Imagining having millions (or even billions) of dollars and how we would spend it is almost always fun. After you have paid off all of your bills, maybe you would invest some money, but eventually you would have more money than you would know what to do with. What would you do with all of that money? Would you purchase a train of your own, and hire your own personal conductor? Or perhaps you would even take lessons and learn how to drive that train, yourself. You could buy a house on every continent, a limousine, or have all of the most fashionable clothes around. A lot of these are the obvious choices, as everyone has their own style and specific taste.
Many people would have their furniture custom-made, or have rare artwork hanging in their living rooms. Would you extend your education? Or would you buy a yacht and travel the high seas? I conducted a poll and asked the question regarding how people would spend their money, and these fifteen items on this list are the most common that arose. It appears that money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy you a lot of stuff to make you forget about being sad for a while.
15. The World’s Most Expensive Villa
Villa Leopolda is located in Cote D’Azure, France, and is estimated to be worth $750 million. This may or may not be the most expensive villa in the world, but it sure has to come close at that price tag. If you’re looking to become a member of the French people, you could move into this mansion that is set on 50 acres. It’s possible that not everyone wants to buy a French Villa and live in a house with more rooms than most hotels have, but surely the helipad on the roof just might be the selling point. It was also the location of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, To Catch a Thief. You may have a problem with trying to get the owner to part with it, though.
14. Fill Your House With Every Technological Gadget Available
So you decide to buy that Villa in France, or even that castle in Ireland, but it seems just a bit empty without the home theater with genuine movie seats. So what should you do? You gear-up that house with every single piece of high-tech equipment that you can possibly find, that’s what. From the simplicity of solar panels on the roof (just because we are filthy rich doesn’t give us the right to waste energy), to the complex security monitoring system, your house will be the high tech-iest home on the block. If you even have other houses on the block.
It is easy to imagine the type of gadgets that will exist in your multi-million dollar Villa, that will most likely have an indoor heated swimming pool that automatically warms your towel before you can even get to the ladder. Your home theater system will probably have a transparent television that changes color as it fills an entire wall with the latest production of Star Wars, as you can turn off the lights that you had forgotten about in the other room without even leaving your custom-designed comfy chair with massaging arms behind you. Don’t forget the popcorn machine!
13. Your Own Private Jet to Travel The World
If you plan on buying a house on every continent (and who wouldn’t?), you don’t want to waste all of your time waiting on airport security. The choices are few, but quite simple: buy a private jet. The price of renting one is around $20,000 for a 1500 mile trip (one way, of course), so why not spend a little bit more and buy one? Well, about a million dollars more, but who’s counting? If you’re already spending all of your time traveling around the world, then don’t bother wasting any more time renting an airplane. If you’re going to do that, you might as well just go to the airport. Just don’t forget to build a runway in your backyard, and either hire someone to fly the plane for you, or get your pilot’s license, if you have the skills.
12. An Insanely Expensive Car
After buying your mansion and private jet, you need a car for that million-dollar garage. If a classic Ferrari is your taste, the most expensive one ever sold at auction was a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. In 2011, the high-powered sports car was auctioned off for $16,390,000 in Monterey, California. If you really, really wanted it, you could probably buy it from the owner for a bit more than that. The most expensive car that was ever sold (not at auction) was also a Ferrari. This one was a Ferrari 250 GTO, and was practically given away in 2013 for $52 million. This one might be a little easier to get your hands on, especially since money would be no issue. If a used car isn’t your cup of tea, the new cars are a lot less money than the 60 year-old Ferrari. You can buy the most expensive new car in the world for only $5 million.
11. Thousands of Acreage for Homeless Animals
You may be an animal lover and want to adopt every single pet that does not have a home. Now that you have millions, you can. Well, you cannot possibly acquire every animal that does not have a home, but you can come pretty close if you buy enough land. There are so many animals in the world that have not asked to be brought into this land, but have had no choice due to other animals that were not spayed, and the amount of feral cats (and yes, even some dogs) are outstanding. You could even hire as many people as necessary to help home and take care of them while you are busy trying to figure out which continent you will be visiting.
