Have you always wanted to know what toys filthy rich billionaires play with?
Billionaires and their toys: always expensive and seldom sensible. When you see some of the things that the richest people in the world do with their money, it's a tad understandable when people rail against them. That said, a lot of this stuff would be cool to have, and we can't promise you that when our ship finally comes in, we won't be making some nonsensical purchases of our own.
In the Filthy Rich Guide: 50 Jaw-Dropping Toys Owned By Billionaires, we give you the lowdown on what the toy is, who owns it, how much it costs, and why it's so special, just in case you've got a few billion to burn and no idea on how to do it. Now let's begin!
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50. 1993 Volvo 240
Who owns it? Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
How much did it cost? $2,000.
What's the big deal? The big deal, in this case, is not that the billionaire likes to purchase extravagant items, but that he prefers to live in the opposite direction from most of his peers. Kamprad flies economy class for longer trips, and drives his follow whenever he can get to his destination by car.
49.The Anti-Climate Change Balloon
Who owns it? Conservative New York City engineer and businessman David Koch.
How much did it cost? Not sure on how much exactly that Koch spent as part of his campaign against the idea of climate change, but hotairballoon.org places the value of a hot air balloon at around $22,000 for a two-passenger and up to $45,000 for a four-passenger, which includes gondola, envelope, fuel tanks, and instruments.
What's the big deal? Hot air balloons are the types of attractions you see at festivals and county fairs, not the type of investment an individual makes to prove a political point.
48. Rosebud from Citizen Kane
Who owns it? Steven Spielberg.
How much did it cost? $60,000.
What's the big deal? Rosebud, film fans may know, is the iconic sled from the 1941 Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane. Spielberg bought it at auction in 1982. One of the most popular movie props in motion picture history – that's a big deal to us.
47. Virtual Ski Machine
Who owns it? Mikhail Prokhorov, a guy whose $13.5 billion (and counting) fortune would make Donald Trump envious.
How much did it cost? Not disclosed, but probably nowhere close to the $200 million he spent to buy 80 percent stake in the New Jersey Nets.
What's the big deal? Uniqueness. It's custom made and allows him to simulate the exact experience of skiing without the frostbite or threat of death.
46. Pigeon Races
Who owns it? Anonymous.
How much did it cost? $200,000.
What's the big deal? In Asia, the sport of pigeon racing is a bit of a big deal. Among the patrons that the sport attracts, there are some incredibly wealthy individuals, such as the anonymous billionaire from China who forked out six figures to buy a pedigreed pigeon.
45. Michael Keaton’s Batmobile
Who owns it? The Cathy family of Chick-fil-A fame.
How much did it cost? The late founder S. Truett Cathy, worth around $2 billion at the time, laid out $250,000.
What's the big deal? It's the Batmobile used in 1992's Batman Returns. The greatest screen incarnation of the Caped Crusader, the better of his two films, and one slick looking ride ... a bargain no matter how you cut it!
44. White Truffles
Who owns it? Stanley Ho, casino mogul, the "king of gambling."
How much did it cost? $330,000.
What's the big deal? On two separate occasions, Ho forked out big money for the purchase of white truffles. The largest came in 2007 – a 3.3 pound truffle altogether – for the price you see listed above.
43. The $390,000 Maybach Limo
Who owns it? Justin Combs, son of Sean "Diddy" Combs.
How much did it cost? $390,000.
What's the big deal? $390,000 isn't a particularly exorbitant sum of money compared to some of the other items on this list. However, when you consider that it was a gift to Sean's son for doing nothing more than making the honor roll, well, your billionaire is showing, Diddy.
42. Necker Nymph
Who owns it? Richard Branson
How much did it cost? £415,000 (just north of $600,000), though Branson is smart; he allows anyone with $25,000 a week to rent it out, which means he could have the full cost paid in about six months.
What's the big deal? It's a 3-person aero submarine that can dive down to a depth of 30 meters for a 360-degree view of sea plant and animal life.
41. The Spy Who Loved Me Submarine
Who owns it? Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla.
