High-powered Australian businessman, recruitment-industry entrepreneur, and budding film producer Andrew Banks, one of the “Sharks” on the Australian version of the reality-competition program “Shark Tank,” has his sumptuously appointed seven-bedroom and 10-bathroom Beverly Hills estate up for grabs with an asking price just shy of $17.5 million.

The 10,500-plus-square-foot mansion was last sold in the fall of 2012 for not quite $9.2 million; the house and grounds were subsequently given a comprehensive and no-doubt exuberantly
costly overhaul. A grandly capacious foyer with a double staircase leads to a formal living room with a fireplace, a dining room with built-in china cabinets, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a family room that opens to the backyard. Four guest bedrooms and a den on the second floor are joined by a deluxe master suite replete with a private sitting room, two fireplaces, dual bathrooms, and a fitted dressing area with two walk-in closets. The elevator-equipped residence also includes a staff suite, a home theater, and a gym/yoga studio, while the grassy grounds provide shaded patios, a built-in grilling station, a swimming pool with cabana bath, a self-contained one-bed/one-bath guesthouse, and garage parking for four cars.

Banks is a bit of a newcomer to the Stateside-property gossip columns, but he made headlines Down Under in 2010 when he sold a lavish, five-story Italianate villa in Sydney for a record-shattering $52 million. Reports from the time indicate that the six-bedroom and nine-bathroom mansion, with unimpeded views over Sydney Harbor, featured a home theater, an art gallery, a glass-roofed dining room, and an elevator that holds 21 people. Banks, who once maintained a residence at New York City’s Trump Tower, reportedly followed up the sale of his
Sydney manse with the $4.8 million purchase of a 32nd-floor apartment in the ritzy Mid-Levels area of Hong Kong.

Marketing details for the Beverly Hills house were kindly provided by listing agents James Harris, David Parnes, and Marisa San Antonio at The Agency.

listing photos: The Agency