15 Weird Billionaires You Have to See to Believe

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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?

15. Jocelyn WildensteinJocelyn-Wildenstein

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.”

14. Robert Klark GrahamRobert Klark Graham

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.

13. Graham PendrillGraham Pendrill

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”.

12. Leona HelmsleyLeona Helmsley

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.

11. Ingvar KampradIngvar Kamprad

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.