Although 2020 was a wild ride for everyone, it was a particular whirlwind for Wondery and its founder, veteran media exec Hernan Lopez. In late December, Amazon acquired the four-year-old podcast company — now one of the nation’s largest podcast publishers, best-known for true crime shows like “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death” — in a deal reportedly valued at north of $300 million.
Lopez, the former CEO of Fox’s international arm, left Wondery immediately after the Amazon acquisition, choosing to focus on a new foundation he will launch to “progress the fight against systemic bias and racism,” per a statement. The 50-year-old has also vowed to progress the fight against some pesky federal corruption charges — last April, Lopez was indicted for bribery and money laundering related to his attempts at winning World Cup broadcasting rights for his former employer, 21st Century Fox. And the dual Argentina/U.S. citizen has also been busy finalizing a divorce from his first husband, Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Travis Kidner.
Despite those personal headaches of 2020, a big Amazon buyout means a big new house, and Lopez has paid exactly $20 million for a glossy (and glassy) mansion towering directly over the L.A.’s iconic Sunset Strip. Completed this year by a local developer, the strikingly contemporary showpiece was designed by XTEN Architecture and flaunts more than 10,000 square feet of living space. That’s a big step up for Lopez, whose previous Hollywood Hills home — a $2.4 million, 1980s modern structure he still owns — offered “only” 2,300 square feet within its boxy walls.