Coastal California has always been a place of big affluence and monster mansions. But nothing comes close to Hearst Castle, the glamorous San Simeon estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
William Randolph Hearst, a Controversial Millionaire
By the beginning of the 20th century W. R. Hearst was a rich man. At age 56 he finally entered into his inheritance, acquiring possession of 10 million dollars and 40,000 acres of ranch land in San Simeon. You know, historically speaking, $10 million was a lot back then, but today that sounds more like an average villa in Beverly Hills. Continue Reading