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Moving up! Rihanna splashes out $21M for penthouse atop luxury LA skyscraper: all the details
2023/06/30

Pop icon Rihanna is taking her real estate portfolio to new heights. The Barbadian singer recently purchased a $21.15 million penthouse in Century City, Los Angeles, previously owned by Friends star Matthew Perry. 

At 35, Rihanna shows no signs of slowing down. From music to movies to makeup, the multi-hyphenate star seems to conquer every industry she touches. Now, she's making big moves in LA's luxury real estate market.

Rihanna's new penthouse spans the entire 17th floor of the Century Condominiums, a 42-story tower completed in 2009. With 5,230 square feet of living space and 360-degree views of the city skyline, the contemporary home features four bedrooms and six bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the open-plan living areas with natural light.

Growing family: Pregnant Rihanna ensured her family has plenty of room to grow by purchasing the 40th-floor penthouse in the same building, where she already owns a three-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot home; seen last month

More room: Ahead of the birth of her second child , the expectant singer, 35, bought a sprawling condo, previously owned by Matthew Perry, that 'is more than double the size of her previous one, spanning a whopping 9,290 square feet with four bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths,' according to Architectural Digest

Twice the size: Despite its steep listing price of $28 million, she was able to negotiate it down to $21 million, which is $600,000 less than the owner, Afterpay co-founder Nick Molnar, paid the Friends star, 53, for it back in 2021

The purchase comes amid a whirlwind year for Rihanna. She recently announced her first pregnancy with partner A$AP Rocky and completed filming as Smurfette in an upcoming Smurfs animated film. Her smash hit makeup and lingerie brands, Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty, have revolutionized their industries with a wide range of sizes and styles for all. 

Cozy: The performer will reside there with her baby boy, whose name she has not publicly revealed yet, and her rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky, who she began dating after nearly a decade of friendship

Lush: A year later, he lowered the price of the lush pad, adjacent to ritzy Beverly Hills, by $8 million to $27 million, before finally offloading it for $21.6 million to Afterpay co-founder Nick Molnar

Wow: According to the Los Angeles Times , it was 'Southern California's priciest condo sale since 2015'

Hard sell: The outlet also pointed out that Perry spent nearly as much time selling the home as he spent living there

Despite her success, Rihanna remains grounded in her roots. "Home is where the heart is, right?" she says. "I never forget where I came from. I never forget my roots." From the island of Barbados to the top of the world, Rihanna inspires with her journey of following dreams.

For over 15 years, Rihanna has reigned over pop music. Now her Fenty brands and new film roles cement her status as a beauty and fashion mogul on the level of Rihanna, Inc. At the height of her career, with over 200 million records sold and nine Grammy wins, her star power seems boundless.

What a view: The Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing author bought the penthouse for $20 million in 2017. The condo is equipped with four bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four terraces with outstanding views of Los Angeles and its surroundings, from the DTLA skyline all the way to the Pacific Ocean

Plenty of space: Built in 2010, the Century is a celebrity-friendly gated building featuring round-the-clock concierge services along with top-tier security

Incredible: Other features include a giant pool replete with cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness area, movie theater, private wine storage and many more amenities

Ready to move in! At least two of the bedrooms face endless 360-degree-view windows looking out onto the City of Angels, while the kitchen offers a hefty bar area with room for at least five people

Perfect for a superstar: Ample seating area galore allows the apartment to become a perfect hub for entertaining

New digs: The sprawling terrace areas add that extra touch of excellence, making this property fit for the superstar

Fit for a billionaire: The large price tag won't make much of a dent in Rihanna's bank account, considering she is among the world's wealthiest women in the world, thanks to her lingerie and beauty brands

Success: She placed at number 2002, with an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion, on Forbes' list of billionaires 

Doing better than ever: Back in July 2022, was featured in Forbes' annual list of America's richest self-made women. The Umbrella hitmaker was the only woman under the age of 40 to be featured in the line-up

