Michelle Yeoh's chic Geneva home is exactly what you'd expect from the Hollywood star
The actress may have made Oscar history in Los Angeles, but her primary residence is nearly 6000 miles away in Geneva, Switzerland – here's what we know
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Michelle Yeoh recently made history as the first south-east Asian performer to receive the best actress in a leading role Oscar from The Academy. The Everything Everywhere All at Once star, born in Malaysia, rose to fame in the 1990s after appearing in a series of Hong Kong action films – but she chooses to reside away from Hollywood's hills in the (albeit mountainous) city of Geneva.
Their apartment – among the chicest properties in the Swiss city – and one of the world's best homes – is one of three properties owned by the actress (according to Town & Country (opens in new tab)). Alongside this (her principal residence), Michelle and her French motor racing executive partner Jean Todt, have properties in Paris and Ipoh, Malaysia, where she was born.
Situated in what is described as an '18th-century Geneva mansion' by the Financial Times (opens in new tab), their home is (perhaps unsurprisingly) a trove of timeless decorating ideas – from its minimalist color scheme to the clean-lined furniture that will struggle to fall out of style. You can see the images via the FT.
After hearing about a 'Parisian hôtel particulier, with a square courtyard, back garden, and converted apartments,' the couple rented a unit upstairs. They then gave reign to esteemed architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte (opens in new tab) to create their dream home.
In terms of decor, however, one accessory sat atop Michelle Yeoh's priority list: candles. 'The first thing I did was go into town and get my candles,' the actress tells the FT. 'Sometimes I feel how blessed we are to have this amazing place,' Jean Todt adds.
Michelle also explains how her Geneva home serves as a sanctuary from her hectic, globe-trotting schedule. 'I’m dormant,' she says – adding that she uses the space to read scripts and watch films and TV series for work.
In terms of her bedroom routine – the actress tells Town & Country how, every morning, she performs a 'gratitude ritual': 'She stretches every muscle in her body, notes the day’s creaks and throbs, and apologizes to it for the joy she takes in challenging her limits. I’m sorry, please forgive me; I love you.'
Where does Michelle Yeoh live now?
Michelle Yeoh primarily lives in a refurbished historical apartment in Geneva, Switzerland. She and Jean Todt also own homes in Paris and Ipoh, a city in northwestern Malaysia. However, recently, while filming the Wicked movie, the British newspaper the Daily Mail (opens in new tab) reports that Michelle is living in a '£1,500-a-night suite' (approximately $1827-per-night) in London since the start of 2023.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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