How billionaires spend money?

December 23, 2011

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How do billionaires spend all that money?

The 20 Most Awesome One-Of-A-Kind Billionaire Toys

There’s always talk about the planes and houses billionaires blow their money on, so we thought we’d give you a look at some of their more obscure and unique toys. A life-sized shark, Da Vinci’s journal, and Hitler’s Mercedes are just some of the things that get the world’s wealthiest putting down their hard earned (or in many cases, easily inherited) cash.

The Batmobile

S. Truett Cathy
S. Truett Cathy made his fortune with the Chick-fil-A fast food chain and is estimated to be worth around $2 billion. He chose to spend some of that change to buy himself the batmobile used in the 1992 Batman Returns movie, at a price of $250,000.

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Damien Hirst’s 14-foot shark

Steven Cohen
As the hedge fund manager and founder of SAC Capital Advisor, Steven Cohen is worth $11.4 billion. He has spent $137.5 million on de Kooning’s Woman III (the second most expensive painting ever sold), and just recently dumped $110 million for a Jasper Johns.

Image: independent.co.uk

WW-II Planes

Paul Allen
The Microsoft co-founder is estimated to be worth $21 billion. His passion is collecting and restoring WWII-era planes and he has around 20 that are being house at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The hanger alone cost $5.2 million.

Image: www.theseattletraveler.com

Most Expensive Car In The World

The Sultan of Brunei
He’s already gotten the most expensive haircut in the world ($21,495), so buying the “Star of India,” a $14 million Rolls Royce convertible that belonged to the Maharaja of Rajkot, is not such a big deal for the Sultan. Oh, and as the head of state he also owns immunity in court. Priceless.

Image: bornrich.org

Expensive Art

Ronald Lauder
Ronald Lauder, the heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics company, is estimated to be worth $3.2 billion. He has an art collection valued at $650 million. He got a Kirchner for $38.1 million and in 2006 spent $135 million on a portrait by Klimt — the third most expensive painting ever sold.

Image: artinvestment.ru

Alleged Love Bunker

Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III
Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III is worth $2.3 billion, and at 6 feet 6 inches tall, we’re guessing the co-founder of Broadcom must have requested an extra tall ceiling for the sex bunker he was alleged to have built in the basement of his Laguna Hills home. (Nicholas’s lawyers denied the charges.  A judge later cleared Nicholas of the charges, while acknowledging that he had had a serious drug problem.) 

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The World’s Biggest Yacht

Roman Abramovich
Abramovich is THE Russian business man, owner of Millhouse LLC, and the Chelsea Football Club. His estimated net worth is $11.2 billion and his yacht, The Eclipse, was purchased for around $450 million. It’s the largest private yacht sailing the seas and has a missile-detection system, two helipads, a luxury spa, swimming pool and a miniature submarine.

Image: comscrapetv.com

Necker Island

Richard Branson
When Richard Branson bought Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, he was only 28 and his Virgin group was only 6.
Now, Richard is estimated to be worth $2.5 billion, at the time his funds were relatively limited. He says he still managed to nab the 74-acre uninhabited island for around $100,000, though other sources claim it was around $270,000. Either way, not a bad deal for a place that’s now worth around $60 million.

Image: www.privateislandsmag.com

Hitler’s Mercedes

Anonymous Russian Billionaire
There are 62 billionaires in Russia and one of them bought Hitler’s private Mercedes in 2006 for a sum between $6 million and $15 million.
The man has, not surprisingly, chosen to stay anonymous, but the deal was arranged by Michael Froelich, a Dusseldorf-based dealer, who claims the Russian is interested in buying additional Nazi cars for which he is searching.

Image: www.guardian.co.uk

Napa Valley Winery

Gordon Getty
Getty Oil fortune heir Gordon Getty is estimated to be worth $2.4 billion. Using his allowance, he has built the PlumpJack hospitality empire, which includes two restaurants in San Francisco, one in Lake Tahoe, and a Napa Valley winery.

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Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon

Paul Allen
In the 80′s and 90′s, Paul Allen supervised the construction of his state-of-the-art sports complex which opened in 1995 and ended up costing $262 million.
In 2005, he lost the fight with city officials and his project became the property of a national group of insurance companies, leaving Allen with a loss of $46 million from his $21 billion stash.

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Incredible Washington Mansion

Bill Gates
Bill Gates’ home is a 66,000 sq state-of-the-art mansion in Medina, Washington.
Though Gates recently lost his #1 richest person in the world spot to Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu, he is still estimated to be worth $53 billion.  In 2009, property taxes on his home were reported to be US $1.1 million on a total property value of $147.5 million.

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World’s Most Expensive Home

Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani is the world’s 4th richest person, with a net worth of $29 billion. While 42% of Indians live below the international poverty line (less than $1.25 per day), Ambani has built the world’s largest and most expensive home — a 27-story skyscraper– for close to $2 billion. It has 4,000,000 square feet of interior space and stands 550 feet above Mumbai’s slums.
3 helipads on top;
Hanging gardens within the structure;Swimming pool within the structure; A two storey Health centre; Parking space for 168 cars (6 floors).Most absurd of all, the house will have a staff of 600 (sic) to do the maintenance activities.

