The 100 Most Expensive Homes in Dallas 2005

Our biennial peek at the pads of the rich and famous reveals surprising changes. Sixteen new people have made the list. Others have slipped or risen on it. We, like you, are voyeurs. So come on upstairs with us and have a look inside the medicine cabinet.


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A Few Words About Methodology  
For rankings, we used January data from single accounts with the Dallas Central Appraisal District. Many wealthy people buy the house—or houses—next door to extend their domain. Tom Hicks, for instance, tops our list with a $25.9 million spread on 20 acres. But that figure doesn’t include the adjoining plots he owns, kept under different DCAD accounts, representing another 5 acres and $3.6 million in appraised value. Just bear that in mind. Also, in almost every case, we took our cue from the DCAD in listing spouses’ names. If the house is in the husband’s name only, we listed only his name.

1. Cinda and Tom Hicks >>
Owner of the Stars and Rangers. 28,996-square-foot house on 20 acres off Walnut Hill Lane.

2. Lyn and John Muse
CEO of LBO firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst. 25,000-square-foot Highland Park home.

3. Harlan Crow
Real estate mogul and son of Trammell Crow (No. 9), who lives just down the street.

4. Ed Cox (3)
Oilman and arts patron; SMU’s business school bears his name. 19,650-square-foot house on Beverly Drive.

5. Joyce and Larry Lacerte (4)
Co-founder of Lacerte Software sold the business in 1998 for $400 million cash. 26,620-square-foot Park Lane home has 10 fireplaces.

6.  H. Ross Perot (5)
Founder of EDS and Perot Systems. One of the planet’s richest people, with $3.8 billion.

7. Mark Cuban (9)
Mavericks owner. Cubes has added about 3,000 square feet and $3 million in appraised value to his Preston Hollow home since 2003.

8.  Gene and Jerry Jones
Cowboys owner. 14,044-square-foot villa sits next to neighbor Trammell Crow (No. 9).

9. Trammell Crow
Eponymous founder of real estate firm. He lives on Preston Road, next door to Jerry Jones (No. 8).

10. Lisa Blue and Fred Baron
Trial lawyer and founder of Baron & Budd, where he met lawyer wife Blue. Preston Hollow house designed by architect A.M. Stern.

11. Roxanne and Gene Phillips (6)
Real estate schemer. Recently hit with a record SEC fine. Preston Hollow estate.

12. Gerald Ford (7)
Banker. Chairman and CEO of investment firm Diamond A. Ford Corporation. Owner of Breeders’ Cup champ Pleasantly Perfect.

13. Debbie and John Tolleson (16)
Financier, founder of First USA. Arts-patron power couple recently gave $1 million to the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

14. Suzanne and Patrick McGee (12)
Inheritrix and investment banker. Suzanne is daughter of Ross Perot (No. 6). Patrick is founding partner of Brazos Investment Partners.

15.  Mary Clare and Stan Finney (13)
Financier, owner of SpyGlass Trading. Finneys are philanthropists and often host charitable parties at their University Park home.

16. Linda and Allen Meyer (15)
Dairy magnate. Meyer is the reclusive chairman and CEO of National Dairy Holdings, one of the largest dairy processors in the country.

17.  Baxter Brinkmann
To Baxter Brinkmann we say: it’s about time you made the list. Brinkmann, 64, is the founder, owner, and CEO of the Brinkmann Corporation, maker of outdoor grills, flashlights, and too many other consumer and industrial products to name here. We’ll give him, conservatively, $110 million in annual sales. Plus, he’s one of the largest landowners in Frisco, where his Brinkmann Ranch has served as the venue for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. Brinkmann makes the list this year because he bought a 12,260-square-foot Preston Hollow house from investment banker William K. Woodruff III. But his No. 17 spot doesn’t take into account his other Dallas properties. He also owns one of A-Rod’s old houses ($2.3 million), a University Park pad ($3.6 million), and a little North Dallas fixer-upper ($954,540). We assume each residence has a grill.

