We know that some celebrities make so much money that they don’t know what to do with it. Many of them spend their money on big houses or mansions and some of them like Floyd Mayweather spend ridiculous amounts of money on luxury cars. Not all celebs like to spend and flaunt their money though. Some of them maintain their sensibilities and even though they are worth millions, they only spend what they need to.
The celebrities on this list all have quite a bit of money, but some of them willingly choose to drive cheap cars for whatever reason. Sometimes the cars are sentimental, but sometimes they just can’t justify dropping all kinds of cash on a fancy ride when what they already have can take them where they want and need to go. These 15 celebrities may have purchased other luxury vehicles, but one thing they have in common is that they held onto a cheap car and have often been seen driving that vehicle.
11. Conan O’Brien
Late night funnyman Conan O’Brien seems very proud of his 1992 Ford Taurus SHO. So why would a guy with a net worth of $75 million who bought a mansion in the Pacific Palisades for $20 million drive such a cheap piece of garbage? Conan may not have revealed why he loves his car so much, but he has made no secret of it and posed for many pictures with his prized possession. The 1992 Taurus SHO comes equipped with a five-speed Yamaha 3.0 liter V-6 engine with a whopping 220 horsepower! This is surely not the only car that Conan owns, but it seems to be his most well-known ride.
10. Mel Gibson
Although famed actor Mel Gibson does own a Mercedes CLS 500 worth more than $200 thousand, he also owns a Toyota Cressida worth much less. The actor who won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for starring in the movie Braveheart has amassed a net worth of $425 million. Toyota’s Cressida was made from 1976 to 1992 and was the export version of their Mark II which was sold in Japan. The car features a 3.0 liter V-6 engine and it is unknown how often Gibson actually drove it with cars like the CLS 500 in his garage as well.
9. Zac Efron
Actor Zac Efron first gained fame through the movie High School Musical and by 2009 he made $1 million for starring in the movie 17 Again. Efron has a net worth of $18 million and bought himself a penthouse in Beverly Hills for $4 million. While he is not afraid to spend his money on some things, Efron has been seen driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. The Alero is a compact car that was produced by Oldsmobile from 1998 to 2004 and was actually the last model that the brand sold. In 2014, Zac Efron gave away his car for charity, because he’s more than just a pretty face; he’s also a generous soul.
8. Clint Eastwood
Even now that actor Clint Eastwood is in his 80s, he is still a huge name and will be remembered as one of the biggest actors of modern time. Eastwood has a net worth of $375 million and has often made more than $5 million per movie that he starred in. Apparently he has not let his fame go to his head at least as far as what he drives goes. Eastwood has often been reported driving his GMC Typhoon which cost just under $30 thousand. The Typhoon is actually one of the fastest SUVs available with a 0 to 60 miles per hour time of 5.3 seconds, and Eastwood’s was custom made and comes with a turbocharged 4.3 liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive.
7. Ron Artest
Ron Artest is certainly an interesting character and there is no denying that he was a great basketball player at one point. The basketball player that was once known as Metta World Peace has a net worth of $21 million which is not much more than the $18 million contract he received from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009. Artest won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. He also received a tricked out Hyundai Genesis which was gifted to him by comedian George Lopez. Artest was apparently happy to drive the $35 thousand car, although he could have afforded something much nicer.
6. Britney Spears
Singer Britney Spears may not be as popular as she was in the 90s, but she has made a comeback with her residency in Las Vegas which makes her $15 million a year. Over the years Britney has accumulated a net worth of $170 million, but she is still cheap when it comes to things like what car she drives. Spears is known for loving her Mini Cooper, which only cost her about $35 thousand. The Mini has been offered up by BMW since 2000 and is very popular, although Spears could very easily afford something much nicer.
5. Justin Timberlake
Unlike some members of the boy band NSYNC, Justin Timberlake has gone on to have a very successful career as a singer and actor. Timberlake has a net worth of $225 million and made over $31 million alone in 2013 off of his music. With all that being said, Justin has decided that he enjoys driving his $16 thousand Volkswagen Jetta rather than a nice luxury car. The Jetta can get pretty good gas mileage, but doesn’t have much power. The VW model has been produced since 1979 and is the carmaker’s top selling model with over 14 million cars being purchased.
4. David Spade
Actor and comedian David Spade has been making people laugh since the late 1980s. This guy has a net worth of $40 million and could have purchased himself a pretty nice luxury car for the salary he made from just one episode of the TV series Rules of Engagement in 2010. Instead Spade chooses to drive a 1987 Buick Grand National which has a 3.8 liter V-6 engine and only 245 horsepower. Perhaps he feels sentimental to his Buick because it was made the same year that Spade made his movie debut in Police Academy 4.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Actress Jennifer Lawrence has a net worth of $75 million and propelled her career when she was cast in The Hunger Games film series. Lawrence only made half a million for The Hunger Games in 2012, but made up for that by earning $10 million from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013. Even after making all that money, Lawrence chose to drive around in her Volkswagen Eos which only cost about $35 thousand. The Eos is a compact sports car that has been offered up by VW since 2006. Perhaps Lawrence identifies with the car for its name Eos which is the Greek goddess of the dawn.
2. Mark Zuckerberg
You would think the man behind Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, would have plenty of money to spend on things like luxury cars. Zuckerberg has amassed an amazing net worth of $46.5 billion despite opting to take a salary of just $1,000 from Facebook in 2013. Mark purchased a house in Palo Alto for $7 million, but only chose to spend $30 thousand on an Acura TSX the same year. This compact executive car was offered from 2004 to 2014 and was made in Japan. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook after studying at Harvard, and was the subject of the film The Social Network.
1. Steve Ballmer
Former chief executive of Microsoft and current owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers Steve Ballmer has a very impressive net worth of $21.5 billion. Ballmer did not hesitate to buy the team for $2 billion in 2014, but apparently won’t spend nearly that much on a car to get him around town. Ballmer drives a Ford Fusion Hybrid which costs less than $40 thousand, even with the upgrades he has like top notch audio equipment and larger than standard rims. Ballmer’s shares of Microsoft were reported to be worth $11.5 billion in 2013. Back in 1980 Ballmer was paid a salary of $50 thousand as Microsoft’s 30th employee.