‘Celebrity’ is synonymous with ‘wealth’. Of course, while being wealthy doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t be frugal, the celebrity lifestyle is typically also linked to decadence and extravagance. There are some celebrities who are much more restrained than we might expect, however: A prime example is Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser, who lives in a modest one bedroom apartment in Hollywood, and vows to always use public transportation.
On the other hand, the vast majority of celebrities flaunt their wealth – though some are more ostentatious than others. A prime example is the acclaimed rapper Drake, who brought $50,000 in $1 bills to a strip club in North Carolina last year. Drake literally hauled in boxes of cash and began to throw them around the club. Within minutes, the entire floor of the nightclub was littered in dollar bills. Responding to just such showy celebrity tendencies, the MTV series Cribs was entirely focused on celebrities who were eager to show off their material wealth – it wasn’t much more than a platform for celebrities to showcase their expansive homes, numerous cars and pricey gadgets.
Having a lot of money is a privilege, but a privilege that can often go to one’s head. Celebrities are certainly not immune to this, which is clear in some ridiculous celebrity purchases that have been made public through the years. Sure, if you’ve got a lot of money to spare you may as well spend it, but some celeb purchases are so overpriced that they’re verging on the absurd – like the following ten…
9. Bono’s $1,700 Plane Ticket… For His Hat
Bono, the frontman of the world-renowned Irish rock band U2, is as well known for his activism as he is for his music. Bono has worked for numerous charities, such as Project Red and the One Campaign, all of which raised money for impoverished people in Africa. Although Bono works for charity, he certainly lives a luxurious private life: The singer’s spending often comes under fire and the forgotten hat is a prime example of that. A few years ago, Bono left his favourite hat in London after he flew to Italy. Rather than face the trip hatless, Bono flew his hat over to Italy in its own first class seat for the price of $1700. This is, of course, only a drop in the ocean to someone who is worth a mind boggling $600 million.
8. Victoria Beckham’s $10,000 Baby Monitor
Victoria Beckham and her footballer husband David Beckham are one of the world’s biggest celebrity power couples. David Beckham has found worldwide success thanks to his football skills, while Victoria first found fame in the pop band the Spice girls. Since then, Victoria has become a highly acclaimed fashion designer, with her collections selling in high-end stores worldwide. Understandably, the Beckhams have developed an expensive taste over the years, which is painfully evident in the fact that Victoria splashed out $10k for a personalised baby monitor for her daughter Harper. The baby monitor was customised, decorated in butterflies painted by artist Damien Hirst. The Beckham’s are apparently huge fans of Hurst’s art. But still… a baby monitor?
7. Daniel Radcliffe’s $17,000 Mattress
Daniel Radcliffe found fame by landing one of the most lucrative film roles of all time – that of Harry Potter in the Harry Potter films, which amounted to eight feature length films that broke box office records worldwide. Radcliffe was a millionaire long before he turned 18, and he certainly doesn’t hide this fact: Recently, Radcliffe decided to spend a whopping $17,000 on a mattress. It wasn’t just any mattress, of course – it was a custom-made Savoir mattress, an extremely high-end brand. These luxury mattresses are made using materials such as fine horse hair, and are customised to fit the buyer’s specifications. Savoir once made mattresses for none other than Marilyn Monroe!
6. Gaga’s $50,000 Ghost Detector
Lady Gaga is known for her wacky outfits and her often eccentric attitude. It might come as little surprise to, then, that Gaga drags around a ghost detector worth $50,000 with her everywhere she goes. This ghost detector measures electromagnetic fields, which is meant to give an indication of whether a ghost is present or not. According to various sources, Gaga is reportedly terrified of the supernatural. She often pays ghost hunters and paranormal investigators to examine hotel rooms while she is travelling. Gaga will not stay somewhere unless it has been cleared by these experts.
5. Beyoncé’s $100,000 Leggings
Beyoncé Knowles, or ‘Queen B’, is one of the biggest stars of the 21st century. Her incredible vocal talents combined with her electric on-stage presence and great business acumen have made her one of the richest and most powerful women of her generation. Knowles and husband Jay-Z have a combined net worth of over a billion dollars, so Beyoncé can afford to spend the equivalent of a yearly salary for 1-2 people on a single pair of leggings. Beyoncé spent a staggering $100,000 on a pair of gold Balenciaga leggings made of cashmere and real metal, which she wore during a performance. Although the leggings were stunning, $100,000 is undeniably a mind boggling amount of money to spend on a clothing item that usually costs a couple of dollars.
4. Mike Tyson’s $140,000 Tigers
Mike Tyson isn’t known for being a shrinking violet. The boxing star regularly makes headlines due to his difficult personal life (Tyson has battled both alcohol and drug dependency) as well as his extraordinarily extravagant purchases. A prime example is Tyson’s purchase of three Bengal tigers. Tyson bought three endangered wild cats and kept them on his personal property and even took them for walks – using huge chains as a sort of tiger lead. Tyson was often seen playing with them – they interacted very well with the boxer as Tyson purchased them when they were young cubs.
3. Paris Hilton’s $325,000 Dog House
Paris Hilton, the Hilton heiress, is known for her luxurious lifestyle. Paris rose to fame in her early twenties with her then-best friend Nicole Richie, starring in a highly successful reality TV show named The Simple Life. Hilton was the trailblazer for a generation of socialite celebrities who would be labelled “famous for being famous”. Paris now spends her time jetting around the world, DJing at elite clubs and attending exclusive parties.
Paris lives a charmed life, but so do her numerous canine companions. Paris Hilton’s dogs live a life of luxury, the likes of which many humans will never have the opportunity to experience! Along with having their own Instagram accounts, Hilton’s dogs have their own mini-mansion in the grounds of their owner’s posh pad. The two story mini-mansion has heating, air conditioning, designer furniture, a balcony, a crystal chandelier and a wardrobe for all of their outfits. This insane doghouse set Paris back $325,000.
2. Rihanna’s $1 Million Hair
Rihanna hit the music scene aged just sixteen, and since then, the Barbadian singer has climbed higher and higher into the charts. Now, Rihanna is one of the most successful female pop stars on the planet. RiRi is known for her party-hard lifestyle and her outrageous spending habits; she invests huge amounts of money in her appearance, including a staggering $1 million per year on her hair alone! Rihanna’s locks change quite often, but even so, it may be difficult to accept that her hair’s maintenance cost runs into seven figures. Rihanna has her own personal hairdresser on call 24/7.
1. Kim Basinger’s $20 Million Town
Kim Basinger was once one of the world’s best loved sex symbols. She starred in many major productions, such as LA Confidential and 8 Mile. Basinger was also a Bond girl, and is considered one of the most well known Bond Girls of all time. Basinger has slipped in and out of debt during her years in the limelight, and even filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s. This is due to a number of poor career decisions along with her incredibly erratic spending habits, including the purchase of an entire town.
Yep, that’s right, Basinger bought the small town of Braselton for a staggering $20 million. However, she was forced to sell it after she was sued by a production company for abandoning a film contract.