18.  Elaine and Trevor Pearlman (17)
Investment banker, founder of Tregan Partners. Pearlman was born in South Africa, emigrated in 1980, and made fortune as toxic tort lawyer.

19. Sharon and Terry Worrell (18)
Real estate investor. He founded Sound Warehouse (see McCord, No. 83), then launched Worrell Investments. UP home has three wet bars.

20. Carol and Steven Aaron (19)
Trucking magnate, founder of Stevens Transport (2003 revenue: $301 million). Preston Hollow house was built in 1996.

21. Sherry and Brooks Reed (40)
Appliance king. Reed is chairman of rent-to-own outfit Bestway and principal of Phoenix Partners. $2 million leap in UP home value due to three-year renovation.

22.  Myrna and Robert Schlegel (20)
Founder of Pavestone, maker of concrete landscape bricks (2003 sales: $230 million). Ontario, Canada, native also gave us Kim Schlegel.

23.  Tandy and Lee Roy Mitchell (21)
Chairman, CEO of Cinemark. Mitchell owns 92 percent of voting stock. Preston Hollow house has 21-seat home movie theater.

24. Candice and Robert Haas (23)
Financier. Haas was partner of Hicks (No. 1), then founded investment firm Haas, Wheat & Partners. 1996 Preston Hollow home.

25. Lillie and Phil Romano (22)
Restaurateur. Romano made his fortune on heart-stint investment and started Fuddrucker’s, Macaroni Grill, etc. Strait Lane house has
one kitchen.

26. Dee and Charles Wyly (25)
Arts and crafts king. Made billions with brother Sam (No. 76) in computers; he’s now president of Michaels Stores. Gave $20 million for Wyly Theatre at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

27. Nathalie and Jean-Raymond Boulle (11)
Diamond magnate. 73,000-square-foot Chateau du Triomphe on Strait Lane once was listed for $45 million. Destroyed by fire in 2002.

28. Michael Kaeske >>
Shortly after he graduated from UT Law School in 1995, Michael Kaeske was tearing up the courts with his asbestos litigation. In 1999, he and then-partner Kay Reeves won one of the top personal-injury cases of the year, a $19 million verdict against North American Refractories Company. (The case was subsequently settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.) Now he’s a principal in the Kaeske Law Firm, a small private practice representing plaintiffs who suffer from a rare form of asbestos-related lung cancer called mesothelioma. But Kaeske isn’t all work and no play. The 35-year-old races Pro Formula Mazdas. He even owns a racing team called Blueacre Motorsports. And (for now) he owns Mike Modano’s old house, the 6,733-square-foot Tuscan manse in HP. His name is the only one to appear on the tax rolls, but do not feel sorry for Kaekse; he does not live there alone. Three residents share the same address, no doubt bunking in the three spacious, detached servants quarters. They may need to be apartment shopping, though. As of press time, the house was on the market for $9,450,000.

29. Lisa and Kenny Troutt (26) >>
Salesman. Troutt founded multilevel-marketing firm Excel Communications and sold it before the trouble began. (Parent VarTec is now in bankruptcy.)

30. Cathy and Ralph Oats (28)
Salesman. High school dropout Oats founded multilevel-marketing firm Wellness International Network. (Fortune called it “The Ephedra Empire.”)

31. Trudy and Bob Ladd (43) >>
Cabinetmaker. Ladd owned Texwood. Sold in 1997 to Masco; he was president until 2003. Finished building new HP home, $1 million leap in value.

32.  Mary and Albert Huddleston (30)
Inheritrix and oilman. Mary is a Hunt, and Huddleston is CEO of Hyperion Resources. Their HP home has a cabana valued at $100.

33. Henrietta Schultz (31)
Reclusive widow Schultz lives in a Preston Hollow home built in 1930, making it 14 years her junior.

34. Jimmy and Carl Westcott (32)
Businessman, car dealer. Grew up poor. Started multiple companies (1-800-FLOWERS, Westcott Communications, etc.).

35. Ann and Cary Maguire (29)
Oilman. Maguire is an SMU benefactor and amateur presidential historian. Park Lane estate features re-creation of Oval Office.

36. Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus (60)
Investor. Started Marcus Cable. Nancy filed for divorce in ’03; couple reconciled apparently during major renovation of UP home.

37. Karina and Robert Woolley (33)
Hotelier, developer. Woolley founded the forerunner to Embassy Suites; built $70 million Karmina Palace hotel in Manzanillo.

38. Karen and Kevin Crowder (49)
Software. Crowder co-founded Richardson’s Altsys with $7,000 and sold it in 1994 for $70 million.

39. Joni and Michael McCoy (36)
Oilman. McCoy is business associate of Jerry Jones and owns part of Cowboys. Joni told the Dallas Morning News her wardrobe is 99 percent Escada.

40. Roberta and Dick Snyder (59)
Financier. Snyder runs LBO firm Snyder Capital. Remodeled old Ted Strauss estate on Park Lane. 17,300 square feet includes indoor pool.

41. Marion and James A. Moore
One can only imagine the conversation that took place at the Moore dinner table after reading D’s 2003 list of 100 Most Expensive Homes.

“Look here, James Alton Moore, my husband,” Marion Eva Moore might have said. “Our across-the-street neighbor Charles Cabe made the list at No. 37.”

“Indeed,” James, who may or may not go by Jim, said. “Do you think we should buy it?”

“Yes. Let’s,” Marion most likely replied.

“Did you remember to send the $250 check to TACA so that we may be listed as Associate-level donors?” James/Jim, who is 69 years old, asked.

“You bet I did,” Marion, 55, said. “I’m so glad we’re wealthy and entirely anonymous.”

“Me, too,” Jim said. “Now I must go to the Dallas Country Club to play contract bridge. I better not lose.”

42. B. Edward Ewing
B. Edward Ewing, 60, grew up poor in Jasper, Indiana. His father worked in a furniture factory; his mother cleaned houses. More than once, his family was evicted when they couldn’t pay their rent. Ever since, he’s been in the turnaround business. In the early ’90s, he worked at General Dynamics and spent six hours a day on the production floor, saving the troubled F-16 fighter jet program. Eventually, he joined the Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Carlyle’s investment strategy can charitably be termed “hawkish.” (Hoover’s capsule of the company begins, “Can you say military-industrial complex?”) Ewing ran a turnaround fund for Carlyle but split with them last year and launched Ewing Management Group, which has $1 billion in capital and is one of the state’s biggest buyout firms. Ewing makes his debut on the list because he bought out Dick Brown, the ousted CEO of EDS. Apparently Brown’s $32 million severance package wasn’t enough to keep him in his 10,732-square-foot University Park house. Now that Ewing owns the place, he’ll have to pay an estimated $133,627 per year in property taxes to avoid another eviction. We wish him luck.

43. Dominique and George Perrin (27)
Founder of bankrupt PageNet. Used to own Boulle mansion (No. 27). Preston Hollow house has been devalued $988,640 in three years.

44. Nancy and Clay Mulford (42)
Inheritrix and lawyer. Nancy is daughter of Ross Perot (No. 6). Couple’s 63-year-old UP home is in excellent condition.

45. Henry Billingsley (54) >>
Developer. He and wife Lucy (she’s a Crow, see Nos. 3, 9) are managing partners of Billingsley Company. Elegant UP home.

46. Diana and Rick Strauss
Developer, owner RCS Investments. Philanthropic couple raises money for the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

47. Richard Bass (44)
Oilman. Mountain-climbing enthusiast still lives in a UP home listed as being in “poor condition.”

48. Nancy and James Hoak (45)
Communications. Hoak was a cable-television pioneer. Couple lives in a 9,679-square-foot UP home.

49. Martha and Donald Miller (48)
Inheritrix and businessman. Martha is daughter of Charles Wyly (No. 26). Donald has worked at two companies for his father-in-law.

50. Paul Seegers (73)
Banker, developer. Seegers is former chairman of Centex. Preston Hollow house increased $923,600 in value from 2003 to 2004.

51. Claudia and Lee Trevino (34)
Golfer. Value of Merry Mex’s Preston Hollow home is unchanged. But the land’s appraisal dropped $791,840 in 2004.

