The Montana property is being built by Tim Blixseth, a one-time singer-songwriter who turned to business. As planned, the 53,000 sq ft stone and wood property will be located at the Yellowstone Club, a private ski resort.
“I can’t believe the interest,” Mr Blixseth told ‘Forbes’ magazine. “Some of [the world’s richest] just have to have the best. Price is not an issue.”
But not everyone is enamoured by Mr Blixseth’s plan. Local environmentalists have complained that private clubs such as the Yellowstone, where members must have at least $3m in assets and pay a joining fee of $250,000, are damaging Montana’s environment and pushing up property prices to the detriment of local people. They also point out that Mr Blixseth has a record of planning and environmental infractions and has been fined millions of dollars by state and federal authorities.