While Amazon dropped its plans to open a second headquarters in New York City, its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos decided to set up a residence in the Big Apple–and, in the process, scored the largest celebrity real estate deal of the year.
According to a report from Architectural Digest
, Bezos’ $80 million purchase
of a three-story, five-bedroom penthouse apartment overlooking Madison Square Park and the additional acquisition of the two units below was the most significant real estate transaction involving a celebrity in 2019. In comparison, the second highest ranking on Architectural Digest’s list–the $65.7 million purchase by rock icon Sting of a three-bedroom Manhattan penthouse–seemed like an affordable housing deal.
Other top deals involving the A-list included the sale of Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo of their three-story to their Beverly Hills mansion to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi for $45 million, Mark Zuckerberg’s $37 million purchase of a Lake Tahoe mansion next to a home he bought in 2018 for $22 million, and NBA star Stephen Curry’s new $31 million three-story mansion in Atherton, Calif.