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The Lavish Los Angeles Mansions of Dictators' Kids, Plutocrats, and Other Shady Figures

The saga of the super illegal Bel Air megamansion at 901 Strada Vecchia, and the prolific megamansion developer behind it, Mohamed Hadid, has pitted Hadid against wealthy, exasperated neighbors, and in the process revealed how difficult it can to figure out who exactly owns some of Los Angeles's most extravagant, expensive mansions. The issue, the New York Times points out, is that ownership of these homes often belongs not to a person but to a shell company, usually a limited liability corporation (LLC), that's designed to keep the owner's name shielded from prying eyes and, in the case of Strada Vecchia, litigious ones.

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