How much did it cost? $866,000.
What's the big deal? If you ever saw the James Bond film, then you know all about the Lotus Esprit submarine, which transformed from an automobile in the picture. Musk purchased the glorified movie prop from an auction in 2013 with the intention of transforming it legitimately. No word yet on whether he has been successful.
40. Thriller Jacket
Who owns it? Milton Verret, an Austin, Texas-based gold trader.
How much did it cost? $1.8 million, purchased from a June 2011 charity auction.
What's the big deal? Michael Jackson actually wore it in the legendary video.
39. Dale Chihuly Glass Designer Art
Who owns it? Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.
How much did it cost? $15,000 per piece.
What's the big deal? You may see the $15,000 number above, and think, "Well, that's not so bad considering the other stuff on this list." However, when you multiply that number times the 400 pieces that Mayer purchased for her penthouse apartment, things get a lot more interesting. To save you from the math, it works out to $6 million.
38. Jocelyn Wildenstein’s Face
Who owns it? Jocelyn Wildenstein, billionaire socialite.
How much did it cost? $4 million.
What's the big deal? Who knows what Wildenstein would have looked like had she not poured $4 million in two redesigning her face? The botched surgeries have earned her a reputation for being "catlike" in her appearance. As if that isn't enough for all lavish tastes, she also reportedly spends $547,000 on diets and wine per year as well as $60,000 on a single phone bill.
37. Diamond Ducati
Who owns it? Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, member of the Saudi royal family.
How much did it cost? $4.8 million, according to The Richest.
What's the big deal? The Ducati is encrusted with diamonds and Swarovski crystals, accounting for the hefty price tag. Needless to say, the Prince drives his stunning ride very little.
36. Leona Helmsley’s Pet Trust Fund
Who owns it? Trouble, her pet.
How much did it cost? $12 million.
What's the big deal? Although a judge eventually converted the $12 million inheritance that Helmsley left her pet when she died to $2 million, the Queen of Mean's pooch was a lucky animal, especially considering that the dog be out Helmsley's actual human family for the money. Trouble died in 2011, and the remainder of the dog's money went to charities. Not so mean after all, huh?
35. Floating Cities and Immortality
Who owns it? Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal.
How much did it cost? Unknown, but a lot.
What's the big deal? Peter Thiel is a rarity in the worlds of Silicon Valley and politics. He is a gay conservative libertarian, who supported both John McCain and Mitt Romney for president. This eccentricity continues to show it self in his two major passions: seasteading, or the act of living and floating cities free from government jurisdiction, and immortality. He has poured millions of dollars into each hobby, and plans to have his body cryogenically frozen at the time of death.
34. Hitler’s Mercedes
Who owns it? Anonymous.
How much did it cost? Undisclosed sum between $6 million and $15 million.
What's the big deal? The anonymous billionaire, who purchased Hitler's Mercedes has never allowed his identity to be known, but he acquired the car in 2006. Düsseldorf dealer Michael Froelich, who arranged the transaction, said the billionaire didn't plan to stop there when it came to buying up old Nazi cars. A Hitler fascination and a boatload of money – scary mix!
33. Ferrari Testa Rossa
Who owns it? Anonymous (no, not the hackers)
How much did it cost? $16.4 million
What's the big deal? First off, it's Ferrari, whom you have probably heard of; secondly, it's a prototype, so there are no others like it in the world. Brand name plus rare means you better have some bucks if you want to take this off the buyer's hands.
32. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
Who owns it? Chris Evans, British radio host. Please
How much did it cost? $19 million.
What's the big deal? Other than the fact that this is an eight-figure car and worthy of our reverence, the car is a gorgeous transplant from the 1960s and was one of only 36 of its kind ever built.
31. Patel Philippe Pocket Watch
Who owns it? Anonymous.
How much did it cost? $24.4 million.
What's the big deal? Patek Philippe created this watch in 1933 for the prominent banker Henry Graves. On one separate occasion in the 1990s, it sold for $11 million. It more than doubled that at a Sotheby's auction in 2014.