52. Karen and Charles Hansen Jr. (35)
Manufacturer. Former chairman and CEO of Pillowtex lays his head down in HP home that fell $703,200 in 2003.

53. Norma and Harry Longwell (56)
Energy executive. After 41 years with Exxon Mobil, Longwell retired as director last year. His total compensation in 2003 was $10,395,929.

54. Aileen and Jack Pratt
Until a nephew took over the company in 2001, Jack Pratt was the chairman and CEO of Hollywood Casino Corp., a company that he founded. Still, Pratt was the company’s largest shareholder. When he announced his intentions to sell 750,000 shares in February 2002 (valued at about $11/share at the time), Hollywood Casino Corp. sued Pratt. Management of the company eventually sold to Penn Gaming, and Pratt got his handsome payoff. Pratt, who turns 78 this month, has lived with his wife Aileen, 50, in the same Preston Hollow home for at least six years. The 11,912-square-foot house has eight bedrooms and 11 and a half bathrooms. The Pratt palace was within $100,000 of making the cut last time around. What vaulted them onto the list this year? The appraisers deemed the value of their land $3,785,400 in 2004, up from $2,523,600 in 2003. As Pratt should know better than anyone: you win some, you lose some.

55. Michael McGuire >>
For many of the 800 guests in attendance, the wedding of Natalie Andrews, 32, and Michael McGuire, 40, in 1997 was the most extravagant Dallas society event they’d ever seen: an elegant, French-themed function held at the Highland Park United Methodist Church with reception at the Dallas Country Club. Thousands of roses from all over the world. A ring-bearer who carried no pillow, but a specially commissioned replica of a Faberge egg. Valet parking at the church. No expense was spared, and why would it be? The bride was daughter of Lana and Barry Andrews, successful beer distributor. The groom, an enterprising telecom businessman at the time, was no slouch either. McGuire is now a senior vice president at the company his father-in-law founded in 1976. Andrews Distributing was the 12th-largest beer wholesaler in the world last year, with sales of $250.2 million. The couple lives in the former abode of former Texas Ranger Alex Rodriguez. The 7-year-old, 10,724-square-foot Highland Park home has a detached game room.

56. Jerry Freeman (53)
Car salesman, owner of Freeman car dealerships. UP home features two-stop elevator and porte-cochere.

57. Teresa and John Amend (55)
Real estate operator, founder WorkPlace USA. Mount Vernon replica—complete with bowling alley—overlooks White Rock Lake.

58. Tavia and Clark Hunt (38) >>
Inheritor, vice chairman of Hunt Sports Group (Kansas City Chiefs, FC Dallas). Hunt legally lives in Virgin Islands.

59. Al Hill Jr. (97)
Inheritor. Hill is H.L. Hunt’s grandson. Unlike Clark Hunt (No. 58), Hill’s land value under his HP home jumped more than $1.1 million.

60. Terri and Bobby Brittingham (39)
Inheritor. Brittingham’s father founded Dal-Tile; sold it in 1990 for $650 million. HP home dropped $700,000 in value since 2003.

61. Angie and David Azouz (57)
Plastic surgeon. Azouz has seen the value of his 22,608-square-foot Preston Hollow house hold firm, much like his patients’ breasts.

62. Sandra and Thomas Rouse (65)
Chairman, CEO of TransFirst, which yearly processes $18.5 billion in credit-card transactions.

63. Rita and Bill Clements (98)
Former governor of Texas. Turtle Creek mansion—construction of which began in 2001—has jumped an average of $1.3 million per year.

64. Irvin Levy (76)
Owner of Irving-based NCH, makers of industrial chemicals. He also owns an 11th-floor condo at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

65. Susan and Claude Albritton (66)

Investor, arts patrons. The couple founded the MAC. Beverly Drive home has 13,100 square feet.

66. Jeanne and Berry Cox (51)

Inheritor, investor. Jeanne is daughter of late Sen. John Tower. Berry is son of oilman Edwin Cox. Sits on Home Depot board, owns more than $102 million in stock.

