Hey millionaires call us back when you make some REAL money! Out of the 7 billion people in the world only about 2,325 are billionaires which makes it a very exclusive club.
Below we are going to step behind the velvet ropes and into the private jets, homes and yachts to see how these extremely successful and wealthy people spend their fortunes.
And most importantly these luxurious items and lifestyles aren’t that of some rich Saudi prince, born into wealth. All these billionaires and their extremely glamorous and expensive lifestyles are all examples of where hard work and aspiration can get you.
First up lets look at their
yachts. Ahem, excuse me I mean SUPER yachts.
Super yachts are basically floating resorts which have more luxuries and rooms than your average millionaires house. Only the very best of the most successful entrepreneurs and business people can afford to own and run a super yacht.
The Octopus is a 414 foot (126 m) super yacht owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.
The Octopus sports two helicopter pads (at the front and rear), it has a basketball court, a nightclub, a jet ski dock, 2 submarines and obviously a pool. It has more then enough room to hold and entertain 26 guests for weeks if not months.
Weighing 9,000 tonnes Allen snapped it up for $200 million in 2003 and it costs $20 million a year to run.
The Rising Sun has a huge inside swimming pool, extensive wine cellar, cinema and a basketball court that doubles as a helicopter pad. It has suites for 16 guests and 82 rooms over five storeys. It is the 6th largest yacht in the world with a length of almost 138 meters (453 ft) and reportedly cost over USD $200 million to build.
Previously owned by tech entrepreneur Larry Ellison, however its now owned by business, producer and film magnate David Geffen
Billionaires not only have large and expensive car collections, they also have the power and the money to fly their four wheel toys straight to their doorstep.
Ralph Lauren, America’s richest fashion designer with a net worth of $7billion flew his silver RUF CTR-3 Clubsport (described as Porsche 911 ‘on steroids’) from Germany to New York’s JFK airport by cargo plane.
From being born in the Bronx to not having the patience to wait for your $769,000 sports car to arrive via shipping (because when your a billionaire you can) how times have changed for Ralph.
Of course with that price tag it has bespoke bodywork, produces an insane 750hp and can sprint to 62mph in just 3.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 233mph.
You can checkout Mr’s Lauren silver one of a kind super “Porsche” in the left of the below gallery.
Also in the gallery is a black and gold custom Audi R8 (the black and gold combination just screams class, wealth and style) similar to the one owned by Wall street entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg ($34 billion) and a black Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren similar to the one owned by real-estate billionaire Donald Trump ($4 billion).
The one thing in common these cars have is they are all owned by New York billionaires. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires (largely because its know as the financial capital of the world) so on any day in New York you can expect to see such glamorous displays of wealth cruising the streets.
Billionaires with all their extreme wealth can afford the best amenities to complement their driving experience.
Luxury apartments now feature car lifts which take the inconvenience out of parking your car in the basement then getting the lift to the penthouse. Now theres no more lugging your golf clubs into the lift after spending a day on the course (a golf course which you probably own that is).
A must for a billionaire is a private jet, owning a private jet is a status symbol. Sure musicians and A list hollywood celebrity’s fly in a private jet from time to time, but its only the super successful that can actually afford to own the most luxurious and convenient form of transport.
Shout-outs from rappers has made the Gulfstream G650 the most famous and prestigious of all private jets. Rapper Drake famously bragged “I know g4 pilots on a first name basis” in the song “Forever” and Far East Movement responded in their song “Like a G6” which glamorised a exorbitant high flying lifestyle.
With owners like Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, and Ralph Lauren make the G650 a quintessential for business and the G650 is regarded as the roomiest, most comfortable and fastest of type of private aviation. The G650 can fly nonstop for a little over 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km). That means this jet could fly round trip from New York to Los Angeles and still have power leftover to hop over to London.
Costing $65 million, it features room for 18 passengers on board and high-tech luxury interior including a full bar and kitchen. It can also cover any two points on the globe without a fuel stop.
Private jets aren’t a luxury, they are a necessity, according to billionaire Mark Cuban.
Internet billionaire Mark Cuban bought a $40 million Gulfstream V online, sight unseen in 1999 which is the largest electronic-commerce transaction ever.
Cuban now has three private jets. The Gulfstream 5, a Boeing 757 for his NBA team (the Dallas Mavericks) and a 767 he rents out for charter.
When questioned about having a private jet as a necessity Cuban says, “It means I have more hours in my day to spend with friends and family. It means I can get more work done. It means I can travel comfortably with my family. It’s a life- and game-changer.”
So according to Cuban, having a jet with wood imported from the ivery coast and 24 carrot gold cup holders is the only way to fly. True fact!
So when you have made your billions, how do you keep them? Investing them in property, specifically property in taxhavens such as Monaco on the French Riviera of course. Odeon Tower which is due for completion in 2015 will have the worlds most expensive apartment priced at $428 million.