30. World War II Planes
Who owns it? Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.
How much did it cost? We are not sure exactly how much money Allen has spent over the years on World War II airplanes, but if the $5 million hangar he keeps them in is any indication, quite a bit! Thus far, he owns a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a Curtiss 40C Tomahawk, the Polikarpov U-2/Po-2, and 17 others from the era.
What's the big deal? There is a lot of history in these old aircraft, and Allen is doing the world a service by preserving and restoring them.
29. Home Cable Car
Who owns it? Larry Ellison, chief technology officer for Oracle Corporation. He's worth around $47.6 billion as of March 2016, by the way.
How much did it cost? No details have been released on the cost of the cable car, which connects his impressive backyard consisting of a swimming pool and tennis court to the main house above. However, the home itself cost Ellison approximately $20 million.
What's the big deal? A cable car on its own might not be that big of a deal, but when you put it on your property, and it allows you to freely go from your mansion to resort-style amenities, well, that's a toy worth celebrating.
28. World’s Most Expensive Beetle Collection
Who owns it? David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist.
How much did it cost? Millions.
What's the big deal? Rockefeller has a passion for beetles, and no, we don't mean the driving kind. He collects the bugs, and has been known to spend as much as $1 million on a single rare species.
27. Titanic II
Who owns it? Clive Palmer, billionaire with too much time and money on his hands.
How much did it cost? Hard to say, Palmer is still in the process of building his creation, a project that has already been several years in the making.
What's the big deal? Who wouldn't want to ride on board a replica of the ill-fated ship?
26. Jurassic Park
Who owns it? Clive Palmer again. Did we mention the guy is a movie nut?
How much did it cost? No idea.
What's the big deal? With some of the crazy ideas that Palmer throws around along with his money, it makes you wonder how he has been able to a) keep his cash all these years and b) make it in the first place. Prior to Titanic II, he attempted to make Jurassic Park a reality by cloning dinosaurs. It didn't work, so he installed lifelike robotic dinosaurs on his golf course.
25. In-Home Penguin Zoo
Who owns it? Bidzina Ivanishvili, metals and banking billionaire.
How much did it cost? No figures have been released, but his home is like a small city so we're expecting it's in the millions.
What's the big deal? Not only does the home have a zoo dedicated exclusively to penguins, he also has an all glass exterior home that looks fresh out of Iron Man.
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24. Leonardo da Vinci’s Journal
Who owns it? Bill Gates.
How much did it cost? $30.8 million.
What's the big deal? One of only 30 remaining scientific journals authored by Leonardo da Vinci in existence, the Codex Leicester is the most famous. Gates bought it in a 1994 auction, headed digitally scanned, and made available as a comprehensive CD-ROM.
23. The Badminton Cabinet
Who owns it? Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein.
How much did it cost? $36 million.
What's the big deal? The Badminton Cabinet set a record at the 2004 Christie's auction when the Prince made his winning bid for the ebony set of drawers, which are inlaid with amethyst quartz and lapis lazuli. The cabinet dates back to the 18th century, and now, suitably, rests in the Liechtenstein Museum in Austria thanks to the Prince's generosity.
22. The Invisible House
Who owns it? Chau Chak Wing, Chinese billionaire and developer.
How much did it cost? $52 million.
What's the big deal? We suppose there have been crazier home purchases than what Wing did with this Australian mansion. However, few people would have the brass to lay out that kind of money he did without ever seeing the home. At six stories tall, we're sure that it didn't stay invisible to him for long.
21. Count Dracula’s Castle
Who owns it? The technical name is Bran Castle, but it will always be Count Dracula's castle to us because it is said to be the inspiration for where the infamous blood drinker lived in Bram Stoker's horror classic. The Archduke Dominic of Austria-Tuscany is the current owner. It became his in 2006 by right of succession.
How much did it cost? The numbers have not been disclosed if the Archduke paid anything. He most certainly has handled upkeep, and is now trying to unload it for an asking price of $66 million.
What's the big deal? Come on. Who wouldn't want to live in the birthplace of Count Dracula?
