If you’ve ever wanted to own a property once belonging to a disgraced former Politburo member, now is your chance!
A luxury French villa owned by jailed Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been placed on the market for around $8.5 million. If you’re interested, you had better act quickly and snatch it up before Chinese courts finally figure out a way to seize the mansion.
The villa is built on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean in one of Cannes’ most exclusive neighborhoods, where land is worth more than $8,000 per square meter (though it’s hard to put a price on being a part of history). According to its sales brochure, the 400-square-meter mansion has five bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two garages, and a 4,000-square-meter garden.
SCMP reports that the property was purchased in 2001 by Xu Ming, once one of the richest men in China, on behalf of Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai. During his trial, Bo denied any knowledge of the villa. Prosecutors said he only knew about it after the deal was already done, but didn’t act to do anything about it once he had found out. The villa was also once managed by British businessman Neil Heywood, Bo’s close business associate and Gu Kailai’s murder victim. It’s a long story. Anyway, the property is currently managed by a French-registered company, whose legal representative is Jiang Feng Dolby, a former Chinese state television anchorwoman and alleged gold digger and mistress of Xu.
Once a bright, rising star in the CPC, Bo Xilai now resides in another kind of luxury, somewhat different from that of the French Riviera, inside the walls of a fancy five-star prison, where he drinks milk for breakfast, chooses his own outfits, and faces various other miseries of imprisonment.
by Alex Linder
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