Although the deal went down way back in May, it’s only now emerged that the mystery buyers who dropped a whopping $45 million on the Beverly Hills home of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi were high-flying venture capitalist Mood Rowghani and his wife Tara Dhingra, a former top Uber employee and close associate of Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick. While that sales price is significantly under the $53.5 million the couple had originally sought for the celeb-pedigreed home, it’s still comfortably over the $42.5 million they paid for the place only about two years ago, back in May 2019.
Rowghani, born in Iran but raised in Texas and long based in Northern California’s Silicon Valley, co-led the $1 billion Digital Growth fund at venture capital juggernaut Kleiner Perkins before leaving to co-found the multibillion-dollar growth firm Bond. While at Kleiner Perkins, Rowghani led the firm’s early lucrative investments in Uber, Stripe, Waze, MyFitnessPal and a variety of other highly-valued tech companies, generating huge profits for his outfit. He’s also the younger brother of veteran tech tycoon Ali Rowghani, Twitter’s former CFO and COO.
Public corporation records reveal Dhingra is still the current principal at Travis Kalanick’s billion-dollar family office, and previously worked in “Special Projects” at Uber before leaving the company, according to reports.
And the past year has been yet another real estate whirlwind DeGeneres and de Rossi, who recently bought another 90210 home, sold their $55 million Montecito estate and immediately bought two other Montecito houses. Plus they paid $14.3 million to buy back a historic Montecito ranch previously owned by the couple from 2017-2018.
As for the sprawling Dhingra-Rowghani Beverly Hills estate, the 1933 English Tudor-style mansion was an early design of noted architect John Byers, sits on more than an acre of grounds, and flaunts a high-profile string of noteworthy past owners, particularly in recent years. During the early and mid-aughts, the place was owned by tennis legend Pete Sampras, who sold it for nearly $17 million in 2008 to “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick and his husband, attorney Erik Hyman. The property was subsequently renovated and photographed for Elle Décor before it was sold in 2018 to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and his wife Behati Prinsloo, in an off-market deal valued at nearly $34 million. Levine quickly flipped the house to DeGeneres and de Rossi, who themselves only owned the property a short while.