Gary Shansby



Partida Tequila



What makes them 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 $3 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. The $35 million property has since sold to a renowned wealthy financier. Shansby also renovated a townhouse in the Nob Hill neighborhood where he lives with his wife, OJ.