clock menu more-arrow no yes
Bill Gates’s Medina home.
Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images

Where do Washington State's billionaires live?

From Jeff Bezos to Howard Schultz

View as Map
Bill Gates’s Medina home.
| Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images

Multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos has been front-of-mind lately as Amazon plans expansions into New York City and just outside of Washington, DC—both cities where Bezos owns some high-priced real estate, with massive $23 million home in Washington, DC and ritzy Upper West Side apartments. But Seattleites know that Bezos’s home base is in one of the richest enclaves in the world, cozied up right next to the formerly first-richest, now second-richest person in the world, Bill Gates.

Bezos is the richest man in the world—at least, right now. He and Gates, in addition to being physical neighbors, are also financial neighbors, teetering around the tops of richest-people lists depending on how Amazon and Microsoft shares are doing. But lately, Bezos has kept his iron grip on the top spot, and doesn’t show many signs of dropping back to second, although $137 billion and $95.5 billion are both unfathomable amounts of money.

Those two, along with a few other billionaires—tech billionaires, Starbucks billionaires, even a sunglasses billionaire—all live within a couple hours of Seattle, although only one lives in Seattle proper. While they all don't spend their time living in Washington State exclusively, all of these billionaires own large swaths of property within. so we decided to map them all out. And yes, one of them owns an entire island.

Net worths are based on Forbes’s real-time billionaires list as of December 13, 2018.

Note: Some addresses included in the map are used for proximity and not actual addresses.

Read More

1. Jeff Bezos: Net worth $137 billion

Copy Link
Evergreen Point Rd
Medina, WA 98039

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos maintains his home in the ultra-rich community of Medina, which he’s had since the late 1990s. Bezos, his wife, and four children live in the 29,000-square-foot estate, complete with both a main house and a boathouse, along 200 yards of shoreline. It’s estimated to be worth around $70 million.

Bezos also owns property in Beverly Hills, which he expanded last year by buying the lot next door for a cool $12.9 million, and in DC, the former home of a textile museum.

2. Bill Gates: Net worth $95.5 billion

Copy Link
Evergreen Point Rd
Medina, WA 98039

Bill Gates’s house, dubbed “Xanadu 2.0,” is the stuff of legend around here: Located down the street from Bezos in Medina, the estate has 24 bathrooms, seven bedrooms, and a trampoline room with 20-foot ceilings. The pool spans both indoors and outdoors, separated by a glass wall that swimmers can dive underneath. Predating modern smarthomes, Gates’s home has had room-control touchpads and music that can follow visitors from room to room since 1995.

The whole thing took seven years to complete, and is reportedly worth around $124 million. A tour alone went for $35,000 at auction.

Not only are Bezos and Gates close in net worth—their properties are located on the same road in Medina. Do billionaires ever have to borrow a cup of sugar?

Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images

3. Steve Ballmer: Net worth $42.6 billion

Copy Link
3832 Hunts Point Rd
Hunts Point, WA 98004

Microsoft employee number 30 Steve Ballmer bought this four-bedroom Hunts Point home on two acres in 1987 for $1.33 million, according to data from Propertyshark. Since then, it’s increased in appraised value to about $13.6 million.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

4. Gabe Newell: Net worth $3.9 billion

Copy Link

Valve founder and Seattle-native Gabe Newell bought his vacation home in Ocean Park, north of Long Beach, Washington, more than a decade ago after falling in love with the grassy dunes in the surrounding environment. The house was completed by Replinger-Hossner Architects in 2001.

Location is for Ocean Park, not Newell’s home.

Grassy dunes leading down to the beach in Ocean Park, Washington.
Sarah Anne Lloyd

5. Howard Schultz: Net worth $3.4 billion

Copy Link
1500 42nd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

After a legal issue with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s driveway and nearby Viretta Park, he moved to the exclusive 12-home gated community the Reed Estate in Madison Park. One waterfront parcel in the estate with Schultz’s executive assistant listed as a contact was appraised higher than any of its neighbors: nearly $30 million.

