The Russian oligarch who paid Donald Trump $95 million for a Palm Beach house is planning to level the place, Gossip Extra has learned.
Fertilizer king Dmitri Rybolovlev bought the 33,000-square-foot digs in 2008.
It was South Florida’s richest ever transaction for a single family home!
And now, I’m told, Rybolovlev wants the destroy the white colonial-style crib — after having been in the house once or twice since he bought it in 2008!
One reason: mold!
Fungus that grew in the high moisture beach air has become a Walmart-sized problem!
Ultimately, a real estate source tells me, Rybolovlev could end up subdividing the 6.26-acre property, which includes a 475-foot-long beach, into as many as a dozen large beachfront lots.
“He’s pretty mysterious about his ultimate plans,” said the real estate source. “But it’s clear that the house will be leveled by the end of the year.”
Rybolovlev, who’s now spending hundreds of million on the French league soccer Monaco club, is in the middle of a nasty divorce that could end up costing him billions.
His wife still has a lien on the Palm Beach property, dubbed Maison de L’Amitie, although that is expected to be cleared soon.
Trump originally bought the digs in 2004 for $41.4 million from disgraced former nursing home tycoon Abe Gosman. It took two years to renovate, then Trump had realtor Kendra Todd, one of the winners of his NBC show The Apprentice, work on marketing the joint for a sale.
The Donald gave me a tour of the place in December 2005 as work on the house was about the end.
Trump showed me marble floors, bullet-proof windows, mahogany doors, giant skylights and a full-sized ballroom.
There were seven bedrooms with 18-foot ceiling, and a working art gallery in one of the wings.
Trump also had the basement (a rarity in coastal Florida) redone to accommodate 80 — you read well — 80 cars!
John Christiansen, Rybolovlev’s West Palm Beach lawyer, declined comment.
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