Gary Shansby

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: Partida Tequila
INDUSTRY: Venture Capitalists

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: He’s a private-equity-firm investor turned tequila entrepreneur who happens to have the priciest home on the market in Sonoma—a 362-acre spread that features a stunning 11,600-square-foot, Tuscan-style villa on a hilltop. He bought the completely undeveloped property in 1990 for a little more than $5 million, and transformed it into a lavish estate that boasts a pool, spa, a 10-acre vineyard with Syrah grapes, a two-bedroom guesthouse, and horse stables. It all can be yours for a mere $35 million.

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