A couple of years ago, Forbes magazine came out with a list of top billionaire homes.
What was remarkable was the aerial photos of mansions owned by super-private billionaires such as Bill Gates, Michael Dell, George Lucas and Abigail Johnson of Fidelity. Many appear to have been shot from a helicopter or plane -- making the lack of cooperation from the owners meaningless.
Vanity Fair followed up in July 2006 with an article about hedge-funder wealth in Greenwich, Conn. To illustrate Nina Munk's highly entertaining story, the magazine ran crystal-clear photos of homes owned by Steven Cohen, Paul Tudor Jones II and others. The photo of the Cohens' home was especially awe-inspiring, showing 32,000 square feet of house with various outbuildings, a tennis court, English gardens, ice rink and a little gabled house for the Zamboni. It also showed several cars in the driveway, with two people standing near the front entrance.