The $428 million penthouse has a water slide attached to its affinity pool, 3 floors of uninterpreted views (5 floors in total) , gym, sauna, cinema, library, whisky bar and billiard room, plus a master bedroom the size of two and a half tennis courts. Of course tables will be upholstered with stingray skin and the shelves crafted from ebony.
Larry Ellison’s Japanese-style estate (in Woodside California)
Mr. Ellison’s Woodside (California) estate is modeled on a Japanese emperor‘s 16th-century residence and is estimated to be worth $70 million.
It has a 8,000-square-foot main house with two wings, a guest home, three cottages and a gymnasium as well as a 5-acre man-made lake, two waterfalls and two bridges. There are hundreds of mature cherry, maple and other trees which were planted among nearly 1,000 redwoods, pines and oaks.
It has 10 buildings, a man made lake, a tea house, a bath house and a koi pond
Larry Ellison is the tech entrepreneur of the software company Oracle, he is the third-richest American with a net worth of $33 billion
This Japanese-style estate only one of Ellison’s many multi million dollar properties (including one with a private, 19-hole golf course).
Billionaires not only can afford to holiday the most tropical, luscious and secluded private islands…they actually own them!
Among entrepreneurial billionaires to own their own private islands are
- Sir Richard Branson ($4.2 billion) : Necker island (Virgin British isles)
- Bill Gates ($81 billion) : Grand Bogue Caye island (Belize)
- Dietrich Mateschitz of Red Bull ($5.3 billion) : Laucala island (Fiji)
- Giorgio Armani ($9.4 billion) : Skorpios island (Off the western coast of Greece)
Other popular holiday destinations are:
Monte Carlo, Monaco
The original playground of the ultra-rich with its glamorous hotels, world-class restaurants and of course the opulent Monaco casino. Monaco in a small area of France’s coastal region bordering the Mediterranean Sea and has become a vital part of the European economy thanks to luxurious tourist attractions as well as very favourable tax laws.
Monte-Carlo has perhaps one of the most expensive and exclusive shopping locations in the world. There are multiple stores of Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent and every high end car dealership you can imagine. That’s saying a lot for the world’s second smallest country.
Between great skiing in the winter and sunny skies at Lake Zurich in the summer, Zurich is a yearlong hot spot for the affluent. Zurich was named city with best quality of life in the world and is the wealthiest city in Europe (after all “rich” is actually part of its name).
Zürich has a rich cultural tradition. In addition to high-quality museums and galleries, Zürich has high-calibre chamber and symphony orchestras and several important theatres.
Zürich is a leading financial center and is the area with the most Swiss banks headquarters (which means allot of tax free money flows through the economy).
A vibrant nightlife, a rich cultural history, pristine ski resorts and many luxury hotels make Zurich a top destination for a billionaire getaway.
Eating & drinking
Billionaires can dine in the finest restaurants for every meal. Spending a few thousand dollars on a bottle of wine is nothing to them
Le Meurice and Restaurant Le Dali
Le Meurice is a hotel in Paris France which feature two of the city’s finest bars and restaurants (Restaurant le Meurice, and Restaurant Le Dali).
Highly acclaimed by food writers worldwide, Restaurant le Meurice is a three Michelin starred restaurant and is a magical place where you will taste forgotten classics, rediscover original ingredients and enjoy the harmonies of French fine-dining overlooking the Tuileries Garden.
Le Dali is situated under a magnificent ceiling mural with four low-hanging crystal chandeliers, a epic carved marble fireplace, double-barrel marble columns with gilded capitals circling the room. The restaurant has tall antique bevelled mirrors in each corner, rare marble and fabulous furnishings and features.
If you just want to wind down with a drink, bar 228 features deep leather armchairs and dark woodwork make an ideal setting for socialising and enjoying exclusive cocktails…
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, an undersea restaurant located 5 metres (16 ft) below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the Maldives. Offering a very unique and exclusive dinning experience with spectacular 180 degree under waster views.
Wearing nice fitting and well made cloths can make you feel like a million dollars. When you look good, you feel good and that is the key to success. Billionaires however take things to the next level of-course.
Black Diamond Dress
This is the worlds most expensive dress. Made with 50 two carat black diamonds and white diamonds it is sewn using gold thread.
The dress is handmade by British designer Debbie Wingham and took six months to make and at a $5.4 million price tag, it is her most extravagant to date.
Savile Row – Famous bespoke mens fashion street
Savile Row is a street in the London suburb of Mayfair (yes, the most expensive spot on the monopoly board) known as “golden mile of mens tailoring”. Bespoke suits from Savile Row usually cost upwards of $5k depending on the cloth/materials used, the tailor and the style.
Billionaires can afford to have their suits made exactly to fit in preciously the detail, style and material they want. They wouldn’t be caught dead in a suit off the rack.
Know for unstinting quality the streets famous designers include Norton & Sons, Gieves & Hawkes, Kilgour, Hardy Amies, Huntsman, Richard Anderson, Bernard Weatherill and Richard James. Suits take 8 – 12 weeks and are generally mostly hand made so customers always look at least a million dollars or more.