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What do Jennifer Aniston, other celebs do in these monstrous mansions?

Updated: February 27, 2012 10:01AM

Say what you will about Jennifer Aniston’s post-“Friends” career and all speculation about her romantic life and whether or not she’s pregnant or trying to get pregnant or can’t get pregnant and WHY DO PEOPLE CARE ABOUT CELEBRITY PREGNANCIES ANYWAY!

Sorry. I’ll just never get that one. Every time somebody famous has a baby there’s a mad rush in the entertainment media to get that first photo of the infant — who looks just like a non-famous baby.

Back to Jen. Say what you will, the woman knows her real estate.

Just this week it was reported Aniston had plunked down $21 million for a new home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. (That’s what you do when you buy such a house. You “plunk down” the money in giant bundles and you say, “I’m rich, see! Rich beyond your wildest dreams!”)

Granted, that’s a lot of money. A whole year’s income for Mitt Romney.

With ‘Friends’ like this . . .

But the original asking price was $25 million, so Aniston snared a relative bargain.

And just last year, Aniston sold her Beverly Hills home for $37 million — all the more impressive given she bought the home just five years ago for $13.5 million. Aniston also bought an apartment in Manhattan last year for about $9 million.

If you’re into real estate porn and you take a Web tour of some of these properties, the size and scope is just astonishing. Whether it’s Aniston or Oprah Winfrey or any other super-celebrity who doesn’t have a huge family, you can’t help but wonder: what do they do in these monstrous mansions? How many staffers must be employed just to keep the dust from piling up? When you’re padding around such an enormous home in your jammies and socks, spooning some ice cream, do you feel like American royalty or the star of “Sunset Boulevard 2011”?

For every megahit, syndicated-forever, probably-playing-somewhere-in-the-world-right-now sitcom like a “Friends,” there are hundreds of one-season wonders that paid the lead actors a very nice salary for a few months before they had to scramble for their next gig. But my goodness, when you hit it big, you’re not just set for life, you’re set for the afterlife. Your kids and their kids should never have to worry about money.

A number of sources estimate Aniston’s net worth as about $120 million. Vanity Fair says Aniston made $24.5 million in the last year or so, including a jaw-dropping $10 million for co-starring with Adam Sandler in the execrable “Just Go With It.”

And you thought Adam Dunn was overpaid.

Money, get away

Elsewhere on the big money beat, I’m still trying to figure out how we got to a place where the top two GOP candidates are giving each other a hard time for making so much dough.

It was Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” who famously said, “Greed, for a lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit Greed
. . . will . . . save that . . . malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.”

A quarter-century later, a story on the ABC News website featured photos of Mitt Romney and Michael Douglas as Gekko, with the headline, “Mitt Romney vs. Gordon Gekko.” The story centered on Romney saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” (This after Romney famously told us, “Corporations are people.”)

Romney and Gingrich keep sniping at each other over money. Neither is saying the other broke any laws, but there’s endless bickering over how each lined his pockets, whether it’s Romney’s Cayman Islands banking or Gingrich’s work as a “historian” for Freddie Mac.

It boils down to, “You’re a rich guy exploiting every loophole!” vs. “You and your company got paid big bucks for lobbying!”

And while the Republicans bicker over money, the president sings Al Green and keeps on chuckling.

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