Home Depot Guy's Own Home!
Being fired from a job, even an executive position, can be an opportunity of a lifetime, as was the case for Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. The men met when Marcus was CEO of Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers and Blank was Vice President of Finance. Both were fired from Handy Dan in 1978 after a disagreement and resulting power struggle within the company. Afterwards, together they founded Home Depot in 1979, the proverbial DIY paradise for handymen and women who love the convenience of having everything they need for their projects under one roof. At his retirement in 2000, Bernie was worth approximately $1.5 billion, which has increased to about $3.3 billion in 2013.
Bernie and Billi Marcus built their Atlanta mansion in 1987 in the elite gated Sandy Springs estate neighborhood, Wildercliff. The 10,314 square foot contemporary home also has a two-story attached apartment with kitchen, two bedrooms, bath and living room. The house is comprised of five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, the main level has a two-story living room, indoor pool, gym, large master with his-and-hers dressing rooms, two offices, cooks kitchen with commercial appliances and an indoor grill in the breakfast room. On the terrace level are the media room, wine cellar, playroom and half bath and a large unfinished storage area. Finishes include stone, tile, marble and large expanses of windows. There are two fireplaces and light southwestern touches can be found throughout the home.
The mansion that Home Depot built - now offered at $3.2 million.