67. Diane Buchanan and Richard Andrew (63)
Philanthropic couple recently gave $1 million to the Greenhill School. 10,094-square-foot UP home.

68. Marilyn and William Oates >>
William is the chairman, president, and CEO of Global360 (formerly eiStream), a privately held business services provider he founded in August 2000. Prior to that, the 64-year-old had headed up at least as many businesses as his home has fireplaces (three), including Tyler Technologies. The couple has made some impressive renovations to their two-story, 7,887-square-foot mansion, which was built in 1922. (We’re guessing kitchen and bath.) That would explain why the home’s value nearly doubled from 2003 to 2004, jumping to $1.8 million, and earned a spot on this year’s list. Fortunately, the couple still had enough left over to contribute $790,000 to critical care programs at Zale Lipshy University Hospital in 2003.

69. Debbie and Frank Branson (64)
Super-lawyer couple does tort cases at eponymous firm. Oddly, according to appraisal, Turtle Creek home has no bedroom.

70. Julie and Jim Turner (50)
President, CEO of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling (2003 sales: $1.9 billion) will retire this year, reap fortune. Drop due to reappraisal.

71. Denise Wolford >>
World-renowned craniofacial surgeon Dr. Larry Wolford, 60, and his wife Denise, 45, live in Highland Park. But if someone blindfolded you, threw you in the trunk of a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and dropped you off in the Wolford’s backyard, you’d swear you were in South Florida. The 10,943-square-foot soft contemporary home, with its six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, is certainly big, airy, and impressive, but the backyard is boffo. Landscape architect Jim Vaughn made the residence feel like a resort, with fountains and waterfalls and pools. The garden feels like a jungle—or is it a jungle that feels like a garden? The Wolford’s have played host to many charity home tours. On a recent one, tour patrons could buy home-baked treats.

72. Pamela and Gary Patsley (68)
Executive. Pamela is president of First Data Int’l., financial services firm (2003 compensation: $2,152,088 million). Gary is
married to her.

73. Karen and William Seanor (69)
Plastics executive. Seanor is owner and managing partner of Vanguard Plastics, maker of bags (2003 revenue: $200 million).

74. Catherine and William Rose (47)
Catherine is granddaughter of Stanley Marcus; William is son of Rusty Rose. An able tax lawyer got them a $1 million drop in land value.

75. Margaret and Shlomo Sam Finn (70)
Baylor neurosurgeon Finn was publicly reprimanded last year based on an allegation that he fused a spinal column in the wrong location.

76. Sam Wyly (61)
Brother of Charles Wyly (No. 26). Forbes pegs Sam as the 314th richest person in America ($990 million), but Charles isn’t on its list.

77. Patricia and E. Price Pritchett
Pritchett has certainly put his Ph.D. in psychology from Texas Tech to good use. In 1974 he founded Pritchett LP, a consulting, training, and publishing firm based near the Galleria. (New account executives there can earn as much as $200,000.) The 63-year-old is also a popular speaker on the business circuit, and he has written a slew of best-selling books, including After the Merger, Business as Unusual, and You 2. The Pritchetts began building their dream home in 2001, but the 8,316-square-foot estate wasn’t finished until 2003. The two-story building, with its four Corinthian columns, features five bedrooms, five baths, four fireplaces, and a 504-square-foot basement.

78. Michael Scott Anderson (71)
Lawyer. General counsel for Chavez Properties, one of the largest parking-lot outfits in the country, which owns 25 acres downtown.

79. Carole and Patrick Tolbert (67)
Longtime CFO of airline caterer SkyChefs stepped down last July in corporate shakeup. Value of his 10,699-square-foot home dropped $158,000.

80. Marcy and Stephen Sands (89) >>
Director of Rosewood Corp. Stephen’s mom is Caroline Rose Hunt. Jump in land appraisal sent value up nearly $400,000.

81. Robert Dedman Jr. (72)
CEO of ClubCorp stepped down in June 2004 (remains chairman). Business founded by father operates golf courses, country clubs, and resorts.

