Top 20 Billionaires Who Live The Most Lavish Lifestyles
I think we all dream of luxury at some point in our lives. For me, luxury means a really nice bathroom with an expensive bath bomb, so it’s a bit amazing to see how wealthy people live their lives.
I can’t understand wanting to own more than one home. Isn’t that stressful? I can’t imagine cleaning 19 rooms. Of course, these billionaires have cleaning crews to deal with the mess. But this is another reality that I can’t imagine. The best part about being a billionaire? You don’t have to worry about money in general.
From dream homes and multiple vacations to luxury cars and private jets, these 20 billionaires have made their fortunes and are living the big life.
01. Dilip Shanghvi
Dilip Shanghvi has a net worth of more than $10 billion and earned his fortune in the pharmaceutical business. Shanghvi had a house in the city of Surat. It is a beautiful and luxurious home with lush green lawns. He is the second richest man in India and unlike the other billionaires on this list, he has a college degree. He is also another billionaire who prefers to keep a low profile. I guess if I were a billionaire, I’d also keep a low profile and spend billions on fancy gyms and lots of delicious deli food. I’ll also probably order a house to be built and I’ll be happy if it matches Shanghvi’s. It has a modern design and resembles a castle. When you are this rich and successful, privacy and security are definitely important.
02. William Lauder and Family
William Lauder is the CEO of the famous Estee Lauder cosmetics brand. In an early 2016 profile, Forbes estimated Lauder’s net worth at $1.2 billion. Not bad for a guy who probably only owns less than 6% of the stock in the company. And what do you buy with all this money? William Lauder owns not just one stately home, but several. He has homes in New York and Colorado. And what else does one do with a bunch of extra money? Of course, hire someone to conduct a private investigation regarding your mistress! Lauder’s life is not without drama. Did you know that his mistress bought the baby from a child trafficking ring? Who wouldn’t buy a baby just to make sure their baby has a friend to play with… totally reasonable.
03. Piero Ferrari
Piero Ferrari is the son of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari car company. Beru is in fact the illegitimate son of Enzo, but despite this strained relationship to the family tree, he inherits the family business. He also owns 10% of the company. It’s a good thing his dad steered him away from the dangerous world of racing because he’s still in the same division and has a net worth of over $1 billion. He also has a passion for luxury yachts, and has recently invested in the Ferretti Group, which builds luxury yachts for the very wealthy to take to the high seas.
04. Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega is the founder of the famous Zara clothing brand. In September 2016, an article appeared on Forbes.com stating that Ortega had surpassed Bill Gates in net worth. It didn’t last long, in fact, the two went back and forth to claim the top spot as the richest man in the world. Not a bad title to hold onto, even for a few hours. It is true that he is a private man and in fact he lives most of his life very modestly. He lives in an apartment with his wife and is a creature of habit. But being a billionaire means he also owns his own equestrian center, walks out with the rich and famous and owns some of the tallest buildings in Spain. Oh, and did I mention he also owns a plane? Yes. The cost of owning one of these children is about $45 million.
05. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon.com. Our go-to place these days for our need for instant delivery right to our doorstep. As of February 2, 2017, Bezos’ net worth is approximately $72.3 billion, according to Forbes.com. Impressive for a guy who wants to connect to popular shopping site Cadabra. He recently bought the largest home in Washington. It was a tapestry museum and he was turning it into a strange home for himself. Pay for the property in cold cash. Not a big deal, just $23 million out of pocket. It’s a nice home and once he’s gone with his family, he’ll probably knock on Obama’s door for milk.
06. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is a name you’ll probably recognize right away. He is Facebook’s co-founder, chairman, and CEO. His fortune is more than 50 billion dollars. Not bad for a Harvard dropout. Ironically, he is very serious about his privacy and is mostly a normal looking guy. But none of us who aren’t rich have $100 million to drop at a secret location in Hawaii. He also paid $45 million for his home in Palo Alto. But it is clear that a successful man like Zuckerberg needs more than one home! You can see photos of one of her beautiful homes at Forbes.com. The master bath is huge and the outdoor fireplace area is great.
07. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg has a net worth of over $40 billion. He owns a luxurious 5-story house in New York, but this is not enough for Mr. Bloomberg. He gradually bought up the neighboring units and the surrounding area in an effort to build a kind of huge mansion. Bloomberg also owns a large house in London, for which he paid $25 million. He even owns a helicopter and knows how to fly! But don’t worry, he still has a jet set. Without it, he wouldn’t be able to travel in privacy to his beachfront home in Bermuda.
08. Lilian Bettencourt
Liliane Bettencourt has a net worth of over $35 billion and owns 33% of L’Oreal with her daughter and grandson. He is no longer in fact in control of his property. Unfortunately, he suffers from dementia. She is now 94 years old. In 2015, she was at the center of a trial in France that accused several of her close associates of taking advantage of a woman’s vulnerable condition. When I am old and frail, I only wish to pass my time in a great palace. In 2012, he sold his private island for three times what he had originally paid. Despite his current critical condition, he has definitely done some impressive things in his life. No doubt her father, the founder of L’Oréal, would be proud of that. We hope her daughter and grandchildren will be grateful for what they have given them.
09. Li Ka-Shing
Li Ka-shing is a high school dropout who is now one of the richest men in Asia. His fortune is more than 30 billion dollars. He made his fortune in manufacturing, real estate development, investment and business simply by having a shrewd mind. Li Ka-shing lives in Deepwater Bay, an area of Hong Kong where the wealthy live. It is a beautiful, lush landscape dotted with grand mansions and estates right by the water. Another little piece of information about Ka-shing: He kidnapped his eldest son for a ransom of HK$600 million. This is not a small amount. If I had a child and I was kidnapped and asked for that kind of flour, my child would be gone forever.
10. Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson is the CEO and Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Board of Directors. His net worth is over $25 billion. He has a luxurious mansion in Las Vegas. Remember, Las Vegas is in dessert. Of course, Adelson doesn’t care about that! His property has beautiful green lawns. Water supply? What is this? His mansion also contains 13 and a half bathrooms. Having plenty of bathrooms is definitely a necessity when you live in an area of approximately 44,000 square feet. When you must go, you will go. If you take a look at the pictures you can see a tennis court and an oddly shaped swimming pool. Perhaps the entire property can be seen from space.
11. Phil Knight
Phil Knight is the co-founder of Nike, a very popular athletic shoe and footwear company. In 2016, he resigned as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nike, but he and his family still own a significant part of the company’s shares. His net worth is more than $24 billion. In early 2016, he sold one of his luxury homes but don’t worry he still owns a stunning mansion in the same area. Knight also owns a $65 million luxury jet. But what’s a luxury plane without a fancy hanger to store? Knight spent over $7 million in 2014 building a hangar for his plane. Thank God for Jet!
12. Michael Dell
Michael Dell is the CEO of DeMichael Dell, the CEO of Dell Computers, is worth more than $20 billion. He is also a university dropout like Zuckerberg. His home in Texas is called The Castle. It is located on a hill and has a lot of security systems. Like Sheldon Adelson’s big house, Dale’s house has 13 bathrooms. The house also has two swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor. Dale also owns another house. Of course, he is there to raise horses. He also owns a number of vacation homes abroad, the most exciting of which is the Dale family’s Gateway Hawaii estate sprawling across 4.3 acres. And of course, he also has an impressive collection of cars. Oh and don’t forget his private jet!
13. Emmanuel Besnier
Emmanuel Besnier has a net worth of over $10 billion and his wealth comes from cheese. Anyone who gets the chance to live a life of luxury based on success with cheese is living the dream. He is the CEO of his family’s dairy company and is a completely private person. There is not much in the media about Besnier but we do know that he lives in a castle in France. So it’s basically the king of cheese. He likes to keep a low profile and prefers to remain anonymous when he goes into town – maybe to buy his cheese! I wonder how many bathrooms there are in the palace.
14. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison is the Chairman and CEO of Oracle Corporation and has a net worth of $49.7 billion. He’s another billionaire college dropout, having dropped out of two universities. Sometimes, I really regret finishing my degree. Quitting smoking is clearly the first step towards billionaire status. Alison owns several homes. Much more. He says his passion for home buying isn’t just a whimsical venture. He wants to turn many of these overflowing homes into art museums. Seems logical enough. He also bought an island in Hawaii and not all of us wish we could buy private islands! I wonder if he rents out his Airbnb property. Staying in one of her luxurious homes will be an amazing experience.
15. George Soros
George Soros has a net worth of over $24 billion and he has accumulated his wealth from hedge funds. He founded Soros Fund Management LLC. They really hate Trump and are very vocal and active in their support of immigrants. He had actually fled Nazi-occupied Hungary in the 1940s, which also made him a refugee. Soros owns 3 homes. He owns an apartment in New York City, a mansion in upstate New York, and an estate in Bedford. He owns a vacation estate in the Hamptons, the perfect place to hang out with the other rich and famous.
16. Leonardo Del Vecchio
Leonardo Del Vecchio is the CEO and founder of luxury eyewear company Luxottica. He has six children and a net worth of $18.4 billion. In May 2015, when Del Vecchio turned 80, he decided to give a large amount of shares of his company to his 8,000 Italian employees. He is clearly a generous man. But he’s also not afraid to spend a little money on himself. He owns a luxury yacht with a swimming pool. He’s an impressive man with a satisfying rags-to-riches story. He was an orphan who was first introduced to the art of scene making when working as a young apprentice. It’s clear he worked hard to get to where he is now.
17. Elon Musk
Elon Musk has a net worth around $13.1 billion. In his life, he has owned several luxury cars, including the McLaren F1. But he’s not just a luxury car fanatic. This is not a small price! I’m not sure why one person would need so many homes. I hope he shares the place or at least rents it out. I can’t imagine cleaning so many rooms. Sounds like a nightmare. I would definitely prefer a modest little house if (and when, of course) I got really rich.
18. Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch has a net worth of $13.2 billion and he made his money in the media business. He is News Corporation’s CEO and Chairman. Married and has 6 children. When he was only 22 years old, he inherited a newspaper owned and established by his father. This was the beginning of his rise to billionaire status. He buys and sells homes as if he were trading cards. In 2016, he sold his grand New York mansion for over $25 million. The mansion is a beautifully decorated home whose next owner is sure to be delighted with the luxurious space, which includes a wine cellar and a relaxing rooftop terrace. And which billionaire would die without his private jet? Murdoch’s plane costs more than $80 million and the interior looks very comfortable.
19. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and has a net worth of approximately $73 billion. He’s consistently topped the Forbes 400 list. He’s not above heading to McDonald’s for breakfast, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a cool guy. He bought his house for pennies in 1958, but today if you want to live on the same street you have to pay over $2.5 million. Buffett also owns a private jet, which seems to be a prerequisite for most billionaires. It is hard to ignore the reason for this. Being able to leave anywhere anytime is definitely a bonus for being Falsely Rich. We all fantasize about it from time to time, right?
20. Donald Trump
Ah yes. President Donald Trump. His net worth is around $3.7 billion, but that number seems to fluctuate a lot. The president, who vows to “Make America Great Again,” is sitting pretty with his various real estate holdings. He has lived in many lavish homes over the years, the most famous of which is the Trump Tower penthouse in New York City. I can’t decide if this is the epitome of luxury or extreme difficulty. Either way, it’s not something any average person can afford, with a hefty $100 million price tag. It looks like a king’s living space and tells us a lot about the person who chose to live in that kind of place. I think I’m going to get tired of looking at gold trim all the time.