When you have millions or billions of dollars, there are a lot of ways to reward yourself. Here are some ways that some entrepreneurs have used their money to live, travel, and enjoy their wealth. Next
It took six years to design, and wasn’t completed until after his death. Jobs’ superyacht, Venus, was unveiled in the Netherlands in October 2012. Designed by Phillippe Starck and built by a Dutch shipbuilder, the $250 million, 250-foot vessel is made to look like a stack of Apple products. From the bottom: a Mac, an iPad, and an iPhone. Next
Zuckerberg bought a house. Big deal right? It was a measly $5.9 million and it is probably gorgeous. Although he is worth about $14 billion, he took out a 30-year mortgage on it. Why? Because it was at a rate of 1.05 percent, which the Christian Science Monitor reported is less than the inflation rate.
There have also been reports that as a gift to the new Mrs. Zuckerberg, he purchased a 17th century monastery, Lavezzole Castle, in Italy. The private castle, which sits above a beautiful countryside and is near San Damiano d’Asti, apparently includes a pool, tennis courts, a lake, and a private chapel. Next
Company: Oracle Corp.
Ellison, who is ranked by Forbes as the third richest man in America,bought 98 percent of a 141-square mile Hawaiian island (shown above) from David Murdock in June 2012 for an estimated $500 million. The island includes two resort hotels and a housing development. Next
The world’s second-richest man, Gates is worth an estimated $65 billion, Forbes estimates. It’s not just that he owns a 66,000-square-foot mansion overlooking Lake Washington on the West Coast. In 1994, he paid an estimated $31 million for a 72-page manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci at an auction. He is also the owner of a Winslow Homer painting (similar to the one above). He bought it in the 1990s and paid about $30 million for it, making it the highest price ever paid for an American painting. Next
Company: 38 Studios
Although entrepreneurship didn’t go so well for former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, his bankruptcy uncovered some of his extravagant purchases over the years.
First, he is apparently the owner of the cap that Yankee Lou Gehrig wore during the 1927 World Series. Appraiser Mike Gutierrez, the consignment director for Heritage Auctions and a regular on the public television program “Antiques Roadshow,” said the cap would sell for at least $200,000. A 1930s cap worn by Gehrig sold for $151,000 in 1999. Next
Schilling also owns a vast collection of World War II memorabilia, which includes a Luftwaffe parachute jump smock and an SS tanker jacket that are on display at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The monetary value of his collection is unclear. Next
Company: Microsoft Corp.
Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates almost 40 years ago and has since done a lot with his fortune. Forbes estimates that he is worth $15 billion. He currently owns the Seattle Seahawks football team, as well as the Portland Trailblazers basketball team. Not stopping there, Allen is a part-owner for the Seattle Sounders professional soccer club.
His 414-foot yacht, Octopus, which is complete with a deep-sea remote-operated vehicle, was used on a mission to recover a bell from the HMS Hood, that was sunk by the Nazi’s during World War II.
Shown: Allen walked on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in November 2012. Next
Company: DreamWorks studio
Of the three featured in the movie, Spielberg bought the only surviving sled from the 1941 film ‘Citizen Kane,’ Rosebud for $60,500. The other two versions used in the movie were burned in the final scene. Spielberg described Rosebud as ‘’a symbolic emblem of quality in the film business” when he bought it in 1982.
Shown: Orson Welles, left, and Joseph Cotten in the 1941 film ‘Citizen Kane.” Next
You wouldn’t be able to tell that 54-year-old Cuban, who shouts at NBA officials like any fan, actually owns the team and is worth $2.3 billion. A serial entrepreneur who is mostly focused on media industries, Cuban also holds a Guinness World Record for the Largest Single E-Commerce Transaction. He was granted the award in October 1999 when he bought a Gulfstream V business jet online for $40 million.
Shown: Cuban on the court before the start of the first quarter during an NBA basketball game with the Utah Jazz on Halloween 2012 in Salt Lake City. Next
Company: Harpo Productions Inc.
The highest-earning celebrity and only African-American billionaire, according to Forbes, Oprah lives comfortably. In 2001, she paid $50 million for a 23-acre estate, including a 23,000 square-foot home in Montecito, Calif. In July 2012, she apparently sold her 4,600 square-foot apartment in Chicago that she had bought for $5.6 million in 2006. In the ’90s, Winfrey also owned 164 acres of land in rural Indiana that included a 9,700 square-foot main home, a guest home, a pool house, a caretaker’s house, a log cabin, stables, and an orchard. It original listing in the early 2000s was for $8.5 million. Next
Company: Bain Capital
Romney, as everyone is aware, has quite a fortune. So in early 2012 Politico reported that he was going to renovate a 76-year-old, 3,000 square-foot beach house in San Diego. The twist is that the renovations included a car elevator for the garage, as well as the addition of 3,600 feet of underground living space.
Shown: Romney and his wife, Anne, after voting in Belmont. Next
Robert F.X. Sillerman
Company: SFX Broadcasting, SFX Entertainment
Sillerman is ranked among the Forbes 400 and after selling his entertainment media company to Clear Channel in 2000 for $4.4 billion, he has been doing pretty well for himself. One of his purchases include the commercial rights to the king (above), as well as Muhammad Ali and “American Idol.” The rights to Presley’s estate cost $6.5 million, in addition to about $75 million he paid for a 90-year lease on Preseley’s 13.5=acre estate, called Gracland, that he lived on from 1957 until his death in 1977.
This 1972 photo shows Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, during a performance. Next
Shown: Schmidt spoke at a Motorola phone launch event in New York in September 2012 Next
Northeastern University grad Roger Marino, who was a co-founder of EMC Corp., bought a 50 percent stake of the the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team for about $40 million in 1997. Although he was only owner for a few years, Marino also was rumored to be eyeing the Red Sox, though it never panned out.
Shown: Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal (11) celebrates his second-period goal with his teammates. Back to the beginning
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