I recently read a periodical in Forbes about the richest tech billionaires, summarizing their net worth and the companies they were a part of to amass their wealth. The majority of these tech giants have been allocating significant amounts of their net worth to commercial real estate as a vehicle to protect and grow their wealth. This trend demonstrates the need to consider this asset class in our own investment portfolios. The following is a quick summary of some of the world's richest tech billionaires investing in real estate...
- Larry Ellison - America's third richest man and the co-founder of Oracle is worth $43B. Larry has been on a real estate buying spree, purchasing over $600M in real estate over the last year, including two resort hotels and a housing development. He also owns a number of commercial assets in Malibu, California.
- Michael Dell $15.3B, Michael Dell uses MSD Capital to invest in commercial real estate assets. MSD has been actively acquiring commercial and multi-family properties, land development, and real estate-backed loan portfolios. MSD is where a good portion of Michael's wealth is coming from, according to Forbes.
- Paul Allen, Microsoft's co-founder, is worth $15B and owns Vulcan Real Estate actively manages and develops a diversified portfolio of $2.3 billion of commercial real estate investments.
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, is worth $25.2B and has recently been dubbed "America's Land Baron with nearly 300,000 acres of land.
- Bill Gates - With a net worth of $67B, Bill Gates holds a diverse portfolio of investments. His personal fortune is managed under a company called Cascade Investment LLC. Cascade Investment LLC is a diversified investment company with an emphasis on commercial real estate private equity managed by a subsidiary, Los Arboles Management.
- Sergey Brin - Worth $22.8B, Google's co-founder through his company Passerelle Investment Company has paid tens of millions of dollars to purchase a half-dozen commercial buildings in the last three years.
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