Surprising Modest Car Choices Of The World’s Richest Men

Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma and Elon Musk are some of the richest men in the world today. You will be amazed on the choice of cars they use. In an instant many people would expect their choice of cars to be ultra luxury but according to The Business Insider-a popular American business magazine, their cars are as regular as any other person’s. Honda’s and Toyota’s are couple of brands they use. We’ll take a look at the cars these billionaires drive and see how modest their taste for cars are.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, is currently the richest person in the world and the richest man in history yet he doesn’t seem to be too fussed about splashing out on expensive cars. According to the book “The Everything Store,” Bezos was still driving a Honda Accord as recently as 2013. That said, Bezos does own a $65 million Gulfstream G650ER private jet.

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg is worth more than $75 billion which makes him the fifth richest person in the world. Despite this, Zuckerberg has far from extravagant tastes when it comes to cars, clothes, and travel. He’s been seen in a black Acura TSX , a Volkswagen hatchback, and a Honda Fit, all of which are valued at or under $30,000.

As CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk’s choice of wheels won’t be a huge surprise. In a recent tweet, Musk revealed that he does have favorites and mostly drives the Tesla Model S Performance, which costs around $90,000 and was recently awarded the best car among a selection of “cars of the year.” He also said he occasionally drives Tesla’s Model 3 Performance and Model X when he’s with his kids.

In addition to driving Teslas, Musk also drives and owns a Ford Model T and a Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster. But perhaps his most impressive car is the 1976 Lotus Esprit submarine car, which was used in the 1977 James Bond movie film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” which he bought at auction in London for $997,000.

Gates is reportedly an avid luxury-car collector. He told Ellen DeGeneres in a recent interview that his biggest splurge after founding Microsoft was buying a Porsche 911 supercar, which he later sold. In 2012, one of its new owners sold it at auction for $80,000. Experts say one of the best cars in his collection today is his Porsche 959 sports car.

Michael Dell is known for having a lavish real estate portfolio, with properties in Austin, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. He also has his fair share of luxury cars. These have included, a 2004 Porsche Boxter, a Porsche Carrera GT, and a Hummer H2.

Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle and is known for his extravagant spending habits. He collects real estate, cars, airplanes, and yachts. When it comes to cars, this has included an Audi R8, McLaren F1, Lexus LFA, and the Lexus LS 600h L, according to the LA Times. He’s also known for giving his friends expensive gifts including an Acura NSX, which costs more than $100,000.

Jack is the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, China’s biggest e-commerce company, and one of the richest people in the world. But you wouldn’t be able to tell it from his choice of car. Ma reportedly drives a Roewe RX5 SUV, which costs from $15,000.

As the former CEO of Uber, Kalanick should be spending his money on anything but cars. But Kalanick admitted in 2016 that he does own a 1999 BMW M3 convertible but said that the alternator is broken and his driver’s license is expired.

The founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin are currently the 10th and 11th richest people in the world, which means that personal jets and yachts aren’t much of a stretch for them. However, the Google duo are more conservative when it comes to their car choices and have both owned Toyota Prius’.

Self-made billionaire businessman Richard Branson is the man behind Virgin Group and is worth an estimated $4 billion. While Branson spends some of his time jetting around on his private plane, he also drives a Range Rover, which is gifted to him each year by the brand. In a recent interview, Branson said that his first car was a 1968 Morris Minor.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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