With Roger Federer now finally enjoying his arguably rightful place at the top of the world's highest-earning athletes list for the first time, it's only natural to be curious as to just how the Tennis phenom lives his life.
Federer has made something of a reputation for himself as a classy, relatively humble operator in the last couple of decades, maintaining a fairly private existence and not opting for grand displays of his gargantuan wealth. But scratch a little beyond the surface, and it suddenly becomes quite clear that the multiple-time world number 1 has a portfolio of property to match some of the world's wealthiest people.
Now, details about one of the prize pieces of the 20-time Grand Slam winner's property holdings have come to light, with Federer's opulent Dubai Penthouse having recently resurfaced on the web.
Federer has previously spoken about his decision to invest in property in the Emirati city, saying that he was so impressed with the lifestyle and weather that he decided to use the place as a place to base himself during the cold winter months.
"I remember it was brutally hot, I think like 39 Celsius every day. But I had a good time practising, it was peace and quiet and we kind of enjoyed it here,” Federer once said.
"I was like, ‘You know, I think this works well for practice and leisure’. The next thing I knew, I had an apartment."
While it's tempting to think of the Swissman's taste for interior design as being somewhat more pared back and, well, Swiss, the Dubai penthouse he owns is instead a much more regal affair, decorated with lavish furniture and clasically-inspired interior design features.
The exclusive nature of the penthouse extends way beyond just the furnishings, however. The five-bedroom penthouse resides in the Le Reve (which translates to ‘The Dream’ in French), known as Dubai's most exclusive residential tower, which also reportedly boasts ex-F1 driver Fernando Alonso as a resident. The 567 sqm property includes a 80 sqm private terrace with sweeping views of the Dubai Marina, and the Burj Khalifa.
Naturally, all the imaginable mod cons are included. The apartment itself has lighting, temperature and multimedia controls in every room, while the building itself boasts a concierge service that apparently can organise a private jet, helicopter or a Ferrari at the push of a button.
Take a tour of the exclusive property below, and while you're at it, check out Michael Jordan's vast Chicago estate that's still on the market.