It turns out that it was media mogul Patrick Whitesell, as has been widely rumored, who last year paid $42.9 million for a massive and particularly lavish Los Angeles home. Set behind gates and an exceptionally long driveway on one of Holmby Hills’ most prestigious streets, the custom Tuscan-style villa had been listed at nearly $60 million by the seller, local businessman Jack Rimokh. By the time he was picked up by an LLC front for Whitesell – a former talent agent and executive chairman of Endeavour, who along with his longtime business partner Ari Emanuel allegedly possesses Endeavor shares worth $840 million – the asking price had reached $51.5 million.
Despite his success in the entertainment industry and his obvious wealth, Whitesell isn’t exactly a household name. For the casual follower of the news, the 57-year-old Iowa native is probably best known for his very public split from first wife Lauren Sanchez and subsequent marriage to his current wife, the model/actress. Australian Pia Whitesell, née Miller. (Sanchez, a veteran LA reporter and entertainment reporter, is now partnered with Jeff Bezos.)
Custom built in 2001 and first owned by the late CEO of Williams-Sonoma W.Howard Lester, the Holmby Hills estate spans 1.35 acres and includes a main mansion and a two-story guest house that together span nearly 20,000 square feet of living space, with five bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, five powder rooms and additional maid quarters. Lester died in 2010 and his widow sold the LA resort two years later for $23 million to Rimokh.
The Whitesells are said to be revamping their new Holmby Hills pad and have therefore not yet moved into the place; they also left Whitesell’s longtime Beverly Hills estate, which he shared with Sanchez and put up for sale last year for $22 million. (This 90210 property has yet to be sold.) While waiting for renovations to be finalized, the couple are reportedly sleeping in a swanky beachfront rental home in Malibu — when frequent travelers aren’t traveling through the world, of course.