82. Connie and A. Joe Mitchell (74)

Founders of VarTec Telecom (parent of Excel; see Troutt, No. 29). Mitchell was  replaced as CEO in September; company went into bankruptcy.

83. Kay McCord
Here’s the scoop on Kay McCord: the 58-year-old Highland Park investor founded the venerable Sound Warehouse chain with her first husband, Dan Moran, in 1972. Dan was killed in a car accident in 1983, and six years later, she sold the company for $132.5 million. (McCord, who is now married to attorney James Watson, is also the widow of William C. McCord, onetime president, chairman, and CEO of Enserch Corp, who died in 1998.) Among other things, McCord owned People Newspapers, which published Park Cities People and Northside People, from 1991 to July 2003. That’s when she sold it to D’s editor and publisher, Wick Allison. But how did McCord make it on this year’s list? Well, it had nothing to do with her 10,892-square-foot home with eight full baths, four fireplaces, a misting system to keep the slate roof cool, and an elevator. In fact, the value of her home has remained flat. But the land shot up to $2,895,000 from $2,316,000. Just one month after selling her business to Allison, she bought a lot adjacent to her home, which is valued at more than $1.3 million.

84. Schelley and Dana Dutcher (77)
Oilman, director of Chateau Oil & Gas. The couple recently transferred ownership of Preston Hollow home to a living trust.

85. Don Henley
We will resist the urge to employ song titles in describing Don Henley’s house, like saying that it’s bigger than the Hotel California. No, a cheap tactic like that would be taking it easy. So we’ll just say thiis: the No. 1-selling album in the history of music is The Eagles, Their Greatest Hits, 1971-75 (28 million copies). And the band is one of the top-grossing live acts of the last decade. Not to mention his solo career. It has all made the 57-year-old Henley a wealthy man. He’s owned his Bluffview house for at least six years—and it’s been under construction that long. According to neighbors, the house was nearly completed, then torn down, then rebuilt more than once. Hey, Henley can afford to be picky. He can also afford a 6,000-square-foot underground recording studio. And he can afford the $2.3 million home next door, too. As his friend Joe Walsh would say, life’s been good to him so far.

86. Trea and Richard Yip (78)
Importer. In 1979, the Yips opened the U.S. division of Oriental Accent, a business started in 1880 in China by Trea’s great-grandfather.

87. Carole and Jeffrey Heller (79)
President, COO of EDS. In 2003, Heller received $1,702,711 in compensation. He is also a director of the Trammell Crow Co.

88. Marianne Plancke and Issam Karanouh

Marianne Plancke and Issam Karanouh are a publicity-shy power couple who operate Plano-based Intermandeco, one of the largest residential developers in the area. If you throw a rock in Frisco, Plano, Allen, or The Colony, chances are it will land in a romantic-ally named subdivision built by their firm: Grayhawk, Panther Creek Estates, Chase Oaks, Garden Oak Estates, Cottonwood Bend, The Legends, and so on. Karanouh, 44, and Plancke, 42, started building their home on Strait Lane in 2001; they make the list this year because construction appears complete. The 12,984-square-foot main residence has a tile roof and a Mediterranean feel. But don’t forget about the detached servants’ quarters (2,535 square feet) and the loggia (1,555 square feet). The house features central heat and air but, sadly, does not include a basement.

89. Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger (80)
Inheritrix, mall operator. Nancy is the daughter of Ray Nasher. The couple runs NorthPark ($170 million expansion opens this year).

90. Diane Gibby and Rod Rohrich (85)
Dr. Rohrich is chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern. Dr. Gibby founded Women’s Center for Plastic Surgery at Medical City.