Yes, he stops by his neighborhood Starbucks on occasion.

6. Ken Fisher: Net worth $3.2 billion

Copy Link
1980 SE 20th St
Camas, WA 98607

Ken Fisher’s money management firm Fisher Investments has operated out of Camas, located in Southwest Washington, north of Vancouver, since 2015. Last year, he and his family purchased a $10 million, 53-acre parcel of land adjacent, and he spends a lot of time in the southwest Washington town, although it’s unclear where he actually hangs his hat when he’s exploring the Pacific Northwest wilderness.

While he’s a recent newcomer to Washington’s slate of billionaires, Fisher has thrown himself head-first into Washington State residency, pouring more than $1.25 million into state politics since 2015, according to Washington State Public Disclosure Commission records. That includes more than $100,000 to Tim Eyman-backed tax-limiting initiatives.

7. Charles Simonyi: Net worth $3 billion

Copy Link
101 84th Ave NE
Medina, WA 98039

Charles Simonyi, Microsoft’s 40th employee, lives in "Villa Simonyi" a.k.a. "The Windows 2000 House." The modern estate, designed by architect Wendell Lovett, was inspired by painter Victor Vasarely, whose work Simonyi collects.

One unnamed architect described the home to The Independent as a “James Bond modern” in 1996: “It has a bed that rotates, and a place by the pool for rock bands to come and play, and he collects the work of a Hungarian abstract painter. There's a whole phone and entertainment console in the toilet. You could spend your day there."

King County appraised the home at $7.3 million.

8. James Jannard: Net worth $2.9 billion

Copy Link

While Forbes offhandly mentions a Seattle residence in its billionaire rankings, Oakley sunglasses mogul Jannard is best-known as owning the entirety of 500-acre Spieden Island in the San Juans, which he purchased in 1997 for $22 million.

9. Craig McCaw: net worth $1.8 billion

Copy Link
3858 Hunts Point Rd
Hunts Point, WA 98004

Craig McCaw, founder of what used to be McCaw Cellular, bought his Hunts Point property, just a stone’s throw from Ballmer’s, from saxophonist Kenny G (yes, Kenny G) in 1995 for an undisclosed amount. The Seattle Times described it at the time as a “12,000-square-foot English-style manor.”

Property records show that as of 2013, the home now belongs to his brother, fellow cable magnate Bruce McCaw—but regardless, the property is still in the McCaw family. King County recently appraised the home at more than $30 million.

1. Jeff Bezos: Net worth $137 billion

Evergreen Point Rd, Medina, WA 98039

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos maintains his home in the ultra-rich community of Medina, which he’s had since the late 1990s. Bezos, his wife, and four children live in the 29,000-square-foot estate, complete with both a main house and a boathouse, along 200 yards of shoreline. It’s estimated to be worth around $70 million.

Bezos also owns property in Beverly Hills, which he expanded last year by buying the lot next door for a cool $12.9 million, and in DC, the former home of a textile museum.

Evergreen Point Rd
Medina, WA 98039

2. Bill Gates: Net worth $95.5 billion

Evergreen Point Rd, Medina, WA 98039
Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images

Bill Gates’s house, dubbed “Xanadu 2.0,” is the stuff of legend around here: Located down the street from Bezos in Medina, the estate has 24 bathrooms, seven bedrooms, and a trampoline room with 20-foot ceilings. The pool spans both indoors and outdoors, separated by a glass wall that swimmers can dive underneath. Predating modern smarthomes, Gates’s home has had room-control touchpads and music that can follow visitors from room to room since 1995.

The whole thing took seven years to complete, and is reportedly worth around $124 million. A tour alone went for $35,000 at auction.

Not only are Bezos and Gates close in net worth—their properties are located on the same road in Medina. Do billionaires ever have to borrow a cup of sugar?

