Not such a simples pad for meerkat millionaire: CompareTheMarket.com boss lives in South Africa's biggest home

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Named Palazzo Steyn, the vast pile is the home of Douw Steyn, 62, (inset with wife Carolyn), the South African entrepreneur who set up the insurance firm behind the meerkat adverts in Peterborough, Lincolnshire, in 1992. The television ad campaign featuring meerkat Aleksandr Orlov helped Mr Steyn's fortunes more than double, and as a result, he has splashed out on a new-build home for himself in the countryside outside Johannesburg, complete with aqueduct.

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