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It’s Millionaire Versus Billionaire in Beverly Hills Tower Spat

  • Fight over condos divides rich neighbors in L.A. enclave
  • World’s 19th wealthiest man, Wang Jianlin, joins ballot battle

Beverly Hills, home to some of the priciest properties in the U.S., is becoming the site of an expensive battle over real estate.

On one side is developer Beny Alagem, who has flooded residents with calls and mailers promoting a November ballot measure to allow him to combine two planned condo towers into a single building that would be the tallest in the Southern California enclave. Alagem, owner of the Beverly Hilton hotel, has already spent $3.1 million on the campaign, or almost $140 for each of the city’s 22,500 registered voters.