We all want to know what goes behind the lives of the richest people in the world. What made them rich? What makes them different? Or what do they do during their free time? Sometimes their unique eccentricities helped them become the person they are now. After all, who doesn’t have some quirkiness in them? They’re super rich and embraced their weirdness. Let’s take a look and learn from these billionaires and how they’ve embraced their quirkiness. Maybe if we do the same we’ll become billionaires like them?
The socialite became a billionaire for marrying Alec Wildenstein, he came from a wealthy family of renowned art dealers. But after finding out her husband cheated with a 19-year-old Russian model in their bedroom she immediately filed for divorce. She then received a settlement for billions of dollars. Her cosmetic surgery may look like a botched one but she intended to have a cat-like appearance according to her husband who loved big cats. Jocelyn is reported to be “ecstatic with her work. She feels beautiful. She looks in the mirror and she loves what she sees. She got exactly what she wanted.”
His name may not sound familiar but this genius businessman made his fortune by developing shatter-proof plastic eyeglass lenses. After creating a fortune, he founded the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank for geniuses, in the hope of implementing a eugenics program. Initially, his goal was to get sperm only from Nobel laureates, but the scarcity of donors and the low viability of their sperm (Nobel laureates are elderly) forced him to develop a looser set of criteria. He probably thinks the world needs more geniuses.
The wealthy antique dealer shocked Britain when he revealed his ambition to exchange his 12-bedroom house in the West Country for a mud hut in the indigent African nation. He shared to have been seduced by their way of life after being treated to their hospitality during a holiday last October and plans to return there permanently as a “white Masai”. He has been the only white man to have ever been initiated into the tribe, and is called “Brave One”.
The real estate tycoon is known for her flamboyant personality and is notoriously out of touch with the non-wealthy. Her tyrannical behavior earned her the nickname Queen of Mean. But she eventually went to jail because she was convicted of federal income tax evasion. a former housekeeper testified that she had heard Helmsley say: “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes”. When she passed away in 2007, she left $12 million to her Maltese, named Trouble. So now we know there is also a millionaire dog.
The Swedish business mogul is the founder of IKEA, a Swedish retail company specializing in furniture. IKEA was founded in 1943 at his uncle’s kitchen table. The acronym IKEA is made up of the initials of his name (Ingvar Kamprad) plus Elmtaryd, the family farm where he was born, and the nearby village Agunnaryd. Despite his massive fortune, Ingvar saves money by using public transportation, flying economy, driving a 1993 Volvo and recycling tea bags.
10. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart is the world’s most titled aristocrat and Spain’s richest noble, the 18th Duchess of Alba. And according to Guinness World Records, she was the most titled aristocrat in the world. She is recognizable for her botched plastic surgery and frizzy white hair. At 85-years-old, she married Alfonso Díez Carabantes, 61-years-old. And To prove that she was marrying for love and not money, she renounced her wealth and gave her grandchildren their inheritances early.
The Georgian businessman and politician became Prime Minister of Georgia from 2012 to 2013. He formed a partnership with a Russian businessman where they sold computers, and later importing what was then a novelty in Russia, push-button telephones. But the source of his great wealth is metals and banking. Ivanishvili lives in a house in the hills of Tbilisi which was specially designed for him worth an estimated $50 million. It’s a glass house and has a zoo of his own.
The French industrialist, corporate raider, and businessman is the chairman and CEO of the investment group Bolloré. The company is a paper–energy–plantations–logistics tie in that employs 28,000 people around the world. Aside from having a net worth of $7 billion, he also owns more than 1,000 comic books.
The Indian-American businessman and philanthropist is the founder and CEO of Innovations Ventures LLC (dba Living Essentials LLC), the company known for producing the 5-hour Energy drink. The retail sales grew to an estimated $1 billion but was sued for “deceptive marketing practices” and 13 deaths linked to the product.
6. Alki David
The Greek billionaire heir has holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property, and shipping. In 2008 he was the majority shareholder of the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants in 28 countries. His other companies include the Internet-based TV provider FilmOn, home-shopping website 9021go.com, streaming-video site BattleCam.com, and the modeling agency Independent Models. He once offered a $1 million reward for anyone who would streak nude in front of President Obama. He’s also posted naked photos of himself and his wife to Instagram. Another classy act, he farted into the microphone while being interviewed at a red carpet event.
Yes, you read that right. God is a Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist. President Putin awarded him with the Order of Friendship “for his great contribution to economic project implementation and investment fundraising for Russian Federation economy” in 2014. According to Forbes, his net worth is $4.3 billion. Aside from being a business tycoon, he is also is an amateur diver and horse-breeder. He can speak six foreign languages, including Arabic, Turkish and Persian.
The French industrialist, corporate raider, and businessman is the chairman and CEO of the investment group Bolloré. The company is a paper–energy–plantations–logistics tie in that employs 33,000 people around the world. He started his career as an investment bank trainee but his personal investment career began when he took over at his family-controlled conglomerate Bolloré, which deals in maritime freight and African trade, and paper manufacturing including cigarette and bible paper. Aside from his net worth of $7 billion, he also owns more than 1,000 comic books.
He is a member of the ruling royal family of the United Arab Emirates and is based in Abu Dhabi. He is also known as The Rainbow Sheikh because of his passion for the colors of the rainbow. He is said to be worth over $20 billion. And because money is no object, he had his name “HAMAD” carved into Futaisi Island, an island that has a total area of 50 square kilometers, which is larger than Abu Dhabi central city which he inherited from his father. The letters are even large enough to be seen from the moon.
This man’s family owns half of New York. He was born into unimaginable wealth as part of the real estate tycoon Durst family. He has been involved in three murders in a span of four decades, including the disappearance of his wife in 1982, her body was never found. Mysteriously he was acquitted for the murder of his elderly neighbor who he cut up into pieces and threw in the river, and is currently being investigated for the murder of his close friend, Susan Berman, who revealed his wife’s murder. It seems money wasn’t enough for him.
1. Nicolas Berggruen
Dubbed as the “Homeless Billionaire”, Nicolas Berggruen is the son of the late Heinz Berggruen, a prominent art dealer, and collector. But despite his great wealth, he is known to live out of hotels and claims to carry just one bag of clothes around with him at once. The investor and philanthropist, has two children, Olympia and Alexander, who were born from one egg donor and two surrogates.
How weird can these billionaires be? They had too much money that they either got bored of it or they decided to do something out of this world. While others committed some heinous crimes. This only shows that billionaires are also humans but it’s all in a day’s work. They’re on top of the world and continue to multiply their wealth.