WELLINGTON — Another billionaire is putting down roots in Wellington!
Athina Onassis, the sole surviving heiress of shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, has just plunked down $12 million for 5.6 acres and a fancy horse barn in Grand Prix Village, a development near the Winter Equestrian Festival‘s show grounds.
According to county records, the seller is Mark Bellissimo, the controversial owner of the festival!
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: The often reclusive, 29-year-old Onassis paid cash for the property, where she plans on keeping and training their horses in winter.
Bellissimo ain’t talking and Craig Galle, the lawyer who closed the deal isn’t returning calls, but a source close to the situation tells me the property wasn’t for sale — until the heiress asked about it.
“Mark just built a new barn, which cost about $2 million,” said the source, who asked not to be named in this story. “All together, Mark spent less than $6 million on that property over the years.
“When someone came forward and offered double that amount, he couldn’t refuse.”
For tax purposes, the property is appraised for $3.8 million. The barn includes quarters for at least three stable boys.
County records show the buyer is Victory Equestrian Sports LLC, a company controlled by Onassis and her husband, Brazilian showjumper Alvaro de Miranda Neto.
Athina was the sole heir of Aristotle’s daughter, Christina Onassis, who died when Athina was 3.
In June, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, America’s richest man, spent $8.7 million on a Mallet Hill property where his young daughters and their horses could train.