This may come as a shock to you, but having oodles and oodles of money does leave you open for a lot of life’s eccentricities. While money may be the root of all evil, it is also the root of a lot of craziness in the world. With regard to some of the richest people in the world, it seems that they usually have more money than brains.
When you’ve got enough money stashed so that none of your descendants have to work for decades and decades to come, it only makes sense to splash the cash on some crazy items.
20. Jocelyn Wildenstein
Jocelyn Wildenstein caught her husband having an affair with a 19-year-old model, so she walked away with half of his fortune. She is a wealthy socialite who altered her appearance to the point where she is now referred to as the “Catwoman.”
Jocelyn spent $600,000 in one year alone and that was just for her wine, food bill and phone bill. Not only that, but she is rumored to have spent four million on her plastic surgeries which have made her look like a cat. It got so bad that she’s been banned by the courts from altering her face anymore than she already has.
19. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg’s fame and fortune comes because of his invention of Facebook. While that’s all well and good, Mark’s quirkiness comes from his deep rooted animal instinct to kill his own food. While hunting is a normal hobby for some, but he seems to a vegetarian with the exception of eating meat that he killed with his two bare hands.
18. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart was the 18th Duchess of Alba and held many other titles. When her good looks began to fade, she resorted to plastic surgery. Before her death in 2014, she was worth five billion dollars and gave it all up because of her life for husband Alfonso Diez Carabantes. When she married Alfonso, her heirs and the king of Spain all had their knickers in a twist. So, in order to combat their objections, she renounced her wealth and liquidated everything. Love really does win in the end, doesn’t it?
17. Robert Klark Graham
Robert Klark Graham became a billionaire, but it was what came afterward that made it all sound too crazy for words. Graham decided that the world was in desperate need of a sperm bank. Not just any sperm bank, though. Graham opened his own sperm bank that only used donations from those who had won a Nobel Prize. Weird, right? He passed away in 2008, but before closing the doors to the place, he lowered his expectations. Instead of requiring donors to be Nobel Prize winners, he began accepting men with extremely high IQs.
16. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, but what makes him strangely unique is that he has buried millions of dollars worth of clocks. In the Sierra Diablo Mountains, he has buried a bunch of long lasting clocks that he hopes will survive a nuclear winter. He buried them hoping with if we don’t last as a human race, at least the technology will.
15. Ingvar Kamprad
Ingvar Kamprad invented Ikea furniture which has made him a ton of money. However, he doesn’t like to spend any of it and is considered a tightwad of the worst kind. Seriously, the man steals packets of condiments wherever he goes and still drives his 1993 Volvo. So, while you’re busy fighting with your significant other about how to assemble that desk, Ingvar is probably haggling over the cost of a shovel.
14. Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel’s money comes from founding PayPal, which most see as the best way to send money online quickly and easily. However, despite his immense wealth, he spends his time focusing on living underwater and living forever. Sounds like an evil plan to us! He wants to conquer the water world and death? Is he a comic book villain?
13. Bob Parsons
Bob Parsons made his fortune as the head of GoDaddy, but it’s his personal tastes that make him bizarre. On a previous trip to Africa, Parsons hunted and killed a wild elephant. At the time, he claimed that the elephant was destroying crops, but that seemingly had no basis in reality.
12. Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi was the Prime Minister of Italy on four separate occasions, but it was his personal life that caught the attention of the international media. Apparently, Berlusconi paid an underage prostitute for her services which landed him in a lot of hot water. He was given a sentence of seven years and banned from public office for life. He appealed the sentence a year later and his conviction was thrown out.
11. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is richer than rich, but it’s what he does with his money that has people scratching their heads. He bought himself a Boeing 747 jet and he had it equipped with gold sinks. He also bought his son a Mercedes Benz but covered the whole thing in diamonds like a shiny, bedazzled cell phone case. Insane!
10. Jeff Greene
Jeff Greene made his dough as a real estate entrepreneur and ran as a Democratic candidate in an election in 2010. He denied any political donations over a hundred bucks during his time running for office. What’s strange about this guy is that when he married a Chinese refugee named Mei, he asked Mike Tyson to be his best man….despite not even knowing the guy.
9. Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer has enough money to watch a movie like “Jurassic Park” and think that it was a good idea to recreate robotic dinosaurs. Now, he has his sights set on redoing the Titanic, because – why not?
8. Lina Maria Aguiar
Lina Aguiar was abandoned in front of a bank owned by Amador Aguiar in 1938. She and her adopted sisters hit the jackpot when they were all adopted, but after their father’s death, they’ve been fighting it out ever since. Now, they’re all going head to head with his father’s new bride, who he married just months before his death.
7. Bidzina Ivanishvili
Bidzina became a billionaire through the banking and metal industries, but his weirdness goes far beyond that. He has a glass house that contains an indoor zoo where his penguins are kept. He sounds like a typical movie villain to us!
6. David Rockefeller
David Rockefeller is wealthy, but his hobbies are definitely strange. He is a staunch collector of various insects and spends millions on the hobby. In addition to that, he also likes to collect various works of art in order to preserve history.
5. Leona Helmsley
Leona Helmsley was so rude to people that she earned the moniker “the queen of mean.” She was not well liked by anyone, so she left her fortune to her dog, Trouble. When she died, she left two of her four grandchildren out of her will and Trouble got $12 million. Not only that, but Leona also appointed a caretaker for the animal to see that its needs were met after her death.
4. Richard Branson
Richard Branson heads up the Virgin Group which consists of over 400 companies worldwide. Since, Richard got the bright idea of taking on commercial space tourism. He has already sunk three billion into Virgin Galactic and is set to be on board the first commercial flight into space.
3. Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes had an accident when he crashed his plane, but went into seclusion directly afterward. He holed up in his theater, urinated into bottles and survived on chicken and candy bars. Unfortunately, the accident was caused by his nosiness into his neighbors’ yards, but he spent a long time forgoing a shower because of his need to be a hermit. Yuck!
2. Robert Durst
Robert Durst watched his mother jump to her death and has been long suspected of being involved in the murders of three people in three different states. His first wife Kathleen disappeared and her body was never found. He was also convicted and acquitted of the murder of his neighbor Morris Black and was arrested in 2015 for the murder of his long time friend Susan Berman. He will be awaiting trial while being held in prison until August 2016. I guess all that money isn’t going to help him now…
1. God Nisanov
We wish we were joking with this guy, God’s billionaire status. He is worth billions of dollars, but his true love lies in creating shopping complexes near metro stations. Seriously. He takes great joy in stepping off of a train and seeing one of his shops nearby. So weird. He isn’t making a whole lot of money from his ventures, but he certainly loves the satisfaction he gets from it all.