91. Marguerite Steed and Robert Hoffman
When you drink a Coke, toast the Hoffmans. Robert, 57, headed up mega-bottler Coke Southwest until 1998, when it was purchased by Coca-Cola Enterprises for $1.1 billion (or approximately 275 million six packs). Today he’s a co-owner of big-deal restaurant Abacus (Kent Rathbun is his partner); Marguerite is the chairman of the board of the Dallas Museum of Art. In February, the couple donated their $150 million contemporary art collection (and a $20 million endowment) to the museum. The Hoffmans’ palatial 7,627-square-foot spread on 3.5 acres was built in 1951, with five bedrooms and three fireplaces. Pictures of the property show that the couple has made some improvements—did someone say art gallery?—which increased the value of the estate by nearly $700,000 to earn a spot on the list. But with a 5,516-square-foot guest house valued at $1.1 million, it makes you wonder how they missed the list last time.

92. Karen and Stephen Jones (82)
Vice president of Cowboys, son of Jerry Jones (No. 8). Value of HP home unchanged.

93. Cindy and Howard Rachofsky

Howard, 61, made his millions managing the hedge fund Regal Asset Management. When it closed its doors in 2003, it returned $300 million to investors. The couple owns one of Dallas’ most recognizable homes, known simply as the Rachofsky House, and it hosts more exhibitions, fundraisers, and social shindigs than the American Airlines Center. Designed by Richard Meier, the modern building is a study in geometric design, with a glass and aluminum exterior that sprawls across 8,891 square feet. In the span of a year, the value of the 3.2-acre plot of land jumped more than $700,000, which explains why the couple is on the list for the first time. In February, the couple gave it all away. The Rachofskys donated the house and the art it contains to the DMA. The $50 million gift also came with a $10 million operating endowment for the house. But don’t worry about where they’ll stay. The couple owns two other houses in town, each valued at $1.3 million.

94. Jodi Shelton and Jerry Rogers
If you recognize the home of Jerry Rogers and Jodi Shelton, then you like watching bad reality-TV shows. The couple’s 17,403-square-foot Preston Hollow home served as the set of Mark Cuban’s The Benefactor, which means that dozens of people nationwide got an inside peek at the seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and four half baths. Rogers, 61, has 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, notably with Cyrix, a company he founded in 1988 but was forced to leave in December 1996 after butting heads with board members and other executives. You know who else worked at Cyrix? Jodi Shelton. Rogers’ wife, who turns 40 this month, got her technology feet wet at Cyrix but then started Shelton in 1994, a successful communications company that specializes in representing high-tech companies. Their house has nine fireplaces.

95. Judith and Stephen McCarthy Jr. (84)
Provenance of wealth unknown. Kudos to the McCarthys for keeping a low profile and for their nice house, the value of which has not changed.

96. Dennis Birenbaum (88)
Oncologist. In 2002, a jury fined Birenbaum $966,232 for backing out of a contract to buy an HP home and instead buying this one in Preston Hollow.

97. Natalie and Robert Nickell (92)
Investor, former owner of Fort Worth-based Tucker Rocky, wholesale distributor of motorcycle, watercraft parts.

98. Beth Levine and Milton Packer

They are one of Dallas’ premier white-lab-coat-wearing power couples. Both are on the faculty at UT Southwestern, where Beth, 49, holds the Jay P. Sanford Professorship in Infectious Diseases, and Milton, 53, heads up the Center for Biostatistics and Clinical Science. Both have done extensive research on heart failure, and your heart just might stop if you’re ever invited to their 10,088-square-foot manor, which was built in 1934. The couple purchased the mansion in January 2004 from Randall and Cynthia Murphy (Randall founded the consulting firm Acclivus in 1976), and that put them on the list even though the value of the house itself was adjusted downward, from $3 million to $1.7 million. Still, after a hard day discussing ventricles, they can kick back and enjoy their six fireplaces, six baths (and three half baths!), and a wet bar. But only for medicinal purposes, we assume.

99. Carolyn and Ronald McCutchin (81)
Inheritor. McCutchin’s family money came from oil. The couple’s Preston Hollow house is dangerously close to slipping off this list.

100. Fay and Newt Walker (99)
Real estate broker, president of Newt Walker Co. 9,094-square-foot HP home has neither a basement nor a deck. Alas.

Photos: Hicks House: David Woo; Nos. 28, 55, 58, 71: Scott Womack; Nos. 27, 31, 45, 68, 80, 91, 93: Joshua Martin


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