David and Jackie Siegel set out to build the United States' largest single-family house (in Florida, of course), but after David's time-share business, Westgate, went belly-up, they lost it all. This was depicted in last year's astounding Queen of Versailles documentary. In the time after the movie was filmed, as Jackie claimed earlier this year on Watch What Happens Live, David's business gained footing, posted its biggest profits ever, and the couple bought back their formerly foreclosed 'roid roost. They also disputed the veracity of the documentary, in court and elsewhere.
On CNBC's new show Secret Lives of the Super Rich, Jackie showed off progress on the house she and her husband are calling Versailles, which actually looks about as far along as it did in the documentary, most of which was shot in 2010. In fact, the entire clip above is reminiscent of the beginning of the doc, with Jackie reporting her lavish plans for a 500-person-capacity ballroom, showing off a 6,000 square feet "master closet," and discussing her plans for a "wet and wild slide" out back, attached to the infinity pool. There are also scenes of Jackie soaking in paparazzi attention and interacting awkwardly with her cold husband David, just like in the movie.
These people have learned nothing.
The plan is for Versailles to be finished in 2015. I'm skeptical, but I can't wait to see what happens with it between now and then.