State of Ikea founder’s home raises eyebrows
The former Swiss home of Ikea founder and multi-billionaire Ingvar Kamprad is for sale but the house itself is apparently worthless, according to media reports.
Kamprad, 88, moved back to his home country of Sweden last year after living in Switzerland for almost four decades.
The house in Epalinges, a bedroom suburb north of Lausanne, has frequently been described as modest for a man whose fortune is conservatively valued by Forbes magazine at more than $4 billion and by some estimates up to nine times that.
The flatpack furniture empire founder has carved out a reputation for being frugal, but Swiss media were astonished to discover that his home is too run down to live in.
“Current house to demolish,” reads an advert for the property carried on the Immoscout24 real estate website.
This is one of the drawbacks of a property that otherwise is comprised of a 4,150-square-metre flat parcel of land benefiting from a clear view of Lake Geneva, privacy and a quiet neighbourhood, according to the ad.
The house, a single-storey ranch-style villa with attached garage, is surrounded by large swaths of grass, dotted with a few trees and not much sign of professional landscaping.
On the plus side, Immoscout24 said it is possible to build eight new homes to replace the villa.
Asking price? Four million francs ($4.6 million).