In 1985 Donald Trump bought this famous mansion on the Atlantic, added lots of gold plating, and turned it into a private club and spa for very special people. Sort of a bed-and-breakfast for the well-to-do. Mar-a-Lago is open to just about anybody who can pony up the $100,000 membership fee without jeopardizing the kids' college fund. If you are one of the few who can afford to join, membership has its privileges: a private beach, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, red clay tennis courts, a world-class spa, and the chance to hang out with celebrities. Known for his aversion to the ritual of the handshake, the Donald has no problem rubbing elbows with the rich and famous: Michael Jackson, Howie Dorough (of Backstreet Boys fame), and Charlton Heston are just some of the beautiful people who have dropped by the mansion for some R and R. Charity functions are also a good time for club members (and the occasional Trump family member) to mingle with Burt Reynolds, Mary Tyler Moore, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett, and Michael Douglas.

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