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Here's an inside look at life on the French Riviera's 'Peninsula of Billionaires,' an exclusive seaside community beloved by royalty and tech tycoons

Here's an inside look at life on the French Riviera's 'Peninsula of Billionaires,' an exclusive seaside community beloved by royalty and tech tycoons
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The seaside Mediterranean village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat earned its nickname thanks to its opulent historic villas owned by millionaires.

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The French Riviera town has been nicknamed the "Peninsula of Billionaires."
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The French Riviera is known to be a playground for the rich and famous. 

But of all the seaside towns, the village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat stands apart. The exclusive coastal community, known for its yacht-filled harbor and opulent historic villas, is home to only about 1,600 permanent residents.

"There are almost too many billionaires living here to count," Edward de Mallet Morgan of Global Super Prime Residential told CNBC in 2018.

Here's what it's like in the affluent seaside community of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a town of about 1,600 people in the south of France.

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It's located on the French Riviera, on a peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, about a 25-minute drive from Nice.

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is known for its striking coastal views, stately villas, ultra-luxurious hotels, and yacht-filled harbor.

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The French Riviera town has been nicknamed the "Peninsula of Billionaires."
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And in the 1950s and 60s, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat was a vacation destination for Hollywood actors like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Gregory Peck.

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on vacation at La Fiorentina in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
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One of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat's most iconic hotels for the well-heeled is the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, now managed by the Four Seasons.

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The 49-room hotel opened in 1908.

In 2011, it was was one of just eight French hotels given "palace" status, a new industry classification for luxury hotels that goes beyond the usual five stars.

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The hotel is a go-to accommodation for the well-heeled during the nearby Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Nightly rates start at about $970 for a suite.

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Another five-star hotel that's a magnet for celebrities is the Hotel Royal Riviera, a 94-room dusty-pink-hued hotel built in 1904. Nightly rates start at about $260.

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Beyond its luxurious hotels, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is known for its opulent historic villas.

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One of the most famous is Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, built by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild of the prominent French banking family between 1905 and 1912.

After the death of the baroness in 1934, Villa Ephrussi was bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, an organization charged with protecting France's artistic heritage.

It's now open to the public for visits to its gardens, shopping at the gift shop, or relaxing with some refreshments in the tea room. Entry is €15 or about $16.50.

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But many of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat's most magnificent villas are privately owned by some of the world's wealthiest people.

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"There are almost too many billionaires living here to count," Edward de Mallet Morgan of Global Super Prime Residential told CNBC in 2018.

Many other villas — like Villa Maryland — in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat are privately owned.

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Late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was the owner of the Villa Maryland, an 18-bedroom hilltop mansion in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, from at least 1996.

The Wall Street Journal estimates its current worth at about $100 million.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly stayed in the mansion during the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008.

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Another of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat's most iconic villas is Les Cèdres, a 189-year-old, 14-bedroom mansion that was purchased in 2019 for $221 million.

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The villa 'Les Cèdres,' which once belonged to King Leopold II of Belgium, in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat.
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Ukraine's richest man, billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, was the buyer of the historic villa that sits on 35 acres of gardens.

In 2017, the mansion was on the market for $410 million, making it the most expensive home for sale in the world at the time.

High-profile individuals visitors to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat include former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill ...

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Winston Churchill with English writer William Somerset Maugham at the writer's villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in 1959.
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... actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin ...

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Chaplin with his daughter, Josephine, on vacation in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in 1957.
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... and Marie-Chantal, the crown princess of Greece.

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Marie Chantal Miller, the future wife of Prince Pavlos of Greece, strikes a pose in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in 1991.
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Former US presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton are also among the area's high-profile visitors.

French writer Jean Cocteau and artist Pablo Picasso were frequent visitors to the Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, owned by socialite Francine Weisweiller.

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The villa is now a tourist attraction and hosts star-studded art events.

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"Game of Thrones" actress Nathalie Emmanuel at Villa Santo Sospir on September 6, 2018.
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Today, the Mediterranean village is frequented by celebrities, including actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, Dwyane Wade, as well as singer and actress Rita Ora.

Source: The Sun

Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha and her family have a summer home in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat doesn't seem likely to lose its status as a haven for millionaires and billionaires anytime soon.

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