We all dream about living the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but I wondered what the rich and famous dream about. Here is a list of a some extravagant collections and purchases that even most millionaires could only dream of.
Jay Leno’s Car Collection
Late night host Jay Leno own about 100 cars and 90 motorcycles. His website, Jay Leno’s Garage, documents the collection.
Leno’s collection pale in comparison to the Sultan of Brunei’s collection, estimated to be valued at $300 million, but Leno is probably the best known collector around.
His collection contains steam cars, a roadster previously owned by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, retired police cars, a solar-powered hybrid, and a jet powered motorcycle.
He has several cards worth over $10 million apiece in a 17,000 square foot garage.
Barenaked Ladies- 2 Kraft Dinners
If they had a million dollars, the Barenaked Ladies gave us an impressive to do list.
Well, the band has had songs reach #1 on Billboard, won 11 major music awards (out of 15 nominations), and international success. We all know what they did with that.
Roman Abramovich’s $785 Million Yacht
Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich owns an investment company, British football teams, and about $13 billion other reasons to be jealous.
The Eclipse is a custom luxury yacht built in Germany just for Abramovich. The yatch is rumored to have cost upwards of $1 billion, but the most reasonable reports peg the value between $500 million and $1 billion.
The second longest private yacht in existence with a length of 536 ft. It weighs 13,000 tons and requires a crew of 70 full time. He owns four other yachts, but this one is the flagship of the fleet. Here’s what it includes:
- 1 submarine bay, fitted with a private mini-sub
- 3 landing boats
- 2 helicopter pads
- 24 guest cabins
- 2 swimming pools
- Several hot tubs
- Disco hall
- Missile defense system
- Armor plating and bulletproof windows
- Anti-paparazzi laser system designed to blind cameras
India’s Richest Man Built a $1 Billion Home
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, is worth $29 billion. He spent about $1 billion of that on a 400,000 square foot, 27 story residence. The home took three years to build.
The house is inhabited by Ambani, his wife, their three children, and his mother. That is almost 70,000 square feet per person! Here’s a list of just a few features:
- 9 elevators
- Hotel sized ballroom
- Many lounges
- 50 seat theater
- 2 story rec center
- Rooftop entertainment deck
- 3 helipads
Saudi Prince’s $500 Million Custom A380 Jet
Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, worth nearly $20 billion from family income and investment gains, ordered a custom Airbus A380 wide body jumbo jet. The custom A380 costs $300 million out of the box, but the Prince asked for upgrades costing $200 million.
What’s does $500 million get you?
- Ramp and parking space for his Rollys Royce
- Concert hall with a grand piano, a marble tiled steam room
- Relaxation room with TVs and a special floor that allows you to look straight down to the ground
- Five master bedrooms with king beds, private bathrooms, and showers
- 20 smaller private bedrooms
- Custom elevator that can be taken from the master bedroom straight to the tarmac below
- Boardroom with holographic monitors
- Prayer room with prayer mats that automatically turn to face Mecca
The plane was reportedly sold by Al Waleed to another billionaire before he ever took a ride. Here’s a rendering of a video walk through so you can get an idea for yourself:
Your Billionaire Dreams
If you had a million dollars, or a billion, what would you do with it? What would you buy if you had unlimited funds? Please share in the comments.
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