The daughter of Kazakhstan’s former president has bought a 350-year-old Swiss castle worth EUR 102 million.
Dinara Kulibayeva, 54, has reportedly bought the Chateau de Bellerive for CHF 106 million (EUR 102 million; GBP 85 million). The US business magazine Forbes has estimated that she controls a fortune worth CHF 3 billion (GBP 2.89 billion).
Her father, former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who ruled the country from 1990 to 2019, announced his definitive withdrawal from politics following his resignation after significant unrest in the country at the beginning of the month that led to an intervention by Russian-led forces to restore order.
Dinara Kulibayeva, his daughter and one of his most loyal supporters, has reportedly lived in Switzerland for over a decade, in a villa in the nearby municipality of Anieres, which is also on Lake Geneva.
The villa is said to include 22 rooms, 1,600 square metres (17,222 square feet) of living space, underground parking for 13 limousines, and a 25-metre (82-foot) swimming pool. Its 2010 purchase price of CHF 74.7 million led to a money laundering investigation by federal prosecutors.
But it would appear that the plush villa is no longer enough to meet the former dictator’s and his daughter’s needs, with the nearby castle now reportedly being purchased too.
Swiss media have speculated that the former dictator will move into the castle to live out his days.
The Chateau de Bellerive was built in 1666 by the Duke of Savoy and the former Kazakhstan President’s daughter is said to have purchased it from heirs of the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933-2003).
The new owners are reportedly negotiating extensive renovation plans with the local authorities.