Ukranian-born Whatsapp founder Jan Koum became an overnight billionaire when Facebook bought the popular messaging app in 2014. Koum quickly sought to use his payday to join the monied folds of good ol’ Atherton. Over the course of four years, Kuom shelled out a hefty $57 million to amass a multi-acre mega-compound.
He bought five different properties, razed the existing structures and built two separate mansions. Koum also built two swanky detached garages that each measure in at an unbelievable 10,000 square feet — that’s five times bigger than most people’s houses!
Records also indicate that the computer programmer paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million on building the brand new structures on his property.
Bishop and James are a tech power couple that originally hail from foggy London but are currently based in equally overcast Seattle. James, currently on the board of Vital Voices, used to be the chief communications officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Bishop is the CEO of bio-tech startup Grail, which has already attracted around $2 billion in investments from Jeff Bezos.
They bought their contemporary, Tudor-inspired mansion, which has a whopping seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, in September of 2019. The modern-minded home also boasts a detached three-car garage, a pavilion, a swimming pool and a dining terrace with enough room for 30 diners.
When ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott served as the head of SAP SE, he and his longtime wife Julie lived in sunny Palm Beach. But since ServiceNow is based out of Silicon Valley, it comes as no big surprise that the McDermotts relocated to tony Atherton.
They bought their sumptuous, East Coast-traditional style mansion from another tech heavy weight — angel investor David Sacks, who’s well-known for pouring money into successful companies like PayPal.
Painted a sober shade of grey, the handsome home offers a little over 11,000 square feet of living space over three floors. The living room features a marble fireplace and French doors that lead out to a well-manicured terrace. Outside, there are two brick fireplaces, plus a one-bedroom guesthouse.
Encompassing a little over 9,500 square feet, Scapa’s estate is located on one of Atherton’s most desirable streets and is a resort-like compound packed with all sort of amenities. The lower level of the home has a yoga studio, a home movie theater big enough for 16, a golf simulator and even a wine cellar. Outside, there are golf greens (treacherous sand trap included), a lap swimming pool with a spa, a reflecting pool, and a fire pit situated near an outdoor kitchen.
Perkocha is one of the co-founders of one of the hottest tech firms in Silicon Valley, Apttus. His home was built by Pacific Peninsula Group, a favorite developer of the Atherton community, and is privately sited at the end of a cul-de-sac located in one of the town’s most desirable neighborhoods. Painted a trendy shade of grey, the home has clapboard siding and a traditional-style façade.
Inside, there are all sorts of luxurious goodies like a butler’s pantry, an enormous wine room, a home theater, a library and a billiards room. The master suite sports a marble bathroom and huge closet.
Outside, there’s a sumptuous pool and not-just-one but six lounging and eating areas. The guesthouse is also nothing to be poo-pooed. Directly overlooking the pool, it has its own contemporary kitchen and sitting room.
Though he’s actually looking to get out of Atherton, Ex-Facebook Vice President Mike Murphy still technically still owns the estate that he listed last September for $35 million. The property, massive by Atherton standards, actually includes two parcels of land that were combined into one huge three-acre estate.
Murphy custom constructed the 13,000 square foot Mediterranean-style mansion. There’s also a guesthouse and a tennis court.
The two pieces of land are available separately, one for $27 million, which includes the home and guest house, and the other for $8 million, which includes the tennis court. Gated and hidden behind tall hedges, this rare piece of Atherton property is sure to attract another tech titan soon.