20. Personal Fire Brigade
Who owns it? George Lucas
How much did it cost? Thousands upon thousands of dollars in ongoing expenses. We suspect the number is in the millions, but unless George opens his books, that would just be speculation.
What's the big deal? Why does anyone need a personal fire brigade consisting of 12 full-time firefighters and two fire trucks? When you own a $100 million ranch, it's wise to take proper precautions and treat it like a small city that it is.
19. The Blue Moon Diamond
Who owns it? Josephine Lau, daughter of billionaire Joseph Lau.
How much did it cost? $48.4 million.
What's the big deal? The Hong Kong billionaire purchased the 12.03-carat diamond at an auction in Geneva for his seven-year-old daughter in November 2015. How will any future would-be fiancé ever live up to that for when Josephine gets older? Thanks, dad!
18. The Oasis Yacht
Who owns it? Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google.
How much did it cost? $72 million.
What's the big deal? Schmidt's yacht is more than just a yacht, coming with a host of add-ons like swimming pool, jet skis, and a gymnasium that converts into a disco.
17. Google Air
Who owns it? Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, Google.
How much did it cost? $1.3 million annually.
What's the big deal? The Google guys own five jets altogether: a Boeing 757, Boeing 767, two Gulfstream Vs, and a 1982 Dornier Alpha fighter.
16. Necker Island
Who owns it? Richard Branson, the Virgin guy again.
How much did it cost? $200 million.
What's the big deal? In the early 1980s, Branson purchased this island for below sum of $180,000. He has since taken it upon himself to develop the property, pouring the $200 million in an effort to develop residential properties.
15. Trump Force One
Who owns it? Who else -- Donald Trump!
How much did it cost? $100 million, according to this piece by Business Insider. How do they know that? Again, this is Donald Trump. He's not exactly shy with expenses that make him look rich.
What's the big deal? It seats 43, reaches speeds of up to 500 miles per hour, boasts Rolls-Royce engines, as well as a you-know-what-ton of gold plated accents including 24-carat seat belts, personal TV screens for each seat, a guest room with bed-converting couches, a long table for board meetings, a personal bathroom with gold fixtures and a shower, and a multiplex movie system, which holds 1,000 movies and 2,500 CDs.
14. Bill Gates House
Who owns it? Bill Gates, Microsoft founder.
How much did it cost? $120 million.
What's the big deal? Contains a high tech sensor system, artwork that changes with a simple touch, a large trampoline room, six kitchens, 24 bathrooms, a 23 car garage, a massive aquarium, imported sand from the Caribbean, and underwater music systems, among other hard to beat amenities.
13. Cuban Fleet
Who owns it? Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and costar of TV's Shark Tank.
How much did it cost? Hundreds of millions of dollars.
What's the big deal? What does one human being need with three different airplanes? For an answer to that question, you would have to ask Cuban himself; that said, he owns a Gulfstream V, a Boeing 767, and a Boeing 757. When he purchased the Gulfstream online in 1999, the $40 million transaction went down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest purchase via e-commerce ever.
12. Steven Cohen’s Art Collection
Who owns it? Steven Cohen, hedge fund manager and founder of SAC Capital Advisor.
How much did it cost? Hundreds of millions of dollars, but Cohen can afford it since he has a net worth of around $12 billion.
What's the big deal? The collection as a whole is impressive, but it is comprised of pieces that are worth more than many of us will ever earn in a lifetime. Take de Kooning's Woman III, for instance, a painting Cohen spent $137.5 million to acquire. He also forked over $110 million for a Jasper Johns.
11. Reclining Nude
Who owns it? Liu Yiqian, billionaire collector of Chinese antiquities and art.
How much did it cost? $170 million.
What's the big deal? Yiqian purchased the painting of a young woman doing exactly what the title says – one of the most expensive in the world if not the most expensive – using his American Express card. Talk about frequent flyer miles!
10. The Eclipse Yacht
Who owns it? Roman Abramovich.
How much did it cost? $450 million.
