For the majority of us ‘regular folk’ when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones or purchasing something for ourselves, we typically tend to stay within our budgets. Sure, there may be the occasional splurge, but most of us are disciplined enough to spend within our means. Not so for your favourite, mega-rich celebs. These high-rollers are in the business of spending mucho dollars – and making sure the rest of us jealously hear all about it.
We’ve compiled some of the most ridiculously expensive purchases made by Hollywood’s most prolific big spenders over the last few years.
10. Beyonce Buys Blue Ivy Barbie Doll For $85 Thousand
Talk about being born with a silver spoon! When Beyonce‘s baby girl Blue Ivy turned one in 2013, her mama spared no expense in lavishing her with the ultimate doll perfect for every budding fashionista – Barbie!
But unlike most parents shopping for their infants, Toys “R” Us was not Mrs. Carter’s shopping destination. According to The Sun, the diamond encrusted Barbie was custom made and featured 160 gems and jewels in white gold. Too bad Blue Ivy won’t be able to play with her doll until she’s 18.
9. Tom Cruise Buys Sonogram Machine For An Estimated $200 Thousand
If you ever thought those rumours of Tom Cruise being a control freak were true, then here’s the ultimate proof. In a 2005 interview with Barbara Walters, Cruise made headlines when he revealed he had purchased a sonogram machine so he could monitor his fiancé (and now ex-wife) Katie Holmes during her pregnancy. Health experts slammed the actor saying he was putting his unborn child at risk. “If it is not medically necessary, the use of ultrasound raises unnecessary physical risk to the fetus,” said Dr. Carol M. Rumack, of the ACR Ultrasound Commission.
8. Katy Perry Buys Russell Brand Space Trip For $200 Thousand
It seems pop princess Katy Perry may have had some psychic sense that her marriage to comedian Russell Brand would be short lived. Before the two ex-lovebirds said “I do” Katy bought Russell a trip to outer space for his 35th birthday on billionaire Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic Space Venture. According to E! News, the hefty $200 thousand price tag will see participants traveling three times faster than the speed of sound. Once they reach their destination – more than 365,000 feet into the earth’s atmosphere, they can unfasten their seatbelt and weightlessly float around.
7. Angelina Jolie Buys Brad Pitt A Waterfall For An Undisclosed Amount
Of course Hollywood’s best looking couple once again does something to prove they’re better than the rest of us. To celebrate baby-daddy Brad Pitt’s 48th birthday in 2013, Angelina Jolie went and bought the architect-junky a waterfall in California and its surrounding land.
But before you think Angelina Jolie has lost a screw, this gift is a rather thoughtful one. Pitt fell in love with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pennsylvania home “Fallingwater” after the couple paid a visit to the historic landmark in 2006 and has since yearned to recreate it.
6. Lady Gaga Buys Michael Jackson’s Clothes For ‘Hundreds of Thousands’
We all know that pop star Lady Gaga loves to play dress up. And she proved just that back in 2012 when she purchased more than 50 items that once belonged to Michael Jackson including the singer’s ‘Bad’ tour jacket for $240 thousand and a pair of his crystal-encrusted gloves for more than $100 thousand. “The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide,” Gaga later tweeted to her legions of Little Monsters.
5. Miley Cyrus Buys Doggy Car For $400 Thousand
‘And they call it puppy love!’ Former Disney princess Miley Cyrus showed mad love for her five pooches back in 2013, when she purchased a six-figure Range Rover Sport for them to cruise around in. A source revealed to The Daily Star: “They’re free to jump around, leave their hairs over it, scratch it, and have their blankets in there. Miley even joked that if she dies the Range Rover will go to them.” Let’s hope her beloved canines – Mary Jane, Penny Lane, Happy, Bean and Floyd appreciate the over-the-top gesture and keep the drooling to a minimum.
4. Brad Pitt Buys Tank For An Undisclosed Amount
It’s common knowledge that when a movie wraps, the film’s stars have the privilege of taking home a souvenir or two from the set – usually something with some sort of sentimental value. But when Brad Pitt finished filming the science fiction thriller World War Z in 2012, he decided to nab something with a bit more…heft. Wonder how baby mama Angelina Jolie reacted when the Soviet era T-54 tank arrived at their California home? But it looks like Pitt has put the tank to good use – He’ll play a Sherman tank commander in the World War II drama, Fury set to hit the big screen in November.
3. Kanye West Buys 10 Burger King Franchises For An Estimated $7.5 Million
What a hopeless romantic! Just days before tying the knot, Kanye West gifted bride-to-be, Kim Kardashian with the ultimate wedding present perfect for any food enthusiast. The rapper extraordinaire reportedly bought the buxom reality star not one but ten Burger King franchises across Europe including France, the UK and Italy. A source told the Daily Star, “He knows the fast food industry is reliable and lucrative, plus BK is international so he thinks it’s the perfect fit for Kim.” The source goes on to say that as a restaurant owner, Kardashian will be seen as not just a reality star but an “international businesswoman.” No stranger to the fast food game, West was the former owner of four Fat Burger locations in his native Chicago.
2. James Cameron Buys Walnut Farm For $20 Million
What does a man worth a whopping $700 million do to treat himself? Well if you’re Canadian filmmaker James Cameron, you buy yourself a walnut farm of course! In 2013, the famed director of such notable films such as Titanic and Avatar purchased a working walnut farm in New Zealand not far from a farm the father of four currently owned. In total, the environmental advocate owns more than 2500 acres in New Zealand with an estimated value of more than $20 million.
1. Jay-Z Buys Racehorse For $55 Million
Forget the $5 Million diamond encrusted Hublot watch mega mogul Jay-Z received from wifey Beyonce for his 43rd birthday or the the $40 million jet Queen B bequeathed him on Father’s Day back in 2012, Mr. Shawn Carter went and bought himself a horse! But this isn’t any old pony, California Chrome is a racehorse like no other. The thoroughbred is the recipient of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and cost the rapper a reported $55 million. “I hated to sell the animal, but it is hard to say no to a double nickel in millions. And it is the best thing for horse racing. Our racing community has been pushing to get a rapper involved in ownership for a long time. I could not turn down the chance to give our sport an ethnic boost,” said Chrome’s former owner, Steve Coburn in an interview with Empire Sports.