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Russian Billionaire Gets Green Light for Upper East Side Mega-Mansion

Good things come to those who wait, apparently — at least in regards to the construction of mega-mansions by Russian billionaires.

After ruling against his original plans to combine three homes into an 18,255-square-foot Upper East Side mansion — with a 30 foot backyard and a swimming pool in the basement — in April, the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved new plans submitted by Roman Abramovich, who has a net worth of $9.3 billion and owns Chelsea F.C.

According to real estate website 6sqft, the revised plan from architect Steven Wang means that there will no longer be dramatic changes to the facades of the properties and that they will not look like one single home from outside.

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