10. Private Assistant at Your Beck and Call 24/7
If you are going to have a large mansion, it is safe to say that you probably won’t have a lot of time to clean all of the rooms by yourself (and who would want to?). Even if you did have the time, and you really wanted to clean it, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else. Especially if your house has over 100 rooms. You would most likely need to have someone else cook your food and help you with errands and do your taxes and set up your appointments and take care of the kids and…
9. Rebuild an Entire City for the Homeless
Now that you have all of that land for all of the homeless animals in the world, we cannot forget about the homeless people, either. It just makes sense that we need to help them, as well. Perhaps a few thousand acres of land with small homes on it would be sufficient, but that is doubtful. It might be a better idea to create an entire city that is dedicated to those who had lost their homes. This wouldn’t be just a town, it could be a place that people would not have to worry about finding a warm place to sleep while trying to raise their kids. It would include small businesses, schools and areas that would assist those who are looking to better their future. You would probably need a lot more than just a few million dollars, but it could happen.
8. Dave Grohl to Sing a Concert Just For YOU
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters once broke his leg after falling off the stage during a concert in Sweden, and had the EMT actually set it in a cast while he was still performing on stage. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is. So why wouldn’t he want to play a concert just for you? If rock and roll isn’t your favorite genre (or if you’re not a fan of Dave), then you could hire just about anyone that you could possibly imagine sing at your house or favorite arena. Who says money can’t buy happiness?
7. This Adorable Sloth (Or Some Other Exotic Animal)
This adorable sloth that was found in the middle of a freeway in Ecuador last month. If you had millions, you could buy an animal sanctuary, hire people to run it for you and have this really cute sloth to keep you company while visiting him. If he’s too slow for you (it takes sloths six hours just to get out of a tree to find a place to use the bathroom), then maybe a lion, a tiger or a bear would be in your future. Oh my, the possibilities are endless.
6. Swim With The Dolphins
Okay, so you don’t need to hit the lottery or have millions of dollars if you want to swim with the dolphins. There are many places around the world where you can schedule a quick dip with the squeaky mammal; Orlando Florida has a place called Discovery Cove, where you can schedule a swim for under $300 for 30 minutes. That may be affordable for a lot of people, but imagine having millions of dollars. You could swim with dolphins almost anywhere in the world, and you would most likely get more than just half an hour to swim with the beautiful creatures.
5. Build Your Very Own Theme Park
Not everyone loves roller coasters as much as I do, but I would imagine that just about everybody would love to have their very own theme park. It doesn’t even have to have roller coasters, only a theme. There are places around the world dedicated to all kinds of things, some of them very bizarre (see a previous article about weird theme parks). You could build an entire park dedicated simply to you. You could even dedicate it to your favorite character or celebrity, if you wanted. Chances are that Dave Grohl would be more likely to come and sing to you if he knew that in your backyard, you had named the area, “FooLand.”
4. Lawyers. Lots and Lots of Lawyers
It may not sound like a big deal, but it would probably be a good idea to have a flock of lawyers on hand. You never know when that one party guest that had too much to drink decides that it was your fault that they tripped over your one-of-a-kind custom sofa and sprained their foot. Or maybe that mouse that you used as a character in FooLand looks eerily similar to Mickey Mouse and Disney decides that they want royalties (even though you’re not charging admission). It is an admirable choice to know a good lawyer so those millions don’t turn into pennies because of a frivolous lawsuit.
3. A Houseful of Shoes
Buying a house that is intended entirely for shoes may sound silly, but imagine never having to shop for shoes again. It wouldn’t have to be a large house; it could just be a temperature-controlled, large shed-type structure that houses your footwear. Just think of how simple and easy it would be to find shoes if you had a separate room for every type of shoe. You could have a room for boots, a room for dressy shoes, one for sneakers, and they would all be organized by color. Every person in your family could have their own rooms for their shoes, as well. As long as everyone’s feet stayed the same size, you would have so many shoes that shoe-shopping would never be an issue (unless you’re worried about style, but with that much money, the trends will be following you).
2. A Large Company or Website
Even though you already have millions of dollars, you just might want to have a way to make sure that you keep that money. The best way to do that is by either investing in stocks (which can be risky), or to buy a company that is already established, and will almost guarantee you more income in the foreseeable future. There are so many companies that are already making billions, and if you can afford to buy any of them, almost everything is for sale if given the right price. Starting a business is also an option, but start from scratch with something that may or may not work?
1. Your Own Private Island
Is there anyone who wouldn’t want to buy their own island if they could? Even if you have a house on every country, can fly your private jet anywhere in the world, or have a beautiful Villa in Italy, the idea of having your own private retreat sounds fascinating. Instead of having to plan a vacation, having to think about where you are going to go, and the other tourists, you could just fly your private jet to your very own island. You could make sure that it is located somewhere in which it is always warm, so you don’t have to worry about the weather. If you’re worried about getting lonely while on your retreat, just bring a few friends along.