I think we all dream of having a bit of luxury in our lives once in a while. For me, luxury means a really nice bath with an expensive bath bomb so it’s a bit shocking to see how the really rich live their lives.
I can’t understand the desire to own more than one home. Isn’t that stressful? I can’t imagine having to clean 19 rooms. Of course, these billionaires have cleaning staff to deal with messes. But that’s another reality I can’t imagine. The best part of being a billionaire? Not having to worry about money in the normal sense.
From multiple homes and dream vacation getaways to luxury cars and private jets, these 20 billionaires have made their fortunes and are living large. Can you guess who’s at the top of the list?
20. Dilip Shanghvi
Dilip Shanghvi has a net worth of over $10 billion and made his fortune in the pharmaceutical industry. Shanghvi had a house built in the city of Surat. It’s a beautiful, luxurious home that features lush green lawns. He’s the second richest man in India and unlike other billionaires on this list, he holds a University degree. He’s also another billionaire who prefers to keep a low-profile. I think if I was a billionaire, I’d keep a low profile too and spend my billions on a fancy gym and lots of delicious take-out. I’d probably commission a house be made too and if it were modelled after Shanghvi’s home I would be happy about that. It’s a modern design and looks like a fortress. Privacy and security are definitely important when you’re this rich and successful.
19. William Lauder & Family
William Lauder is the executive chairman of the famed Estee Lauder cosmetics brand. He is the grandson of Estee Lauder herself. In an early 2016 profile, Forbes estimated Lauder’s net worth to be around $1.2 billion. Not bad for a guy who likely owns just under 6% of stock in the company. And what does all that money buy? William Lauder owns not just one luxury home, he owns several. He has houses in New York and Colorado. And what else does one do with a bunch of extra cash? Obviously, hire someone to conduct a private investigation on their mistress! Lauder’s life is not without drama. Did you know his mistress purchased a child from a child trafficking ring? Who doesn’t just go out and buy a baby to make sure their child has a friend to play with… Totally reasonable.
18. Piero Ferrari
Piero Ferrari is the son of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Ferrari car company. Piero is actually the illegitimate son of Enzo but despite this strained connection to the family tree, he has become the heir to the family business. When his father died, he became vice chairman. He also owns 10% of the company. It’s a good thing his dad prodded him away from the dangerous world of racing because he’s still in one piece and has a net worth of over $1 billion. He’s also got a passion for luxury yachts and he recently invested in the Ferretti Group which builds luxury yachts for super rich folks to take out onto the open sea.
17. Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega is the founder of Zara, the famous clothing brand. In September 2016, an article was featured on Forbes.com explaining that Ortega had surpassed Bill Gates in net worth. It wasn’t long-lived though, in fact, the two have been frog-jumping back and forth vying for top place, as richest man in the world. Not a bad title to hold, even for a few hours. It’s true that he’s a private guy and actually lives most of his life quite humbly. He lives in an apartment with his wife and he’s a creature of habit. But being a billionaire means he also owns his own equestrian centre, he hangs out the rich and famous and he owns of the tallest buildings in Spain. Oh, and did I mention that he also owns a jet? Yeah. It costs around $45 million to own one of those babies.
16. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon.com. The place where we all go these days to fulfill our need to get things immediately delivered to our doorsteps. As of February 2nd, 2017 Bezos’s net worth, according to Forbes.com, is around $72.3 billion. Pretty impressive for a guy who wanted to call name the famous shopping website, Cadabra. Recently, he purchased the largest house in Washington. It used to be the Textile Museum and he’s turning it into a swanky home for himself. He paid for the property with cold hard cash. No big deal, just $23 million out of pocket. It’s a gorgeous home and once he’s moved in with his family he might just be knocking on the Obama’s door to borrow some milk.
15. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is a name you most likely recognize immediately. He’s the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook. He’s worth over $50 billion. Not bad for a Harvard drop-out. Ironically, he’s pretty serious about his privacy and for the most part he’s a pretty normal seeming guy. But none of us normal non-rich people have $100 million to drop on a secret Hawaiian getaway spot. He also paid $45 million for his Palo Alto home. But a super successful guy like Zuckerberg clearly needs more than one home! He also bought a luxury property in San Francisco. You can check out photos of one of his gorgeous homes at Forbes.com. The master bathroom is HUGE and the outdoor fireplace area is just incredible.
14. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg has a net worth of over $40 billion. He served as the mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013. He’s also the founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. He owns a luxurious 5-story townhouse in New York but that’s not enough for Mr. Bloomberg. He’s slowly bought out units next door and in the vicinity in an effort to create a sort of mega-mansion. Bloomberg also owns a grand home in London for which he paid $25 million. The giant home is just a vacation spot though and just for good measure, he also owns another home in London. He also has a helicopter which he knows how to fly! But don’t worry, he still keeps a jet around too. Without it, he wouldn’t get to fly privately to his oceanfront vacation home in Bermuda.
13. Liliane Bettencourt
Liliane Bettencourt is worth over $35 billion and she owns 33% of L’Oreal along with her daughter and grandsons. She is actually no longer in control of her estate. Sadly, she suffers from dementia. She is now 94 years old. In 2015, she was the center of a trial in France that accused several close associates of taking advantage of the woman’s frail state. When I’m old and frail I only hope I get to spend my time in a giant mansion. In 2012, she sold her private island for triple what she paid originally. Despite her current fragile state, she’s definitely done some impressive things in her lifetime. Her father, the founder of L’Oreal, would no doubt be proud. Hopefully her daughter and grandchildren are thankful for what they have been given.
12. Li Ka-Shing
Li Ka-Shing is a high school drop-out who is now one of the richest men in Asia. He’s worth over $30 billion. He started his path to success when he opened his own factory as a young man. He’s made his fortune via manufacturing, property development, investing and just having a savvy mind for business. Li Ka-Shing lives in Deep Water Bay, which is an area in Hong Kong that exclusively houses the very wealthy. It’s a gorgeous, lush landscape speckled with grand mansions and estates and it’s right by the water. Another little tidbit about Ka-Shing: his oldest son was abducted for a HK$600 million ransom. That’s no small sum. If I had a child and he was abducted and I was asked for that kind of dough, my kid would be gone forever.
11. Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson is the CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands. He has a net worth of over $25 billion. He’s made his fortune with casinos and he lives in the casino capital of North America: Las Vegas. He has a lavish mansion in Las Vegas. Remember, Las Vegas is in the dessert. Of course, Adelson could care less about that! His estate features beautiful, lush green lawns. Saving water? What’s that? His mansion also has 13 and a half bathrooms. Having that many bathrooms is definitely a necessity when you’re living in nearly 44,000 square feet worth of space. When you gotta go, you gotta go. If you take a look at photos, you can spot a tennis court and an oddly shaped pool. The whole property can probably be seen from space.
10. Phil Knight
Phil Knight is the co-founder of Nike, the very well-known sportswear and shoe company. In 2016, he stepped down as chairman of Nike but he, along with his family, still own a large chunk of the company’s shares. He’s worth over $24 billion. In early 2016, he sold one of his luxury homes but don’t worry he still owns a fancy mansion in the same area. Knight also owns a luxury jet, worth $65 million. But what’s a fancy jet to do without a fancy hangar to store it in? Knight plunked down over $7 million to build a hangar for his jet in 2014. Thank goodness for a jet! What would retirement be like without owning the fastest private jet ever? It would be really normal and boring.
9. Michael Dell
Michael Dell is the CEO of Dell computers and has a net worth of over $20 billion. He’s also a University drop-out just like Zuckerberg. His Texas home has been nicknamed the castle. It’s stationed on a hill and has quite the security system. Like Sheldon Adelson’s grand estate, Dell’s home also features 13 bathrooms. The home also has two pools, one inside and one out. Dell also has another home nearby. Of course, that one is for keeping the horses. He’s also owner of several vacation homes abroad, most lavish of which is the Dell family’s Hawaiian getaway estate that sprawls over 4.3 acres. And of course, he also has a fabulous car collection. Oh and don’t forget about his private jet!
8. Emmanuel Besnier
Emmanuel Besnier is worth over $10 billion and his fortune comes from cheese. Anyone who gets to live their life in luxury on the basis of success with cheese is living the dream. He’s the CEO of his family’s dairy business and he’s quite a private person. There’s not a lot out there in the media about Besnier but we know that he does live in a castle in France. So basically he’s the king of cheese. He likes to keep a low profile and prefers remaining anonymous when he heads to town – probably to buy his own cheese! It must be hard to keep your head down when everyone knows you just came from the giant castle. I wonder how many bathrooms the castle has.
7. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison has a whopping net worth of $49.7 billion. He’s the CEO and founder of Oracle. He’s yet another billionaire university drop-out, having dropped out of two universities. Sometimes, I really regret finishing my two degrees. Clearly dropping out is the first step to billionaire status. Ellison owns a lot of homes. A lot. He says that his penchant for home-buying isn’t just a willy-nilly venture. He wants to turn many of these extra homes into art museums. Seems logical enough. He also bought an island in Hawaii and don’t we all wish we could simply buy private islands! I wonder if he rents out his properties on Air BnB. It would be a neat experience to stay in one of his luxury homes.
6. George Soros
George Soros is worth over $24 billion and found his fortune in hedge funds. He’s the founder of Soros Fund Management LLC. He really dislikes Trump and is very vocal and active in his support of refugees. He actually fled Nazi-occupied Hungary in the 1940s, which makes him a refugee as well. It’s clear why the cause is close to his heart. Soros owns 3 homes. He has a swanky New York City apartment, a mansion in NY state and an estate in Bedford. He bought the Bedford estate from Michael Crichton. But what would life be like without a vacation home? He owns a vacation estate in the Hamptons, the perfect spot to get chummy with other people who are rich and famous.
5. Leonardo Del Vecchio
Leonardo Del Vecchio is the CEO and founder of Luxottica, a luxury glasses company. He’s married with 6 children and has a net worth of $18.4 billion. In May 2015, when Del Vecchio turned 80, he decided to gift a large amount of shares of his company’s stock to his 8,000 Italian employees. He’s clearly a generous man. But he’s not afraid to spend a bit of money on himself either. He own a luxury yacht with a pool on board. He’s an impressive guy who has a satisfying rags to riches story. He was an orphaned child who was first introduced to the craft of creating eyeglasses when he worked as a young apprentice. He clearly worked hard to get where he is now.
4. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of SpaceX and he also co-founded Tesla Inc. And that’s just a snippet of what he’s up to. He’s got a net worth of around $13.1 billion. In his lifetime, he’s owned several fancy cars including a McLaren F1. But he’s not just a fanatic for luxury cars. In October 2016, he purchased a FIFTH property in Bel Air priced at around $24 million. That’s no small price tag! I’m not sure why one person needs so many houses. I hope he’s sharing the space or at least renting it out. I can’t even imagine cleaning that many rooms. It sounds like a nightmare. I would definitely prefer a small modest home if (and when, of course) I become super rich.
3. Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch is worth a cool $13.2 billion and made his money in the media business. He is the CEO and chairman of Newscorp. He’s married and has 6 children. When he was just 22, he inherited a newspaper that was owned and created by his father. It was the start of his rise to billionaire status. He buys and sells homes like they’re trading cards. In 2016 he sold his huge New York mansion for more than $25 million. The mansion is a gorgeously decorated home and its next owner will definitely be happy in the luxurious space that houses a fancy wine cellar and a relaxing rooftop terrace. And what billionaire would be caught dead without his private jet? Murdoch’s jet is worth over $80 million and it looks like it has a super comfy interior.
2. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is worth an estimated $73 billion. He’s consistently at the top of the Forbes 400 list. He’s not above heading to McDonald’s for his morning breakfast, but that’s not to say he isn’t a fancy guy. He bought his home in 1958 for a modest sum but today if you want to live on the same street you’ll be paying upwards of $2.5 million. Buffett also used to own a luxury vacation home in Laguna Beach, California. Buffett also owns a private jet, seemingly a pre-requisite for most billionaires. It’s hard to ignore why. Being able to head off wherever, whenever is definitely a bonus of being super rich. We all fantasize about this once in a while, don’t we?
1. Donald Trump
Ah yes. President Donald Trump. He’s got a net worth of about $3.7 billion but it seems that this figure flip-flops a whole lot. He’s made the bulk of his money through real-estate. The President, who vows to “Make America Great Again” is sitting pretty with his various real estate holdings. He’s lived in various luxury homes over the years, most famous of which being his Trump Tower penthouse in New York City. I can’t decide whether it’s the epitome of luxury or super tacky. Either way, it’s not something any normal person could afford, clocking in at a hefty $100 million price tag. It looks like a king’s living space and clearly says a lot about the person who choses to live in that kind of space. I think I would get exhausted by looking at gold trim all the time.
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