Château de la Garoupe, confiscated from a Russian oligarch, was sold for the benefit of the State

The castle was confiscated from Russian businessman Boris Berezovski. The amount of the sale was not disclosed.

The luxury Château de la Garoupe, confiscated from Russian businessman Boris Berezovski, who died in 2013, has been sold for the benefit of the French state, the public agency responsible for the public institution learned on Monday. the file For reasons of confidentiality, the Agency for the Management and Recovery of Seized and Confiscated Assets (Agrasc) did not disclose the amount of the sale or the identity of the buyer.

As reported by the Nice-Matin newspaper, the new owner of this precious domain is Jan Koum, co-founder of the WhatsApp application, born in Ukraine and living in the United States at the age of 16. Still, according to Nice-Matin, the American billionaire, whose megayacht Moonrise has been moored in the Côte d’Azur all summer, spent almost 65 million euros, which would represent one of Agrasc’s best sales since its inception in 2010.

Picasso or Hemingway as guests

In addition to its privileged location at Cap d’Antibes, with a unique view of the sea, the Château de la Garoupe, built in 1907 for an English Lord, has also hosted Pablo Picasso or Ernest Hemingway. When it was announced that it would go on sale in June 2023Agrasc described the estate as having a mansion and five other buildings, all in a 10-hectare landscaped park with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis court.

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Château de la Garoupe was confiscated by the courts as the proceeds of a more serious money-laundering crime by an investment company (Sifi) and its manager, Jean-Louis Bordes, who were accused of being Boris Berezovsky’s fake nose. French justice, at the request of Russia, took more than 10 years to unravel a mix of companies and trace the flow of money used to acquire the castle, through the company Sifi, in 1996.

Since the visits of the imperial family in the middle of the century, The Cote d’Azur is very popular among Russians and especially the newly rich who acquired properties there after the collapse of the USSR. Boris Yeltsin’s gray supremacy, disgraced when Vladimir Putin came to power, Boris Berezovsky exiled himself to London where he became a staunch opponent of the Kremlin. He was found hanged in March 2013, in unclear circumstances.

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