What's the big deal? You may be wondering how something that travels on the water can cost more than four times the amount of Donald Trump's jet. Well, the ship, which was purchased by a Russian businessman, owner of Milhouse LLC, and the Chelsea Football Club, features two helicopter pads, a luxury spa, miniature submarine, swimming pool, and a missile detection system. That explains it!
9. The Airbus A380
Who owns it? Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, Saudi royal family.
How much did it cost? $500 million.
What's the big deal? The plane itself will comfortably seat 800 people. Initial purchase price was $400 million, but the Prince being who he is, through another 100 mill into the plane for customization.
8. Island of Lanai
Who owns it? Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO.
How much did it cost? $500 million.
What's the big deal? If owning your own island isn't a big deal, we don't know what is. Add to this purchase the Island Air fleet for shuttling guests to and from, and you have a man in Ellison, who knows how to entertain his guests.
7. Ronald Lauder’s Art Collection
Who owns it? Ronald Lauder, heir to the Estée Lauder cosmetics company.
How much did it cost? $650 million.
What's the big deal? If you want to burn through some cash, art is a great way to do it, particularly if you follow the lead of Lauder or the previously mentioned Cohen. In Lauder's case, there is a $38.1 million Kirchner and a $135 million Klimt, the latter of which is the third most expensive painting ever sold.
6. Blue Origin LLC’s Spaceship Project
Who owns it? Jeff Bezos is the major funder.
How much did it cost? No one really knows how much money from private investments has been pumped in to the company, whose intent is to make space tourism practical, but Bezos has personally invested at least $500 million. The company has also won several development projects for NASA, receiving total funds of around $25.7 million.
What's the big deal? If Bezos and company are successful, then we could one day be vacationing in orbit.
5. Virgin Galactic Spaceship
Who owns it? Richard Branson, billionaire owner of Virgin Enterprises.
How much did it cost? Branson has reportedly poured hundreds of millions of dollars into his company devoted to the development of suborbital space flights. In 2010, he sold a 31.8% stake for $280 million to the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi, Aabar Investments group.
What's the big deal? Branson is competing directly with at least one other space tourist company in Blue Origin driven by Amazon's Jeff Bezos. With the track records of these two guys, it seems like a promising sector. Plus, who doesn't want their own spaceship?
4. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Who owns it? Alice Walton, heir of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.
How much did it cost? $1 billion.
What's the big deal? Crystal Bridges was funded by Walton through a $1 billion endowment, offering a number of courses and attractions as well as traveling exhibits of some of the world's most popular paintings. While the museum is now an employer, it all started because of Walton's fascination for fine art, making this perhaps the most expensive toy on our list.
3. Mukesh Ambani’s House
Who owns it? Mukesh Ambani, Indian businessman and one of the world's richest people.
How much did it cost? $2 billion.
What's the big deal? There comes a point when a house ceases to be a domicile and starts to be a lavish toy. Ambani hit that point when he decided to build a 27-story skyscraper above the slums of Mumbai. The home has an insane 4,000,000 square feet of interior space and stands 550 feet off the ground.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
Who owns it? Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO.
How much did it cost? $2 billion.
What's the big deal? Ballmer purchased the Clippers in 2014 after the now infamous incident when former owner Donald Sterling said racially offensive remarks while being recorded. The NBA forced him to sell, and on May 27, 2014, the energetic Ballmer took over.
1. Jerudong Theme Park
Who owns it? Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan of Brunei.
How much did it cost? $3 billion.
What's the big deal? The Sultan spent tons of money getting this theme Park opened for the public in 1994. Surprisingly, he did not charge any admission for a number of years. That has since changed to a one-time fee. Many of the rides are also now up for sale. Not the best business idea! Still, the park is pretty cool with a musical fountain show, F1 go-cart attractions, a carousel, Junior roller coaster, chocolate swimming pool, mini amphitheater, and a number of other kid-friendly attractions.
So there you have it, the 50 most jaw-dropping toys owned by billionaires. We hope that some of these can fit under your Christmas tree one day. In the meantime, which one would you most like to own? Sound off in the comments section!