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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch sold to billionaire

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2004
                                The rear entrance to pop star Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch home in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Burkle’s spokesman said in an email today that Burkle bought the 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2004

    The rear entrance to pop star Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch home in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Burkle’s spokesman said in an email today that Burkle bought the 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2016
                                Ron Burkle rides along the victory parade route for the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey team, in Pittsburgh. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Burkle. Burkle’s spokesman said in an email today that Burkle bought the 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2016

    Ron Burkle rides along the victory parade route for the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey team, in Pittsburgh. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Burkle. Burkle’s spokesman said in an email today that Burkle bought the 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2006
                                Michael Jackson waves in Tokyo. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Burkle’s spokesman said in an email Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, that Burkle bought the 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2006

    Michael Jackson waves in Tokyo. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Burkle’s spokesman said in an email Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, that Burkle bought the 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California.

LOS ANGELES >> Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle.

Burkle views the 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara, as a land banking opportunity, his spokesman said today in an email.

The Wall Street Journal reports the property was sold for $22 million to Burkle, an associate of the late pop star and co-founder of the investment firm Yucaipa Companies.

The asking price of the property was $100 million in 2016 then dropped to $67 million a year later.

In addition to a 12,500 square-foot main residence and a 3,700 square-foot pool house, the property boasts a separate building with a 50-seat movie theater and a dance studio.

Other features on the ranch are a “Disney-style” train station, a firehouse and barn.

Burkle’s spokesman said the billionaire had been eyeing Zaca Lake — which adjoins the property — for a new Soho House, a members-only club with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Toronto. Burkle ultimately decided the location was too remote and expensive for a club.

Burkle is the controlling shareholder of Soho House.

After Burkle saw the property from the air, he put in an offer to purchase.

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