Russian Billionaire Fills Home With 50 TVs


A billionaire investor who’s backed the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram has replaced all of the artwork in his home with TVs.

Yuri Milner was quizzed about his lavish lifestyle at a technology conference in Laguna Beach, California.

He revealed he had recently bought a $100m (£65m) mansion, which was filled with large pieces of artwork when he viewed it.

When the previous owners moved out, they took the art with them – leaving huge areas of bare wall space.

Instead of using his vast $3bn (£1.9m) wealth to buy new ones, he has replaced each one with a massive flat-screen television.

He wants every one of the 50 screens to receive streams from NASA’s Kepler space telescope.

He also told the audience at the Wall Street Journal event that he wears the same outfits so he has to spend less time deciding what to wear each day.

He said pinstripe suits were worn for business events, while a Nike shirt paired with shorts was used for casual occasions.

Mr Milner said that even the food he eats is pared down to the bare essentials, favouring salmon and plain white omelette over fancier fare.

He said: “I’m just trying to simplify my life to every extent possible. If you limit your choices, you can spend more time doing something else.”

As well as investing in some of tech’s biggest names – such as Alibaba, Zynga, and Groupon – he’s obsessed with space.

It’s perhaps not surprising – the Russian told the conference that he is named after Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

“It was obviously a major scientific and technological achievement, which drove me to be a physicist. Then, I abandoned science and went into business.”

Earlier this year he announced he would spend $100m searching for extraterrestrial life.