When Chateau Louis XIV, an ostentatious 17th-century-styled French palace on the outskirts of Paris, sold for $300 million in 2015, it was widely believed to be the most expensive home sale in modern history.
The chateau had the expected immoderate touchings of Parisian royalty, with gold fountains, marble statues and elaborate gardens lining the 57-acre property. But the new development also featured the trappings of the 21st century — modern elevators, smartphone-controlled amenities, a moat and aquarium, his-and-her nightclubs, several lounges and pools.
But little has been written about the developer who built Cheateau Louis XIV or how he convinced one of the world’s most powerful — and controversial — billionaires to close the deal.
In this video, we go behind the scenes to show you how the world’s most expensive home was built and sold.
Video produced by Jhila Farzaneh and Konrad Putzier