For most people buying a car is quite an achievement and often a status symbol for many. Billionaires have nothing short of anything and can buy everything from hypercars to private jets. However, with all the money they have to spend, often than not they dont have cars that reflect their immense wealth.
So, what do they really prefer to buy when it comes to cars? Is it the most luxurious ones you can get your hands on or the collection from classics that is rare? Lets dive a bit into the world of some of the worlds richest tastes and their collection and preference of the 4-wheels. Heres goes the list of the top10 richest man cars they have spent their fortunes on…
1. Jeff Bezos – Honda Accord
A man with a net worth of over $130billion, the worlds richest man- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, doesnt quite believe in flaunting his fortune on his commutes. The riches he owns doesnt quite reflect back behind the wheel though, as he chose a Honda Accord as his drive
2. Elon Musk – McLaren F1
Elon Musk is a bit like Bond villain- Tech obsessed and super-rich, with about $120billion. For the man responsible for Tesla, the popular electric car company that captured the world with electrification, one might wonder that Musk would prefer only EVs, but that is not the case.
He has spent his fortune on some interesting drives like McLaren F1 and *that* Lotus Esprit from the Bond film- The Spy Who Loved Me which he now plans to turn into a proper submarine and tuck it away under covers forever. He has some real deal in his garage.
3. Bernard Arnault – BMW 760Li
Would you not want a luxurious car to match the luxury goods business of yours? Being the boss of rich brands like Moet and Louis Vuitton, your drive could be no less. But Bernard Arnault wouldnt care much, with BMW 760Li of 2015 as his recent car which doesnt quite shout out as being the cutting-edge of the fashion industry.
4. Bill Gates – Porsche 959
Having slipped to the 4th position recently, Bill Gates was once the richest man. With a current net worth of about $ 91billion, he owns cars which are exotic, luxurious, and rare. Not much of a show-off, with not much known about the cars he owns, but he sure does own one of the rarest cars in the world, that is Porsche 959, for which he waited for a long 13 years to import it to America. Alternatively, he owns Mercedes, Lamborghini and Ferrari too!
5. Mukesh Ambani- Maybach 62 & more
Indian multi-billionaire Mukesh Ambani, Asias richest man, has a net worth of $71 billion. He owns a fleet of cars including Rolls Royces, BMWs, Aston Martins, but the one that stands out, is the one gifted by his wife Neeta Ambani- a personalized Mercedes Maybach 62, that oozes grandeur from every corner.
6. Warren Buffet – Cadillac XTS
Warren Buffet is one of those classic Wall Street types who has made his billions through a load of savvy investments. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway & holds a net worth of around $70 billion currently. He is famously reluctant about the money he spends and owns a luxury sedan Cadillac XTS, which he recently updated from Cadillac DTS.
7. Mark Zuckerberg – Pagani Huayra, Honda Jazz
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook is a man with simple attire and the choice of cars that is quite plain too. The down-to-earth man doesnt quite like to show off his wealth at all, which is quite evident.
He owns a twin-turbocharged V12 Pagani Huayra and Honda Jazz. Considering his net worth of over $50 billion, his car choice is simple and practical. He is also reported to own the sporty fun-to-drive hatchback Volkswagen Golf GTI.
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8. Jack Ma – Roewe RX5
Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba- Chinas leading technology & e-commerce company, Jack Ma is the second richest man in China. With a net worth of $48.2 billion, he is a very humble patriot at heart and owns Roewe RX5 SUV that is very moderately priced and a regular SUV in China.
9. Steve Ballmer – Ford Fusion
With a net worth of about $40 billion, Steve Ballmer who has been the CEO of Microsoft and owns the Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Team is originally from Detroit-the place where Fords journey began.
Ballmer has remained loyal to Ford vehicles since its the company from his hometown, where his father worked. On the purchase of his Ford Fusion in 2010, the then Ford CEO, Allan Mullally actually drove the car to Ballmers house to deliver it personally.
10. Larry Page & Sergey Brin – Tesla & Toyota
Larry Page & Sergey Brin founded Google and are quite minted themselves. Both of them share similar taste in cars, with Tesla Roadster and Toyota Prius in their garages, each.
Gauging by the above list, its quite a spoiler that not all CEOs drive lavish and expensive vehicles. Perhaps a lesson for us commoners, to be a bit more frugal and adhere to the stealth wealth concept- in which the greatest expression of affluence is demonstrated by lack of need to show it off.