Source: http://www.collthings.co.uk/2009/04/worlds-most-expensive-homes.html

Theme Park

Sultan of Brunei
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is back. In addition to his cars and haircuts, he also owns and operates a $3 billion theme park called Jerudong Park. The park used to be free of charge and is currently closed for repairs.

Image: www.bruneitourism.com

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Journal

Bill Gates
Of the 30 surviving Da Vinci scientific journals, the Codex Leicester is the most famous. Gates bought it at a 1994 auction for $30.8 million, making it the most expensive book ever sold. After the purchase, Gates had the notebook digitally scanned and made available as a comprehensive CD-ROM. You can buy the CD for less than $30.

Image: www.time.com

18th Century Florentine Cabinet

Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein’s prince bought the Badminton Cabinet for $36 million at a 2004 Christie’s auction. The price tag set a new record for the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold, with the cabinet winning out against…itself.  The ebony set of drawers – inlaid with amethyst quartz, lapis lazuli, and, agate- was previously bought in 1990 by Barbara Piasecka Johnson (Johnson & Johnson) for $16.59 million. Prince Hans Adam II donated it to the Liechtenstein Museum in Austria.

 

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Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania’s Serengeti

Tudor Jones
Jones is the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, and is worth an estimated $6.3 billion. A luxury villa on his reserve costs $16,500 per night.

Image: www.equitrekking.com

Secret Space Rocket

Jeff Bezos
Amazon’s multi-billionaire founder Jeff Bezos is worth $12.3 billion, part of which he’s using to invest in a secret space rocket project called Blue Origin. The spacecraft in the works is aiming to be the first of its kind to lift humans 75 miles above the earth, let them float around for three minutes in microgravity, and return them safely to Earth–all while remaining permanently in a vertical position. In addition to Bezos’ bucks, the project just received $3.7 million in funding from NASA.

The Galactic Spaceship

Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson has unveiled the world’s first commercial spacecraft and named it the Enterprise, after the fictional intergalactic vessel in Star Trek. Branson, who is worth $2.5 billion, spent approximately $200 million on his eight passenger spaceship. The ride will provide 6 minutes of weightlessness for the passengers, who will each pay $200,000 for a ticket. The New Mexico authorities are also investing almost $200 million in a runway and hanger for the spacecraft.

 

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship (Pic: Splashnews.com)

Hot Air Balloon

David Koch
The NYC engineer and businessman is estimated to be worth $19 billion, millions of which he spends on trying to prove climate change is all made up. A part of the campaign he has invested in an impressive hot air balloon which stops in cities across the US as part of “The Hot Air” tour intended to show that climate change is just a bunch of “hot air”.

Image: seenyc.files.wordpress.com

Article Source: Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-billionaire-toys?op=1 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

J.A. January 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Suppose to lets find out when my account is more than theirs give to the unfortunate nice collections.

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Carlos December 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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Marcus November 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

Some great examples on this list! We put together a web infographic on some of the ways billionaires blow their cash which you might like. It’s all based on the Forbes rich list data:

http://www.binaryoptions.com/billionaires

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Jean-Claude Lafond August 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

Frankly I find this all disgusting… Especially the fact that these people value everything inanimate objects over the value of a soul. It is with disgust that I say that a portion these people maybe mentally ill… the worst purchase was Mukesh Ambani building a Mansion above the slums …. where people are dying and suffering below. To Me Mukesh is a Dick and sorry excuse for a Human Being… How can any of these individuals enjoy their lives amongst so many people suffering unnecessarily. The only conclusion would be that these billionaires have developed a pathology of psychopathic tendencies. They are sick and unworthy to be called HUMAN.

TRULY LAZY LAZY LAZY LAZY LAZY LAZY THINKERS. They have no foresight for the benefit of Humankind only for themselves.. Very Sad. My Legacy is very Rich.

Jean-Claude Lafond
Chief Creative Producer

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lee edwards May 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

life is only luck and odds but many that have it don,t know how to share there good fortune so that we may have a better balance of wealth in this world.

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himagain May 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

At what point does wealth turn into insanity?
I’d REALLY like to know….
Is a billion the tipping point?
I’d like to volunteer as a test subject.

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Clive Mainwaring February 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

Believe it or not, I’ve had sex in a bunker and it cost me nothing, in most if not all of the Channel Islands there are bunkers left over from the Occupation of (World War Two)
Then again who cares?

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Larry baldwin September 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I did not know that it was aganist the Law to have a (SEX BUNKER). Is it aganist the law to have sex? I mean it is how we all got here. Why can’t a man have sex with 20 diffrent women at one time, or over a period of day? why must Men be limited to just 1 woman??

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Larry September 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

You mean it is aganist the Law to have a (SEX BUNKER). Why I wonder, I did not know it was aganist the law to have sex! I mean it is how we all got here!

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Shriram.T.K.L. January 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Vow.. Thoroughly Enjoyed.. Great collections indeed..

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Ing. Agr. Ricardo Corrales Sáenz, MGA December 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Sencillamente increible. Aprovecho para desearles una Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo

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