Monday, April 20, 2020

Inside the £200million French chateau of Saudi Arabia crown prince Bin Salman [photos]

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman is on the verge of buying Newcastle United after having a £300million bid accepted by owner Mike Ashley.

Incredibly though, that's only £70m more than he paid for the world's most expensive house.

Back in 2015, the billionaire, who failed in a bid to buy Manchester United, splashed £230m on this stunning 50,000 sq ft French chateau.

Chateau Louis XIV is modelled on 17th-century French castles, but was built between 2008-11 in Louveciennes, near Versailles.

Before the 34-year-old prince bought the palace, Kim Kardashian once considered it as a venue for her wedding to Kanye West.

Join SunSport in marvelling at Bin Salman's luxury abode - that features an astonishing aquarium.

When Bin Salman purchased the Chateau Louis XIV - he didn't want anyone to know about it.

He carefully concealed his ownership by using shell companies in France and Luxembourg.

But after further investigation it turned out those companies are under the Eight Investment Company umbrella - a Saudi firm that's managed by the head of prince's personal foundation.

Emad Khashoggi, the nephew of billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, developed the property - bulldozing the original 19th century castle and rebuilding it with 21st century amenities. In fact, it's so hi-tech - fountains, sound systems, the lights, and air conditioning are all controlled by iPhone.

The most incredible feature of Chateau Louis XIV is its meditation room, or chilling room inside the castle's moat.

It features a transparent underwater chamber, something you might see in a James bond film, that has sturgeon and koi swimming around.

Other lavish features include a statue of Louis XIV made of expensive Carrara marble overlooking the 57-acre grounds.

In terms of comfort, there are 10 bedroom suites, a huge reception room with a 52ft-high painted dome ceiling, a library, as well as a wine cellar that can store up to 3,000 bottles - enough to toast success with Newcastle.

It also has indoor and outdoor pools, a private cinema, a squash court, two ballrooms, and a nightclub.