Even recently, when he donated to the Grapevine High School, the very grateful principal, Alex Fingers, chose to disclose Malone’s charitable act on Twitter.
He thanked him profusely for always choosing to give back to the community.
In December, Malone made public his black-and-pink-themed Duet Max Clog II footwear.
On day one, the shoes were all off the shelves as his fans completed to get a pair of the hot commodity.
The quick time frame that the shoes sold out came as no surprise, however, since the last four designs that he rolled out shared a similar fate.
For those desperate to still snag a pair, they are accessible on sites that do resell of sought after products.
Hopefully, many more celebrities will come on board to help keep our front line workers motivated and feel appreciated.
Even a thank you goes a long way in letting them know that they are not forgotten as they continue to fight the pandemic, which is yet to show any signs of letting up.
With more than four hundred thousand dead in the United States and talks about new strains of the virus being bandied about, we have to keep them encouraged.
Look Into The Future and See How Your Favorite Celebrities Will Age
Time and age have been a blessing or curse for humanity through the ages. Regardless of being rich or poor, time eventually catches up with everyone. The effect is welcomed by some and feared by others, but we all get there eventually. Age has been reflected in the arts in thousands of ways which, ironically, has allowed images of people to live thousands of years longer than their biological form. Today, our celebrities are no different; they age just as much as anyone else. However, successful stars have a lot of tricks up their sleeve with cosmetics, exercise and similar to fend off the appearance of aging far better than most, which is not surprising given how much appearance matters in their industry. So, it was a bit of a shock for everyone when a computerized what-if via Face-App was displayed recently showing a number of the stars aged significantly. Some turned out okay, even more distinguished. Others, well, not so much.
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