BEVERLY HILLS—Former Clippers owners Donald Sterling and his wife Shelly purchased a $18.382 million Beverly Hills mansion to add to more than 100 properties that they own in Los Angeles.
According to public records, the Tudor-style house, built in 1952, was previously owned by Tom Whalley, the former chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros. Records. Whalley purchased the Sunset Boulevard home in 2001 for $5.15 million.
The 1.59-acre gated estate, features two patios, a motor court, a swimming pool and a 1,000-square-foot pool house doubling as a guest house. The home encompasses over 7,000-square-feet of living space, and is equipped with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a den, a library, three fireplaces and a wetbar.
Sterling, 81, made his fortune as an attorney and through his “buying and flipping” real estate tactics. He has purchased two other homes in Beverly Hills for $5.16 million and $1.56 million in the last year alone, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Donald Sterling made headlines in April 2014 after he was caught on an audio recording making racist remarks to his girlfriend at the time, V. Stiviano. In a tape submitted to TMZ, Sterling could be heard saying, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” referring to Hall of Fame star, Magic Johnson. He continues that Stiviano was allowed to both associate and sleep with black men in private, but asked, “Why publicize it on the Instagram and why bring it to my games?”
Three days after the recording surfaced, Sterling was issued a lifetime ban from both the Clippers and NBA by commissioner Adam Silver. He was also fined $2.5 million.
Shelly Sterling sold the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion in August 2014 after a judge ruled against Donald Sterling’s attempt to block the sale.
Sterling filed for divorce from his wife, Shelly, of 60 years in August 2015, but they continue to spend time together, according to reports. Dustin Nicholas of Nicholas Property Group represented the Sterling’s in the transaction.