An heir to the Red Bull fortune was the deep-pocketed buyer behind Chicago’s most expensive home sale of the year.
Jiravat Yoovidhya, one of late Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya’s 11 heirs, and his wife, Supatra, bought the 130-year-old Georgian rowhouse in the posh Gold Coast neighborhood for $7.5 million, property records show. The closing in mid-October marked Chicago’s most expensive on-market transaction for over a year, according to the multiple listing service.
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Mr. Yoovidhya’s father created the Red Bull drink in Thailand in the 1970s, and with the help of an Austrian salesman, tweaked it for global consumption and turned it into the world’s best-selling energy drink. This particular son looks after the family’s real estate and hospital interests, according to Forbes, and is worth around $4 billion.
Property records indicate that this is the first time one of the heirs of Thailand’s richest family has purchased a home in Chicago. Mr. Yoovidhya could not be reached for comment.
He purchased the home from Anita Lisek and her husband, Bart Przyjemski, whose company, Noah Properties, gut renovated the home dating to 1886. The company restored the facade and redid 10,000 square feet of interiors.
“My husband bought the home as my Mother’s Day gift,” Ms. Lisek told Mansion Global days after the home closed. “He knew I always wanted to live in the heart of Gold Coast. It was my dream. We loved the location and saw the potential in the home. Plus it was one of the wider homes available and that was huge for us.”
The couple added an attached garage and the basement was excavated to get more ceiling height.
The newly finished four-story townhouse has a modern open floor plan and an elevator. The first floor consists of a kitchen, designed with backlit marble and glass countertops, and dining room, family room and living room all with trendy herringbone floors. There are six en-suite bedrooms, three powder rooms and radiant heat powered by solar panels.
Luxury amenities include a home gym, three laundry rooms, a media room with a 120-inch projector screen and a custom wine cellar.
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