Roger Jenkins just can’t seem to catch a break. Last year, he watched as ex-wife Diana Jenkins profited mightily upon selling the couple’s former Malibu home to her next-door neighbor. That deal was inked for a whopping $87 million — or more than quadruple the $21 million Roger originally paid, back in 2005, before granting 100% ownership to Diana.
To make matters more irritating, the famed English financier just can’t seem to sell his own Malibu home, the one he bought following his divorce from his Bosnian “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star ex. The couple split up in 2011, and Jenkins bought this house in 2015, paying $11 million. He’s now been trying to unload it, off and on, for nearly three years — initially with a $13 million ask that crept up to $16 million at the beginning of this year but has since tumbled all the way down to just under $10.7 million. Even with a full-list-price offer, Jenkins faces a $300,000 loss on the property — not counting taxes, maintenance and closing costs.
Luckily, Jenkins can probably afford that loss. Sometimes known by the nickname “Big Dog,” the 66-year-old was reportedly once the highest-paid banker in all of Britain; when he left Barclays in 2009; he received a record exit payout roughly equivalent to $80 million USD. Recently divorced from his third wife, Brazilian model Larissa Andrade, the former star dealmaker is back to living the bachelor life abroad.
And the current Malibu list price seems like a good value. After all, the Jenkins pad has a lot going for it — the property offers panoramic ocean views, and it’s perched within a discreet gated community, hidden high above and well away from bustling and noisy Pacific Coast Highway. The house itself is also quite large; there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms in nearly 6,500 square feet of living space. Sited on a one-acre lot, the estate also includes a full-size, north/south tennis court.
Outside, the mansion’s stylishly dramatic architecture is a not-so-subtle homage to both that famous movie mansion featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” and Frank Lloyd Wright himself. Built in 1984 but since remodeled, the contemporary structure flaunts high ceilings and big walls ideal for a modern art collection throughout. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors imbue the great room with head-on ocean views, and the eat-in kitchen has stainless appliances. Upstairs, the primary suite includes a sauna, fireplace and more coastal vistas, and all four guest bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms.
Inside, the property also contains a so-called “media suite,” which includes a games room and a temperature-controlled wine room that opens directly to the tennis court, so cooling off with boozy refreshments after a heated game is a proverbial breeze. Outside, atop the home, there’s a spectacular rooftop deck with whitewater ocean and coastline views that stretch from Santa Monica to Point Dume, and also on the premises is a lap pool tucked beneath an ivy-covered retaining wall.
Jenkins has moved back to his native U.K., and thus is eager to unload his American outpost. That’s great news for one lucky buyer, who just might score an incredible deal on this one-of-a-kind compound.