Tuesday 28 June 2022 05:21 AM Bill Gates buys 17th century palazzo in Rome for $170 million trends now

Tuesday 28 June 2022 05:21 AM Bill Gates buys 17th century palazzo in Rome for $170 million trends now
Tuesday 28 June 2022 05:21 AM Bill Gates buys 17th century palazzo in Rome for $170 million trends now

Tuesday 28 June 2022 05:21 AM Bill Gates buys 17th century palazzo in Rome for $170 million trends now

Bill Gates is purchasing a palazzo in Rome to convert into a lavish six-star hotel through Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - which he co-owns with a Saudi prince.

Four Seasons has put down a $21 million down payment toward the $170 million purchase price of the Palazzo Marini, a sprawling 17th-century complex just steps away from the Trevi Fountain, the Daily Beast reported, citing documents viewed at Rome's City Hall.   

Gates, through his Cascade Investment LLC, controls Four Seasons alongside a minority investment from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Saudi Arabia's self-styled answer to Warren Buffett.

Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding Company has made millions investing in companies such as Uber, Citigroup and Lyft, and the firm is one of the outside financial backers of Elon Musk's pending Twitter buyout. 

Bill Gates' Four Seasons has put down a $21 million down payment toward the $170 million purchase price of the Palazzo Marini in Rome (above)

Bill Gates' Four Seasons has put down a $21 million down payment toward the $170 million purchase price of the Palazzo Marini in Rome (above)

Gates, through his Cascade Investment LLC, controls Four Seasons

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Saudi Arabia's self-styled answer to Warren Buffett, owns 23.75% of Four Seasons through his Kingdom Holding Company

Gates, through his Cascade Investment LLC, controls Four Seasons alongside a minority investment from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (right)

Cascade and KHC first partnered up to take Four Seasons private in 2007. In January, Cascade upped its stake in the joint venture to 71.25 percent, buying half of KHC's prior 47.5 percent stake for $2.21 billion.

It left KHC with a 23.75 percent stake in Four Seasons. Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp, the company's chairman, also retains a 5 percent stake in the luxury hotel chain.

Alwaleed, 67, had long kept a tight grip on Kingdom's shares, owning all but the 5 percent traded on the Saudi stock market, until Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund purchased a 16.87 percent stake for $1.5 billion last month. 

A spokesperson for Four Seasons did not immediately respond to an inquiry about

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