How rich is rich? 13 bizarre things people actually spent their money on

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3 bizarre things people actually spent their money on Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Leonardo di Caprio, Carlos Slim and Mukesh Ambani (Left to right)

When you have greenbacks going into 10 figures or marginally less, there's much you can do to indulge any whim. Here are some interesting ways people have spent their money.

Virgin Galactic spacecraft Virgin Galactic spacecraft (Reuters/Representational image)

Ashton Kutcher and Katy Perry got tickets on Virgin Galactic spacecraft for a space tour. Richard Branson said last year that this could become a reality after just a few more test flights and that at least 2-3 passengers to could soon fly out into the unknown. 

Leonardo di Caprio Leonardo di Caprio (Representational image of the dinosaur fossil)

With a few million as spare change, a fossil worth $276,000 might catch your eye for private viewing, as it did Leonardo di Caprio back in 2007. (He had to let go of it later). More recently in 2018, someone (anonymous) picked up the fossil of a dinosaur (Allosaurus Genus) at an auction in Paris for $2.6 million.

$3.5 million on a bathroom made of gold and gems Representational image

When you're dealing with precious metals and stone, you can afford to spend $3.5 million on a bathroom made of gold and gems, as did as a jeweler in Hong Kong. Wonder what it feels like to poop in a 24-carat commode!

1943 Patek Philippe 1943 Patek Philippe

A $11 million on 1943 Patek Philippe almost feels like a tame and conventional purchase, even if it was made by Patek Philipp and took eight years to complete, but someone out there spent that and does have it. In a vault or on the wrist?

Mukesh Ambani Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani as we know splurged a cool $1billion on his dream house that has three helicopter pads (among other amenities like a 50-seater theatre) that can take simultaneous landings.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

When you are the biggest retailer in the world, a divorce settlement of $35.6 billion is a fair division of the spoils. You guessed it – we're talking about Amazon honchos Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

William Koch William Koch

"There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's Mastercard." This sounds great but how far would you go to lay your hands on a photograph? William Koch shelled out $2.3 million for the world’s only authenticated photograph of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid back in 2011.

Sultan of Brunei Sultan of Brunei

How rich does one have to be to qualify to be “As rich as Croesus.” We would bet on the Sultan of Brunei. His car collection alone is estimated at roughly $5 billion.

Prince Hans Adam II Prince Hans Adam II

At $16.59 million, the Badminton Cabinet was already the most expensive piece of furniture back in 1990. Prince Hans Adam II of the small nation of Liechtenstein put down a cool $36 million for it in 2004. Being adorned with precious stones does take the price up of anything.

13 bizarre things people actually spent their money on Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim had an art collection so big, he had to build a museum to house it. $800 million for 65,000 pieces of art.

Proprietorship may not be every moneyed person's cup of tea. There are other ways to indulge yourself. You could simply rent.

Some may not want to invest in super expensive property. Hiring a Hawaiian island property at $21,000 / night (owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison in Lanai) could be a happy alternative to experiencing a holiday on a sprawling island.

Go sailing. Get a yacht for up to $5000 a day. Remember, this comes fully equipped and with an attentive crew. 

Car racing and polo are other interests, of course. But if you have yen for super speed once in a while, you could simply rent a race car. Three eight-minute sessions could set you back by $950. 

If the laws in a country allow, a small menagerie might be of interest. A cheetah cub could cost around $25,000 and a grown tiger up to $50,000.


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