Even though she already owns a brain-disintegrating luxury real estate portfolio worth nearly $100 million, including lavish homes in Bel Air and Malibu, Taylor Thomson wants a new mansion. And this time, the 62-year-old media heiress and former actress isn’t playing around — records reveal she’s paid about $48.7 million for a Hollywood-pedigreed Santa Monica compound sold by Shane Smith, the cofounder of Vice Media. That sale price is, by several million dollars, the most ever paid for a home in Santa Monica and on the entire Westside of Los Angeles, an area that also includes the posh neighborhoods of Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.
But with a reported net worth of $7.5 billion, Thomson can afford to indulge her every real estate whim. Canada’s second-richest woman, she’s a member of the ultra-private Thomson clan, which has for decades reigned supreme as Canada’s wealthiest family. Forbes says the Thomsons have a collective net worth of about $44 billion, as stewards of a media empire founded by Taylor’s grandfather Roy Thomson. Their biggest asset: Woodbridge, the holding company that owns a controlling stake in Thomson Reuters; Taylor herself reportedly retains a 14% stake in Woodbridge.
Built in 1932, Taylor’s new Santa Monica manse remains best known for its starring role in the 1984 Eddie Murphy blockbuster “Beverly Hills Cop,” where it served as the setting for the film’s climax, an epic shoot-out between Murphy and evil mobster Victor Maitland’s goons. The estate — christened Villa Ruchello — also appeared in “Entourage.”
In 2015, the house was sold for $23 million, sight unseen, to Smith, who with his wife Tamyka embarked on a multimillion-dollar remodel of the rundown premises, which had reportedly been vacant for some time. The Smiths replaced “all the electrical and all the plumbing,” per Tamyka, and they also gave the ol’ girl a seriously expensive facelift, while preserving the home’s grand hacienda-style architectural authenticity.