Millionaires and Billionaires with the Most Bizarre Spending Habits
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Millionaires and Billionaires with the Most Bizarre Spending Habits

May 22, 2024 Share

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No, not the normal yachts, mansions, and cars; the following individuals have taken “bizarre” habits to a whole new level.

The extremely wealthy are renowned for leading lavish lives and for frequently acquiring expansive homes, private aircraft, and yachts. However, some of them have bizarre habits of purchasing non-usual stuff. Here are a few of the most bizarre purchases made by millionaires and billionaires that demonstrate their distinct buying patterns, ranging from dinosaur skulls to ghost detectors.

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Elon Musk and the Submarine Car

The entrepreneur behind SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, has an affinity for strange automobiles. For an impressive $920,000, he purchased the legendary Lotus Esprit underwater car from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me in 2013. The real-life automobile lets water in, necessitating the usage of an oxygen tank for the driver, in contrast to the movie version where Bond stays dry. Musk revealed intentions to modify the vehicle with a Tesla electric drivetrain to enable the metamorphosis, expressing disappointment that the vehicle was unable to change in real life.

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William Koch’s Wild West Treasure

William Koch, one of the wealthier but less well-known Koch brothers, has a passion for the history of the Wild West. He paid $2.3 million for the sole verified image of the infamous bandit Billy the Kid in 2011. William stands out from his brothers Charles and David because he has carved out a niche for himself by gathering priceless historical relics, while his brothers Charles and David are well known for their industrial empire and political power.

Lady Gaga’s Ghost Detector

In addition to becoming a musical sensation, Lady Gaga is well-known for being afraid of ghosts. She spent $50,000 on a cutting-edge ghost detector to make sure her rooms are free from paranormal invasions. The Grammy and Oscar Award-winning artist could have made investments in fashion or commercial endeavors with his estimated net worth of $150 million. But this unusual purchase brings attention to her quirky nature and her determination to live a ghost-free life.

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Nicolas Cage’s Exotic Collection

Strange purchases are nothing new for Nicolas Cage. He paid $276,000 for a rare dinosaur skull in 2015, but when he discovered it was stolen, he had to give it back to the police. But he doesn’t stop there with his varied spending. In addition, Cage purchased two castles, a pair of albino cobras, a $150,000 pet octopus, and the first Superman comic for an additional $150,000. His extravagant spending was so rampant that in 2015 sources claimed he had wasted his $150 million fortune between 1996 and 2011.

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Paris Hilton’s Dog Mansion

Paris Hilton is well-known for her passion for animals, and she went above and beyond by giving her dogs a $325,000 mansion. This tiny replica of her opulent home has all the amenities she could want—a chandelier, air conditioning, heating, and designer furnishings. Hilton’s commitment to providing her pets with the same level of luxury as she does is demonstrated by her pet house.

Jay-Z’s Gold Champagne

Jay-Z, the rapper and business tycoon, is well-known for leading an opulent lifestyle; his $200,000 purchase of an Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” champagne bottle is just one example of the most bizarre habits. This exquisite champagne, set in gold, is a representation of his wealth and accomplishment. Jay-Z’s drink selections demonstrate his liking for finer things in life, which gives his image as a high-rolling businessman even more depth.

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