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Whether it’s Saudi princes, Hollywood celebs or European royalty, many of the rich & famous own villas in Marbella. Some of the richest people on earth come to Marbella every year. It’s no surprise they have chosen Marbella to spend them precious time at, thanks to it’s beautiful weather, attractions, nightlife and luxury activities to keep them busy.
- King of Saudi Arabia – Salman Bin Abdelaziz – Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the head of the House of Saud and prime minister of Saudi Arabia. One of the richest men in the world, his family owns a huge palace in Marbella. The Saudi royal family’s connection with Marbella dates back more than 40 years, when Prince Fahd, who would rule Saudi Arabia between 1982 and 2005, decided to vacation there, later building a number of luxury properties.
- Lord Alan Sugar – Alan Michael Sugar, Baron Sugar is an English business magnate, media personality, and political advisor. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2015, Sugar has joined the “billionaire’s club” with an estimated fortune of £1.04bn, and is ranked as the 101st richest person in the UK. A keen cyclist, don’t be surprised if you see Alan Sugar whizzing past you on his bicycle if you’re in Marbella.
- Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith – these Hollywood celebs own a £5 million beachfront property – with a 40 ft swimming pool – the villa, named La Gaviota, is where the Hollywood pair have used as their summer home for more than a decade.
- Sean Connery – that’s right, 007 had a residence in Marbella from 1970 to 1998, where he was regularly seen playing golf when not filming. James Bond himself, the international man of suave & sophistication – plus a liscence to kill – has chosen Marbella to enjoy himself.
- Simon Cowell – Music & talent show multi-millionaire Cowell owns a huge luxurious property the Sierra Blanca area of Marbella. Simon Cowell’s luxury Marbella villa wa in the past s trashed by champagne-guzzling wannabes from his X Factor show.
- Mark Thatcher – son of Margaret Thatcher – Mark has spent a lot of time in Marbella, enjoying the sun and luxury surroundings of his Marbella property.
- TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson – the former Ready Steady Cook star to bought a property here, and eight years later he still appears to be enjoying himself, visiting six or seven times a year. When in Spain, Worrall Thompson tends to keep a low profile, enjoying the privacy afforded by the Las Lomas de Mijas mountains that surround his rustic bolthole (which also serves as an avocado farm – which no doubt supplies the chef’s kitchen).
- Fabio Capello – Football Manager – former manager of the England national football time likes Marbella so much, that when serving as the manager his commitment to the team was questioned as he was spending so much time on holiday in Marbella, rather than managing the team! Fabio Capello has also hosted charity golf tournaments in Marbella – not surprising as Marbella is by far the most popular golf destination in Spain. You will be impressed by the golf courses that are found along the Costa del Sol.
- Russian president Vladimir Putin – Putin splashed out £15 million on a Marbella villa, which sits on a hillside in one of Spains most exclusive – and expesive – private estates. The 4,000m² villa is being built on order for President Putin within metres of homes owned by Rod Stewart and the former mayor of Moscow. – source: Daily Mail
- Actor Dolph Lundgren – Dolph lives in Marbella and London with his wife and two children.
- Rod Stewart – Rod Stewart is said to have a palatial pad at La Zagaleta, a far cry from his early days as a struggling singer, when he was actually deported from Spain due to vagrancy.
In the summer months celebrities of all types descend on Marbella, whether it’s actors, models, sports people or tycoons having a break from the office, Marbella sees them all – including:
David Beckham, Bruce Willis, Paul McCartney, Craig David, Joan Collins, George Clooney, Sting, Rod Stewart, Amy Childs of TOWIE, Mark Wright, Joey Essex, Melanie Griffiths, Ashley Cole, Cheryl Cole, Bruce Willis, Calum Best, Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer), Chanelle Hayes, Chantelle Houghton, Cheeky Girls, Danielle Lloyd, Duquesa de Alba, Tom Cruise, Eduardo Cruz, Gary Lineker, George Best, Imogen Thomas, Joe Swash, Miranda Rijnsburger, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, Kelly Osbourne, Davina Taylor, Katie Price, Malissa Reeves, Nikki Sanderson, Zoe Salmon, Peter Andre, Piers Morgan, Pixie Lott, Sarah Harding, Shakira, Tom Jones, Niall Horan, Ray Parlour, Samuel L. Jackson, Louis Smith, Gavin Henson, Julio Baptista, Brigette Nielson