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Hey now, there's that Drake penthouse again. Through pure coincidence Crain's has cast light on the owners of the 4,000-square-foot unit, available to rent for $18,000/month: Russian businessman Piotr Galitzine and wife Maria-Anna. Both are descendant of Old World aristocratic families: he of Russian czars and she of Austrian emperors. Maria-Anna is actually the granddaughter of Karl I, the last emperor of Austria. Piotr leads the gas and oil pipe-making firm, RMK IPSCO, recently relocated to Houston. As goes the business, go its leaders. The couple is hanging onto the Drake digs, for now. Good to know your landlord really won't feel much if you fall behind on rent. [Crain's, previously]