Expensive things purchased by billionaires.
Billionaires have a lot more money than they could ever spend in their lifetime (Well, there are stories of some billionaires losing all their billions). And while they have enough money to buy almost anything they want, there are some purchases they make that sometimes look like splurges to the ordinary person. Billionaires can buy some things that may seem ridiculously expensive to people below the elite level. They do this because they can. They have the purchasing power and it makes them feel good to know that they can afford things that ordinary people cannot. In today’s article, we are going to take a look at some of the most ridiculously expensive things that billionaires have purchased. Most of the things in this list may not even look like they are worth the money that was paid for them. Let us get started.
14-foot preserved tiger shark purchased by Steve Cohen- $12 million
A lot of rich people have fish tanks and aquariums in their homes. However, that seems like child’s play when Steve Cohen is involved. Back in 2004, Steve Cohen, who is a billionaire hedge fund manager, bought a 14-foot tiger shark that had been preserved with alcohol and formaldehyde. The shark had originally been bought for $93,000 in 1992 by Charles Saatchi, an art mogul. More than a decade later, Steve Cohen purchased it for more than that, paying over $8 million for the preserved Tiger shark. The tiger shark was officially known as “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”
Home owned by Mukesh Ambani- $1 billion
Indian billionaire, Mukesh Ambani controls an oil empire that he inherited from his family and this has allowed him to pile up a net worth of more than $43 billion. With such fortune at his disposal, he had the financial capacity to build whatever he wanted. He chose to build the most expensive home in India and the whole world at the cost of $1 billion. Yes. You read that right. The home cost $1 billion. The property is a 400,000 square foot home with 27 stories. It has space for three helicopters to land at the same time and six underground parking levels beneath it. It also has a 50 seat theater and the staff is required to maintain the home number of around 600. The home is named Antilla.
Superyacht bought by Roman Abramovich- $1.2 billion
Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich may be going through some hard times after he was barred from entering England and lost control of his football club, Chelsea FC. However, apart from Chelsea, the billionaire has other things he can use to entertain himself and one of those includes a $1.2 billion superyacht. It is the largest yacht in the world and also the most expensive. It has a living space of about 6,000 square feet across 11 staterooms. It also has three helicopter landing pads and a submarine that can dive 160 feet below water and seat three people. The yacht is known as the Eclipse and it was launched in 2010.
Hawaii island was bought by Larry Ellison- $300 million
When you think that owning some of the biggest mansions in the world is not enough and you feel like owning your piece of land where you could form your own country, you should go ahead and do just that. That is exactly what billionaire, Larry Ellison did. The Oracle founder bought an island in Hawaii known as Lanai for $300 million in 2012. The 90,-000 acres of the tropical island has a small town with a population of over 3,300 people and 2 four seasons resorts.
Airbus A380 owned by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal- $500 million
When you are a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, you do not have to suffer in life to make big money and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is clear proof of that. The prince already owns a Boeing 747-400 that he uses as a private jet and was purchased for $220 million. However, that is small compared to the Airbus A380 double-decker plane he bought in 2007 for $319 million. He had the plane upgraded to make space for his horses and his vehicles. This raised the price tag well past $500 million. The prince however sold the plane to an unknown buyer.
Billy The Kid Photo bought by William Koch- $2.3 million
William Koch is a wealthy businessman and part of the rich Koch family of brothers. Being an avid fan of the wild west history, he purchased the only authenticated photography of the legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid, for $2.3 million in 2011.
Pair of paintings bought by Ken Griffin- $500 million
Known as an aficionado of art, Ken Griffin, who is a hedge fund billionaire, purchased a pair of abstract impressionist paintings at an auction for $500 million. One of the paintings was done by William De Kooning while the other was painted by Jackson Pollock. This purchase was hailed as one of the largest private art deals by the Chicago Tribune.
Leonardo Da Vinci notebook bought by Bill Gates- $30 million
Leonardo Da Vinci was a painter and inventor who authored many writings based on his inventions and findings. He was also a math genius and perhaps this was why Microsoft billionaire, Bill Gates, decided to buy one of his notebooks, known as the Codex Leicester, for $30 million in 1994. This notebook contained Leonardo’s diagrams, writings, sketches, and the ideas he had for his future inventions.
Car collection owned by the sultan of Brunei- $5 billion
The sultan of Brunei is one of the richest of the few remaining monarchs in the world. The sultan rules over a small nation that is even smaller than the state of Delaware. He has the biggest fleet of cars in the world numbering between 5000 and 7000 cars. This collection contains some of the rarest vehicles ever made and ones that people do not know even exist. The collection includes more than 453 Ferraris and 604 Rolls Royce vehicles, including the $14 million ‘Star of India” Rolls Royce convertible.
Fancy furniture owned by Prince Hans Adams- $36 million
A prince of the small country of Liechtenstein purchased a piece of fancy furniture for $36 million in 2004. This is not the kind of furniture you come across while shopping at Ikea. This one dates back to the 18th century and is Florentine made known as Badminton Cabinet. It was adorned with precious stones such as lapis lazuli, agate, and amethyst quartz. This purchase by Prince Hans broke the record held by the furniture as it had already been sold for $16.5 million back in 1990.
These are some of the most expensive things that billionaires have purchased simply because they can. If this article tickles you to dream about being able to afford such ridiculous things, then it is probably time for you to step up your hustle and aim higher. But before you do that, make sure to check the net worth of some of the richest and most famous people in the world on this site.