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Billionaires – they’re just like us. Well, kind of.
Whether it’s on a yacht, fancy car, or avant-garde collection of art, the wealthiest people in the world are willing to lay down some serious cash on the things they love.
We’ve rounded up some of the best billionaire toys here.
Steve Cohen’s 14-foot shark
Billionaire hedge funder Steve Cohen has an art collection that has been valued at as much as $1 billion. In 2004, he paid between $8 million and $12 million for a shark that had been suspended in formaldehyde – a piece called “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” by British artist Damien Hirst. He later paid Hirst for a replacement after the shark (which was once actually alive) began to detiorate.
Elon Musk’s spy submarine
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In 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid $866,000 at auction for the Lotus Esprit submarine that appeared in the 1977 James Bond flick “The Spy Who Loved Me.” He has said he wants to try and make it “transform for real.”
Mikhail Prokhorov’s virtual ski machine
- 60 Minutes
Billionaire Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov owns lots of cool toys (including that sports team he bought for $200 million). But he’s also got some unique possessions, including a virtual ski machine. Prokhorov is a known daredevil; he once filmed himself doing stunts on a jetski and had a production company set the movie to music.
Paul Allen’s yacht
Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s 414-foot yacht, “Octopus,” is one of the largest in the world, and it boasts two helicopters, a submarine, and plenty of space to throw lavish, celebrity-packed parties. He also owns a smaller yacht, called “Tatoosh.”
Paul Allen plane collection
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Allen also has a collection of vintage war planes that’s rumored to be worth millions of dollars. He houses the planes in a museum called the Flying Heritage Collection, based in a hangar in Everett, Washington.
One plane in his collection is the MiG-29 Fulcrum, which was created by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan Design Bureau to challenge American fighter pilots in the 1970s.
Steven Spielberg’s “Citizen Kane” memorabilia
- RKO Pictures
Though he could probably take his pick from the movie props of his own blockbusters, Steven Spielberg reportedly paid around $60,000 for “Rosebud,” the sled from the 1941 Orson Welles classic film “Citizen Kane,” in a Sotheby’s auction back in 1982.
Bill Gates’ Leonardo da Vinci journal
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Included in Gates’ mansion’s many rooms is a huge domed library filled with books. Gates is an avid reader, and he reportedly hired a rare-books dealer to stock his library for him. Among his possessions is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex Leicester,” a 15th-century manuscript that Gates bought at auction for $30.8 million in 1994.
Of the 30 surviving Leonardo da Vinci scientific journals, the Codex Leicester is the most famous.
Richard Branson’s submarine
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Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson owns a 74-acre retreat in the Caribbean called Necker Island, where his luxury resort can accommodate up to 30 people. When guests get tired of lounging by the pool or beach, they can hang out on Branson’s yacht, the Necker Belle, or explore the sea on his submarine, the Necker Nymph.
Larry Ellison’s Hawaiian island
- Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is arguably the king of extravagant toys, with a huge real estate portfolio and a collection of fast cars and military planes to his name. In 2012, he paid more than $300 million for 98% of the island of Lanai, which he plans to develop into a model of sustainable living.
Larry Ellison’s yacht
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Ellison also has a 288-foot yacht called “Musashi” after a revered 16th-century Japanese warrior. The boat’s amenities include two master suites and a basketball hoop.
Mark Cuban’s yacht
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban’s 288-foot “Fountainhead” yacht is the sister ship to Ellison’s “Musashi.” The two ships look nearly the same from the outside, though Cuban reportedly went for a more antique-inspired interior.
Mark Cuban’s planes
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Cuban also owns three private jets: a Gulfstream V, Boeing 757, and a Boeing 767. When he bought the Gulfstream online in 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records named the $40 million purchase the largest e-commerce buy ever.
“It means I have more hours in my day to spend with friends and family,”he explained to the Wall Street Journal in 2010. “It means I can get more work done. It means I can travel comfortably with my family. It’s a life- and game-changer.”
Eric Schmidt’s yacht
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has a 195-foot yacht called “Oasis,” which he charters out for $400,000 a week. The yacht has plenty of amenities, including a pool, jet skis, and a gym that can be converted into a disco.