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Monster home for PeopleSoft founder?
Report: Software entrepreneur wants mega-mansion almost as big as homes of Gates and Dell combined.
October 6, 2005: 11:20 AM EDT
David Duffield's proposed home in Alamo, Calif., would even be bigger than the Hearst Castle down the coast in San Simeon.
David Duffield's proposed home in Alamo, Calif., would even be bigger than the Hearst Castle down the coast in San Simeon.
PeopleSoft founder David Duffield is planning his dream house.
PeopleSoft founder David Duffield is planning his dream house.
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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The founder of PeopleSoft is seeking permission to build a home that would be larger than the White House, William Randolph Hearst's castle in California or the home of Bill Gates.

The Contra Costa Times reports that David Duffield is seeking permission to build a three-story, 72,000-square-foot main home in Alamo, Calif. He's also seeking permission for 25,000 square feet of other buildings on the grounds, including a stable, pool and 20-car underground garage.

The paper did not give any estimated cost for the home. Duffield received nearly $800 million for the sale of his PeopleSoft stock in late December and early January, according to a Securities and Exchange Commisssion filing, although much of that stock was held in trust and there was no indication of the tax owed on those sales.

Not only would the new home dwarf the existing 8,000-square-foot house on the 22-acre property that would be torn down to make room for the new construction, it would be larger than some other famous structures around the world, the paper reports.

The paper reports that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is 64,108 square feet, Hearst Castle, the San Simeon, Calif., home of the 20th-century publishing tycoon, is 60,645 square feet, and the White House is 55,000 square feet.

It is also larger than the home of other technology tycoons, the paper reports. Gates, the world's richest man according to Forbes magazine, lives in a 40,000-square foot home in Medina, Wash.

Michael Dell, who started the largest personal computer maker that bears his name, has a 33,000-square foot home in Austin, Texas, and Apple founder Steve Jobs' Woodside home is 17,000 square feet, according to the paper.

Larry Ellison, the chairman of Oracle who led the successful hostile takeover of PeopleSoft that concluded earlier this year, has many properties, including a massive Japanese-style compound in Woodside, which cost an estimated $100 million to develop.

The paper reports that neighbors of the property are uniting to fight the proposed home.

Duffield is running a new technology startup in nearby Walnut Creek, Calif., called Workday, according to the paper.

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