The Most Interesting Millionaires And Billionaires
Admittedly, the desire to have more money is what drives a lot of people to go to work and spend most of their time at their jobs, and it makes sense – money is used to get everything you want and need, from food and medicine to entertainment. However, having so much money that it feels inexhaustible can cause strange behavior and these are some of the most eccentric billionaires around the world.
Let’s face it – if you find yourself on the list of billionaires of the world, you can afford to turn your every dream into a reality. No matter how weird that dream just might be. And these people definitely do not care too much for common sense when it comes to spending their money. And, why should they? They can never really spend all of it.
Jeff Bezos is one of the reasons e-commerce is as big of a thing as it is nowadays. After all, he is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. And, as expected, he has a lot of money. His net worth is estimated to be 27.6 billion dollars. So, when you have that much, what is there to stop you from giving 42 million dollars to help design a clock. True, “Clock for the Long Now” that is being built by the Long Now Foundation is hopefully going to keep exact time for the next 10,000 years, but does anybody really need it? You could do a lot with 42 million dollars. And that is not his only eccentricity. Jeff Bezos is also obsessed with space travel. Enough for him to create a company that is trying to develop new ways to send people to space.
Salvatore “Sam” Cerreto
A billionaire Sam Cerreto is just about rich enough to be deemed as eccentric rather than straight up insane. This 71-year-old property tycoon was visiting neighboring restaurants in Sidney and defecating in at their front. However, this millionaire was very sneaky with this behavior. Namely, he has been doing so for 4 years before he was caught when he once decided to leave his “calling card” in front of a restaurant with CCTV. Truly inexplicable act for someone who lives in a mansion.
Mark Zuckerberg is probably the most famous entry on this list. And with good reason, he is one of the co-founders of Facebook and its CEO. Interestingly, he is well-known for not letting his massive fortune (Forbes estimated his net worth to be 71.1 billion dollars) change his habits. He is rather reserved and doesn’t flash his money around. Casual dressing and a general attitude that doesn’t show that he believes he is better than others because of his money made so many people like him.
So, if he is that “normal” why would he be on the list that is reserved for eccentric billionaires? Well, it is all thanks to a short status he posted on Facebook roughly 6 years ago saying that he had just killed a pig and a goat. It turned out that Mark considers himself to be almost a vegetarian as he swore that he would not eat any meat unless he personally killed the animal he is eating with his own two hands.
Leona Helmsley was one of the best real estate entrepreneurs around. But she was not a very nice person. In fact, she was infamously nicknamed the “Queen of Mean”. Her financial know-how got her personal wealth up to a very comfortable amount of 8 billion dollars. However, she was not a model citizen. In one of her famous quotes, she distinctively separated the rich from the “little people” saying only the “little people” should pay their taxes. This lead to her being convicted of income tax evasion. For this crime, she had served over a year and a half in jail.
However, simply being a rich criminal is not enough to list someone as being eccentric, so, what did Leona Helmsley do with her money to find herself on this list? She decided to leave 12 million dollars after her death to her dog. A small Maltese “only” received 2 million dollars though, which was definitely enough to support him until his death at the age of 12.
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