We have seen countless articles about rap stars throwing money left and right, stars spending millions on yachts, outrageous clothing items and luxurious houses, but this isn’t the standard for every wealthy person and most of the time they just do it for the publicity. Those who see these items as nothing but material possessions prefer to spend their money on more meaningful things and in the end a car isn’t necessarily ten times better if you paid ten times more on it.
While some celebrities have an endless garage of sports cars they can choose from, others prefer to consider the automobile as a simple means of transportation and thus buy a single one.
You won’t see any Porsche, Lamborghini or gold-rapped Bugatti on this list, but if you spend $750,000 on a Lamborghini Aventador and then the service driver crashes it into the closing electric gates – is it really worth the price? People like Lil Wayne, Flo Rida or Birdman spent over $2 million dollars on their Bugatti Veyron; they’ve been in the headlines for having some of the most expensive cars in the world, but the 12 celebrities we talk about here didn’t even spend $50,000 on their ride.
12. Natalie Portman – Toyota Prius
The Israeli-born actress started her career at the age of 13 in the thriller Leon: The Professional, but it was her role as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequels that skyrocketed her to super stardom. When filming for Black Swan, Portman started dating her choreographer Benjamin Millepied. They’re currently married and have a son together. She prefers to drive a Toyota Prius instead of a fancy car since she is very involved in social and political causes like animal rights. She is also an ambassador for the Free the Children international charity and a spokesperson for the Power of a Girl campaign.
11. Katy Perry – Volkswagen Passat
The American singer, songwriter and actress started singing in church and her rise to fame was kick-started by the release of her debut single “I Kissed a Girl.” She is in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the best start on the US Digital chart by a female artist; the first female with five number one US singles from one album and the most Twitter followers as well as many other awards. During the release of the 2010 Volkswagen model, Perry was invited. In fact, she owns a Volkswagen Passat. She went on the record to say she never wants to change it for a more expensive car.
10. Kate Moss – MG Midget
The supermodel from England has modeled for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Rimmel, receiving many fashion awards. In 2007, she was considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. In 2012, she was second in the Forbes top-earning models list with an income of $9.2 million for a single year, yet she drives a MG Midget MK III. The car looks very beautiful, but is renowned for its unreliability and safety hazards. It was originally priced at around $2,200 and you could get one today for about $12,000, making it one of the cheapest cars on this list. The car was produced between 1966 and 1974 after which it was replaced by the MG Midget 1500 model, considered safer.
9. John Goodman – Ford F-150
John Goodman became famous when he played Dan Conner in the hit TV series Roseanne and then the Coen brothers gave him a lot of parts in their films. Vanity Fair named him “among our very finest actors.” He won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and two American Comedy Awards, yet he maintains your average Joe persona. His car, a 1997 Ford F-150, is a testament to his personality. The car is worth around $26,000 and is the perfect choice for his friendly attitude that made him so lovable in films like The Big Lebowski.
8. Cameron Diaz – Toyota Prius
Cameron Diaz has made romantic comedies her specialty and was the highest paid actress in Hollywood over the age of 40 in 2013. Diaz received praised for role in films like The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary and Charlie’s Angels. She was nominated four times for a Golden Globe award. She lives in Los Angeles, California and spends her free time meditating or partaking in environmental activism. Her car of choice is a Toyota Prius, which is quite a popular option for the stars that love about the environment.
7. Jeremy Piven – Ford Bronco
Jeremy Piven is known for his role as Ari Gold in the Entourage series, which got him a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy Awards. He was born in Manhattan in a Jewish family of actors and drama teachers, so he had someone to teach him the tricks of the trade. His first important role came in 1992 in The Larry Sanders Show. Since then, he’s appeared in a lot of films like The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, The Kingdom, Rock N Rolla and Serendipity. He currently lives in Malibu, California where he uses a 1977 Ford Bronco as his means of transportation, a car he truly adores since you see him everywhere with it.
6. Kristen Stewart – Ford Ranger
The beautiful actress is known for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga and is currently the face of Chanel and Balenciaga, making her one of the highest-earning female actresses at the moment. She was awarded for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria with a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress and will appear in a future Woody Allen film. Yet, instead of buying expensive automobiles, she prefers a beat up blue Ford Ranger pickup, showing that in real life she is actually quite casual. In the Twilight film, she also drove a truck, so maybe the part was better suited for her than we thought.
5. David Spade – Grand National Buick
The stand-up comedian, actor and TV personality became famous as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and then starred in many comedies like Tommy Boy, Grown Ups and Joe Dirt. His comedic style usually involves sarcasm and self-deprecation, so we shouldn’t be surprised that his car of choice isn’t a Ferrari, but one of the most impressive Buicks ever made. The 1987 turbocharged Grand National Buick stands out with the 3.8 liter V-6 engine that provides 245 HP, but the scary-looking automobile isn’t exactly the car we would expect from a comedian. The price for this car wasn’t very high, but it is now considered one of the best automobiles produced in the 80s and is sought by collectors all over the world.Looks like David Spade is certainly a connoisseur when it comes to cars.
4. Larry David – Toyota Prius
The comedic genius behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm won several Primetime Emmy Awards throughout his career and is considered one of the greatest comedy stars ever. If you have ever seen him in Curb Your Enthusiasm, you probably know Larry David drives a Toyota Prius. According to David, the Prius drivers are in a special club so they always wave to one another.
He donated his old Prius before buying a new car, which was of course another hybrid Prius. He is probably one of the first celebrities that started the Prius trend in Hollywood and today they are seen as much as Bentleys among the stars, trying to promote more responsibility toward the environment.
3. Zac Efron – Oldsmobile
Zac Efron became a teen idol after starring in High School Musical. In May 2015 his net worth was an estimated $18 million, yet his car of choice wasn’t a Lexus or a Bentley, but rather a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero.
After receiving many comments about his car choice, he finally decided to rethink his option and settled for an Audi 8 which is somewhat more fitting for his star status. But still, it’s not even close to the level of a Ferrari or Porsche.
2. Mark Zuckerberg – Acura TSX
The owner of Facebook and one of the youngest billionaires in the world is proving he can use his wealth for better things than opulence and luxury. He drives a black Acura TSX which is worth around $30,000; it doesn’t have any fancy features like leather interior, climate control, a high quality sound system or satellite radio.
His net worth is currently estimated at $42.7 billion, making him the seventh richest person in the world. Zuckerberg is known for his laid back attitude and his casual clothes, preferring to wear a shirt, jeans and sandals instead of a fancy suit even when he is having important meetings. He and his wife Priscilla announced that they are expecting a baby girl.
1. Warren Buffett – Lincoln Town Car
With a net worth of $62.7 billion, Warren Buffett is currently the second richest man in the world and he is considered one of the smartest investors as well as the most successful one. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and its largest shareholder.
He is known for his frugality and his way of mixing business with humor. When it comes to lifestyle, Warren uses his wealth for philanthropy and he pledged to give away 99 per cent of his fortune to charitable causes. His automobile of choice is a Lincoln Town Car from the 1990s.