When you are rich, you are expected to have the most lavish homes, travel in top class cabins, travel to the most exotic places, stay at the most luxurious hotels and drive the most expensive cars. However, some rich individuals view vehicles as only a means for getting from one point to another. Whether you drive a Lamborghini or a hybrid does not make a difference because it can still attain the same objective. Here now is a list of the top 10 wealthy people still driving cheap cars, or well, relatively cheap cars.
10. Dustin Moskovitz – Volkswagen R32 Hatchback
Dustin Moskovitz is an Internet entrepreneur worth $3.8 billion known for his role in the establishment of the social media giant called Facebook. Along with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes, the group created the most popular networking site in the world today. In 2008, Moskovitz left Facebook and founded with Justin Rosenstein the task management software called Asana. He is considered as one of the youngest self-made billionaires in the world, with a 7.7 percent share in Facebook. Yet, he drives a Volkswagen R32 hatchback that costs just a little above $30,000.
9. Mark Zuckerberg – Acura TSX
Who does not know Mark Zuckerberg? He is the guy behind Facebook, and the person whose founding of the social networking site became the basis of the movie called The Social Network. At the age of 23, he became a billionaire. He is also considered as one of the most influential people in the world. Despite his riches worth $16.1 billion, you won’t see him driving around in some splashy super car. Instead, he drives an Acura TSX that didn’t cost him over $30,000.
8. Jim Walton – Dodge Dakota
Jim Walton is worth nearly $30 billion, enough to buy an entire city or probably even an entire state. Instead, he chose to buy a vehicle named after a state. The youngest son of the founder of Wal-Mart is also the Chairman of Arvest Bank. Yet, he drives around in a Dodge Dakota, a vehicle that costs less than $30,000.
7. Alice Walton – Ford F150 King Ranch
Alice Walton is the sister of Jim Walton and is the only daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. She actually used to drive around in a Porsche, but maybe because of the influence of her younger brother, she eschewed the sports car and bought a Ford F150 instead. Like her brothers, she is worth almost $30 billion, yet she drives around in a truck that costs less than $25,000.
6. Larry David – Toyota Prius
Larry David is the star and producer of the critical and commercial hit television series from HBO called Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also helped create and produce the iconic show called Seinfeld, one of the best comedies of all time. While his friend Jerry Seinfeld collects Porsches of all shapes, size and color, David instead chose to buy himself a Toyota Prius worth less than $25,000. He is worth $400 million, yet he drives around in a real economical car that is environmentally friendly as well.
5. Francois Henri Pinault – Lexus SUV
Francois Henri Pinault is the Chief Executive Officer of Kering and President of the Groupe Artemis. He is also the co-chairman of the PPR Foundation. The French businessman is also the husband of Salma Hayek, one of the most gorgeous actresses in Hollywood. Unlike other guys who try to impress ladies with fancy vehicles, Pinault drives around in a Lexus SUV. While it’s not a shabby vehicle, the $40,000 vehicle is a mere drop in the bucket when compared to his enormous net worth of around $15 billion.
4. Warren Buffett – Lincoln Town Car Signature
Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of over $60 billion. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway and is considered as one of the most influential people in the world. He adheres to a philosophy of value investment and is well known for his frugality. As a matter of fact, he has a personalized car plate that spells out the word “Thrifty.” The plate could be found on his old Lincoln Town Car Signature vehicle that he bought in 2001.
3. Steve Ballmer – Lincoln Continental
Steve Ballmer has been the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft since 2000. He has a net worth of almost $16 billion at the helm of one of the biggest companies in the world. Despite his stature, he still drives around in a car that he bought before he became the company’s CEO. He owns a Lincoln Continental that he bought in 1998. He also has a second car, a Ford Fusion hybrid.
2. Ingvar Kamprad – Volvo 240 GL
Ingvar Kamprad is a business magnate from Sweden. He is the founder of IKEA, a retail company that specializes in furniture. He truly knows the value of money, having started out as a businessman when he was still a young boy who sold matches to neighbors while moving around on a bicycle. These days, he has upgraded his bicycle, though not as much as his $53 billion net worth would suggest. He still drives around in a Volvo 240 GL that he bought way back in 1991.
1. Azim Premji – Toyota Corolla
Azim Premji is a business tycoon from India. He is the Chairman of Wipro Limited, a multinational company that specializes in information technology, consulting and outsourcing of computer services. It is considered as the third largest IT services company in the country. It also has a subsidiary that is involved with consumer care, lighting, health care and infrastructure engineering. He has a net worth of over $12.2 billion, making him one of the richest Indians in the world. He was also included in Time magazine’s list of most influential people in the world. Despite his fame and fortune, Premji drives around in a humble Toyota Corolla.
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