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A Taste of TIME's 100 Most Influential, in Real Estate

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For seven years running, Time has turned out an annual list of the 100 most influential people. Sadly, the magazine doesn't come out and tell their readers where these titans and tyrants live, but we managed to round up a few, and the homes of a Pixar animator, a Google co-founder, a new media baron, and a noted conservative billionaire await, after the jump. First on our mind, though, was the sheer irony of Ai Weiwei's situation. The Chinese artist—named to the Time 100 for the first time this year—is a frequent collaborator with architects, teaming up with Herzog & de Meuron to design the "Bird's Nest" stadium for the Beijing Olympics. Ai partnered with HHF Architects this country house for a pair of young NYC-based collectors (above), named a finalist for the "best new private house" of 2010 by Wallpaper*. His reward? Sadly, the Chinese government has found it necessary to imprison the outspoken Ai on unspecified "economic" charges.

? Author and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington created the popular online news and opinion outlet The Huffington Post and weathered several public relations snafus on the way to a $315M sale to AOL earlier this year. Even legions of unpaid contributors will have a hard time dislodging Huffington from her Los Angeles digs. The four-bed, five-bath Italianate mansion was built in the 1920s and sits in the tony neighborhood of Brentwood, but with that big payday, she might be looking to upgrade sometime soon.

? On the opposite side of the political debate from Huffington are the billionaire brothers Charlie and David Koch, owners of America's second largest private company and life-long conservative contributors. Despite their political agreement, the brothers don't seem to get together too often. Charlie beds down in the relatively anonymous golf community of Indian Wells, Calif. (above), while David has occupied some of Manhattan's finest residential properties, including Jackie O's former apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue and a 9,000-square-foot duplex at vaunted 740 Park.

? Once upon a time, John Lasseter was just some kid who liked to draw. Today, he's the head of Pixar and one of the most decorated animators of all time. But for a guy with such a creative mind, he lives in a relatively boring neighborhood in Sonoma, Calif. surrounded by similarly large houses crammed onto small lots. Strap some balloons on that thing and ship it off to parts unknown!

? At last count, Larry Page, Sergey Brin's partner in a little venture called Google, was worth nearly $20B. So it must have been frustrating when historic preservation precluded him from updating the aging wiring in this 1920s hacienda in Palo Alto, Calif. (above). No matter, he just started buying up nearby property and submitted plans to build a 6,000-square-foot eco-friendly mansion from scratch, complete with solar panels and a hook-up for his Tesla electric roadster.

· Ai Weiwei [Time]
· Best new private house [Wallpaper*]
· Tsai Residence [HHF]
· Arianna Huffington [Time]
· Arianna Huffington's House [Virtual Globetrotting]
· David and Charles Koch [Time]
· 74260 Desert Rose Ln [Blockshopper]
· 740 Park [Curbed NY]
· John Lasseter [Time]
· John Lasseter's House [Virtual Globetrotting]
· Larry Page [Time]
· Google Founder Building Eco-Mansion [Sustainability Ninja]