Paying for her own lavish lifestyle: Rihanna officially became a billionaire in 2021 - making her the richest female musician in the world and the second richest female entertainer after Oprah Winfrey

Impressive: The Diamonds songstress has racked up $1.4 billion throughout her decade-long career - the majority of which has come from her fashion brands and her skincare and cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, Forbes reported at the time 

Entrepreneur: It was claimed that the bulk of the popstar's money comes not from her singing career, but from her 50 per cent stake in her acclaimed cosmetics line Fenty Beauty - a joint venture with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH - which is now worth $2.8 billion in total 

Triple threat: Between that and her $270 million stake in her wildly successful Savage X Fenty lingerie line, combined with the profit she has made from her 16-year recording career as a chart-topping singer and actress, all make up the hitmaker's massive wealth

Motherhood: Rihanna has had plenty to celebrate in the last few months; as well as her business successes, the popstar also became a mother for the first time in May, when she welcomed a baby boy with her long-time friend-turned-fiance, ASAP Rocky

The new LA penthouse adds to Rihanna's existing real estate portfolio, which includes properties in Barbados, London, and New York. Wherever her businesses and dreams take her, she makes sure to find a place to call home.

As for the Century City penthouse's previous owner, Matthew Perry remains best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom Friends. The show aired for 10 seasons between 1994 to 2004 but lives on today in reruns, gaining new fans of Perry's comedic talents and the show's memorable ensemble cast.

A lot of hard work: Barbados-born Rihanna was discovered in 2003 in her home country by American record producer Evan Rogers, who sent her demo to Def Jam Recordings

Fate: It eventually fell into the hands of Def Jam's president Jay-Z, who invited her to come in and perform and instantly fell in love with Rihanna - and the rest is history

She went on to become one of the best-selling music artists of all time - having currently sold more than 250 million records worldwide for her hits like Pon de Replay, Umbrella, SOS, Unfaithful, Good Girl Gone Bad, and Don't Stop the Music, to name a few

Stardom: She also starred in a few movies and became a big name in the fashion industry for collaborating with brands like Armani, Dior, and Puma

The best in the business: She put her music career on pause in 2017 to focus on her business ventures, launching an enormous cosmetics company called Fenty Beauty - which includes products like foundations, highlighters, bronzers, blush, and lip glosses, and has surpassed other celebrity cosmetics brands such as Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty in sales

A year later, she expanded the company with her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand, which sells underwear that comes in a variety of sizes to fit all kinds of people

Just getting started: She has also released a luxury fashion house called Fenty and a skin care brand called Fenty Skin, and there's rumors that she's currently gearing up to release a line of hair-care products called Fenty Hair

It all paid off: Rihanna's endeavors have made her one of the most well-known stars in Hollywood, and have earned her more than a billion dollars along the way

But how exactly did she go from a teen popstar to a billion-dollar businesswoman? FEMAIL has broken down her impressive career from start to finish

Humble beginnings: While Rihanna may be one of the biggest stars in the world now, but it took a lot for her to get there

While the hilarious Chandler brought laughter into homes for years, Rihanna now brings her own gifts of beauty, style and song as she makes new memories in the Century City penthouse. Two legends have passed through its 17th-floor halls, each in their own way defining an era. The luxe home seems a fitting place of rest for such bright stars.

Tough upbringing: The top-charting artist didn't have the easiest childhood - growing up with an abusive father who left the family at 14, forcing her to care of her siblings while her mom worked to keep the family afloat

Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, Rihanna was the daughter of an accountant named Monica and a warehouse supervisor named Ronald

Motivated: She grew up in a three-bedroom house in Saint Michael, Barbados, with her two brothers, two half-sisters, and a half-brother; As a child, she helped her dad sell clothes in a stall on the street

Unstable childhood: She later said that her father physically abused her mother and that he suffered from alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction

For Rihanna, the sky is the limit as her castle rises high above Los Angeles. The diamond diva shines on, her kingdom expanding horizon to horizon in a reign that knows no end. Her wild dreams have led her far, with many more adventures still to come for pop's eternal queen. 

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