There are many ways in which rich people indulge and enjoy their money, some are spendthrift while others are very frugal.
Names like Mark Zuckerberg and Brian Tracy come to mind when you think of those that don’t like to splurge, that’s not our focus today, however.
As the headline reads, the focus today is on those who are willing to spend and are not afraid to spend fortunes on single or multiple items at once.
1. David Koch – Hot Air Balloon
Topping off our list is the hot air balloon. David Koch; the New York City engineer and businessman was estimated to be worth $48 billion before his death. Millions of this net worth are spent on trying to prove climate change is all made up.
Although the exact amount he spent on this venture is unknown, hundreds of millions of dollars are invested in a unique hot air balloon that stops in cities across the United States. This is a part of his ‘Hot Air’ tour which is supposed to prove that climate change is a bunch of ‘hot air’; an American phrase that means ‘widely exaggerated’.
2. Richard Branson – The Galactic Spaceship
With a net worth of $4.1 billion, Richard Branson spent approximately $200 million on his eight-passenger spaceship. The trip will provide the passengers with 6 minutes of weightlessness, who will each pay $200,000 for a ticket. The New Mexico authorities are also investing about $200 million in a spacecraft runway and hanger.
3. Jeff Bezos – Secret Space Rocket
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s multi-billionaire founder, is worth $185.7 billion, part of which he uses to invest in Blue Origin, a secret space rocket project.
The spacecraft in the works aims to be the first of its kind to lift humans 75 miles above the earth, allow them to float around in microgravity for three minutes, and safely return them to Earth—all while remaining permanently in a vertical position. In addition to the Bezos’ dollars, the project has only secured $3.7 million in funding from NASA.
4. Tudor Jones – Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania’s Serengeti
Jones is the founder of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, Tudor Investment Company, and is worth an estimated $6.3 billion. It costs $16,500 a night for a luxury villa on his reserve; now just imagine how much buying that reserve cost him.
5. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein – 18th Century Florentine Cabinet
The prince of Liechtenstein purchased the Badminton Cabinet at Christie’s 2004 auction for $36 million. For the most costly piece of furniture ever sold, the price tag set a new record, with the cabinet winning against itself.
Barbara Piasecka Johnson (Johnson & Johnson) had previously purchased the ebony collection of drawers in 1990 for $16.59 million, inlaid with amethyst quartz, lapis lazuli, and agate. It was donated to the Liechtenstein Museum in Austria by Prince Hans Adam II.
6. Bill Gates – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Journal
The Codex Leicester is the most well-known of the 30 surviving Da Vinci scientific papers.
Gates purchased it for $30.8 million at a 1994 auction, making it the most costly book ever sold. Gates had the notebook digitally scanned and made available as a detailed CD-ROM following the purchase. The CD can be bought for less than $30.
7. Mukesh Ambani – World’s Most Expensive Home
As one of the wealthiest people in the world, Mukesh Ambani boasts a net worth of $76.5 billion.
Though 42 percent of Indians live below the international poverty line (less than $1.25 a day), for nearly $2 billion, Ambani has constructed the largest and most luxurious home in the world—a 27-story skyscraper. It has an interior area of 4,000,000 square feet and stands 550 feet above the slums of Mumbai.
8. Bill Gates – Incredible Washington Mansion
Bill Gates makes a second showing as his home is also very expensive, it is a 66,000 sq state-of-the-art mansion in Medina, Washington.
While Gates recently lost the world’s #2 wealthiest person, he is still estimated to be worth $129 billion, one of only three individuals with a net worth of over $100 billion. In 2009, it was announced that property taxes on his home were the US $1.1 million with a total property value of $147.5 million.
9. Anonymous Russian Billionaire – Hitler’s Mercedes
Russia is home to 62 billionaires and one of them bought Hitler’s private Mercedes in 2006 for an undisclosed sum that could well be $15 million according to some sources.
The man who bought the vehicle has chosen to stay anonymous and that is not a surprise but the deal was arranged by a Dusseldorf-based dealer; Michael Frolich, who claims that the buyer is interested in buying more Nazi cars and he is in search of them.
10. Richard Branson – Necker Island
This is not on the list because of the price it was bought but it’s worth now guarantees that it should get a spot on our list without argument. When Richard Branson bought the island in the British Virgin Islands, he was still 28 and his virgin group was only 6.
At the time, his funds were limited, he said he still managed to get the 74-acre uninhabited island for a steal which cost him $100,000, some other sources have claimed that it cost him $270,000. It will do you well to know that the island is now worth 150 million dollars.
Truett Cathy – The Batmobile
This is worth a mention because…. well, it’s the bat-mobile; who doesn’t want to own the bat-mobile, please? Am sure everyone likes something Good.
With the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain, S. Truett Cathy made a fortune and was believed to be worth about $4.2 billion at the time of his death. He decided to spend some of that at the price of $2