The titans of the sports world rake in millions each year from team contracts, prize money, endorsements, and appearance fees. And they sure do know how to treat themselves.
From Kobe Bryant’s Orange County mansion, complete with a hair salon and a shark tank, to the Floridian palace Anna Kournikova shares with beau Enrique Iglesias, these over-the-top homes define luxury.
To estimate the approximate current value of the houses, we looked at recent sales and public assessors’ records, and we spoke to expert realtors and appraisers in these homes’ markets.
No. 4 Tom Brady’s sustainable estate
Quarterback for the New England Patriots
Estimated value: $27.2 million
Located in the elite Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Brady and his model wife Gisele Bündchen celebrate a year in their new home: a massive 22,000 square-foot estate with eight bedrooms, a six-car garage, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool with a spa, and a weight room where Brady can train.
Bündchen, who is a global ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, wanted to make sure that, despite the size of the home, it is environmentally friendly, and the roof is lined with solar panels.
The Brady-Bündchen family reportedly also has a new mansion in Brookline, Mass.’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, near where the Pats play, but it’s still under construction.
No. 3 David Beckham’s new West London digs
Former soccer player with Manchester United/LA Galaxy
Estimated value: $57.1 million
In October David and Victoria Beckham reportedly sold their 12-acre Hertfordshire estate for £12 million and snatched up a new “Beckingham Palace” in Kensington & Chelsea. The reported £30 million they paid for it, plus the £5million set aside for renovation, would be a value of US$57.1 million.
The home, they say, is beautiful: Largely unaltered for the last 150 years, it’s more than 9,000 square feet, with seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a panic room. Victoria Beckham is in charge of redecorating, and is said to have recruited the talent of friend and interior designer Kelly Hoppen to bring her posh vision to life.
No. 2 Tiger Woods’ Jupiter Island golf paradise
Estimated value: $60 million
Woods moved into his new Florida mansion in 2011 following his divorce. The house itself, while impressive with its huge oceanview windows and large wine cellar, has a whole lot more for the world’s highest paid athlete to enjoy: It also comes equipped with many property-side luxuries like a running track and 3.5-acre backyard golf course.
A recent Daily Mail article pegs the home’s current value at $60 million, but is careful to note a reported sinkhole in the middle of Woods’ dining room due to the place being structurally unsound.
No. 1 Stanley Kroenke’s massive Midwest property
Owner of the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, the St. Louis Rams, and Premier League soccer club Arsenal
Estimated value: >$132.5 million
In November 2012 Kroenke bought the 124,000 acre Broken O Ranch in Augusta, Mont. for a staggering $132.5 million. Broken O Ranch, which dates back to the 1800s, has an enormous capacity for agriculture and raising cattle, meaning it’s a money-maker.
If that weren’t enough, Kroenke also owns Wyoming’s 540,000-acre Q Creek Ranch, the largest contiguous ranch in the Rocky Mountains.
These, plus other properties, make Kroenke the eighth largest landowner in the country, with a total of 864,000 acres under his belt buckle.