Three-floor penthouse at sought-after London address One Hyde Park has been sold for whopping £136m ($221 million), making it themost expensive apartment sale on record. Identity of the owner of this amazing property is discovered, he is the Ukraine’s richest man. Rinat Akhmetov, 44, a self-made billionaire, the coal miner’s son and father-of-two, has already planned to invest another £60 million ($98 million) on renovations and interior design.
Owned by Ukraine’s most wealthy oligarch, Akhmetov, Systems Capital Management (SCM) is multifaceted, international business empire with interests in mining, finance, media and, since 2006, property. According to the Financial Times, Elena Dovzhenko, spokeswoman for Mr Akhmetov, confirmed that the oligarch’s holding company, System Capital Management, had invested in the property. Forbes estimated the fortune of Akhmetov, who owns 100% of SCM shares, at about $16 billion in 2011, and he holds the 39th position on the Forbes 2011 list of the world’s richest people.
World’s most expensive apartment comes equipped with a wine cellar, and thanks to a partnership with the Mandarin Oriental next door, residents are treated as hotel guests and can order room service. Windows are bullet-proof, and security comes courtesy of former British Special Forces officers. The building was developed by brothers Nick and Christian Candy, who have already sold 45 of the property’s 80 apartments, with each costing an average £22 million.
The previous record for property in the U.K. was also held by a Ukrainian. Viktor Pinchuk, ranked 336th on the Forbes 2011 list of the world’s wealthiest people with a fortune of $3.3 billion, bought a villa in London for £80 million.