Evergreen Point Rd
Medina, WA 98039

3. Steve Ballmer: Net worth $42.6 billion

3832 Hunts Point Rd, Hunts Point, WA 98004
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Microsoft employee number 30 Steve Ballmer bought this four-bedroom Hunts Point home on two acres in 1987 for $1.33 million, according to data from Propertyshark. Since then, it’s increased in appraised value to about $13.6 million.

3832 Hunts Point Rd
Hunts Point, WA 98004

4. Gabe Newell: Net worth $3.9 billion

Ocean Park, WA
Grassy dunes leading down to the beach in Ocean Park, Washington.
Sarah Anne Lloyd

Valve founder and Seattle-native Gabe Newell bought his vacation home in Ocean Park, north of Long Beach, Washington, more than a decade ago after falling in love with the grassy dunes in the surrounding environment. The house was completed by Replinger-Hossner Architects in 2001.

Location is for Ocean Park, not Newell’s home.

5. Howard Schultz: Net worth $3.4 billion

1500 42nd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

After a legal issue with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s driveway and nearby Viretta Park, he moved to the exclusive 12-home gated community the Reed Estate in Madison Park. One waterfront parcel in the estate with Schultz’s executive assistant listed as a contact was appraised higher than any of its neighbors: nearly $30 million.

Yes, he stops by his neighborhood Starbucks on occasion.

1500 42nd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

6. Ken Fisher: Net worth $3.2 billion

1980 SE 20th St, Camas, WA 98607

Ken Fisher’s money management firm Fisher Investments has operated out of Camas, located in Southwest Washington, north of Vancouver, since 2015. Last year, he and his family purchased a $10 million, 53-acre parcel of land adjacent, and he spends a lot of time in the southwest Washington town, although it’s unclear where he actually hangs his hat when he’s exploring the Pacific Northwest wilderness.

While he’s a recent newcomer to Washington’s slate of billionaires, Fisher has thrown himself head-first into Washington State residency, pouring more than $1.25 million into state politics since 2015, according to Washington State Public Disclosure Commission records. That includes more than $100,000 to Tim Eyman-backed tax-limiting initiatives.

1980 SE 20th St
Camas, WA 98607

7. Charles Simonyi: Net worth $3 billion

101 84th Ave NE, Medina, WA 98039

Charles Simonyi, Microsoft’s 40th employee, lives in "Villa Simonyi" a.k.a. "The Windows 2000 House." The modern estate, designed by architect Wendell Lovett, was inspired by painter Victor Vasarely, whose work Simonyi collects.

One unnamed architect described the home to The Independent as a “James Bond modern” in 1996: “It has a bed that rotates, and a place by the pool for rock bands to come and play, and he collects the work of a Hungarian abstract painter. There's a whole phone and entertainment console in the toilet. You could spend your day there."

King County appraised the home at $7.3 million.

101 84th Ave NE
Medina, WA 98039

8. James Jannard: Net worth $2.9 billion

Spieden Island, Washington 98250

While Forbes offhandly mentions a Seattle residence in its billionaire rankings, Oakley sunglasses mogul Jannard is best-known as owning the entirety of 500-acre Spieden Island in the San Juans, which he purchased in 1997 for $22 million.

9. Craig McCaw: net worth $1.8 billion

3858 Hunts Point Rd, Hunts Point, WA 98004

Craig McCaw, founder of what used to be McCaw Cellular, bought his Hunts Point property, just a stone’s throw from Ballmer’s, from saxophonist Kenny G (yes, Kenny G) in 1995 for an undisclosed amount. The Seattle Times described it at the time as a “12,000-square-foot English-style manor.”

Property records show that as of 2013, the home now belongs to his brother, fellow cable magnate Bruce McCaw—but regardless, the property is still in the McCaw family. King County recently appraised the home at more than $30 million.

3858 Hunts Point Rd
Hunts Point, WA 98004

Related Maps