​​Gigantic glass house, lasers, robotic dinosaurs: Exotic hobbies of eccentric billionaires

Apr 14, 2023

By: Anagh Pal

Elon Musk

When you have money, you can pretty much get away with anything. Billionaire Elon Musk named his son X Æ A-12, replaced the Twitter Blue logo to ‘doge’, bought and sold 20,000 flame-throwers – and has plans to colonize Mars. Here are other eccentric billionaires who did crazy things, simply because they could.

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​Roman Abramovich​

The former owner of Chelsea Football Club, owns a luxury yacht named Eclipse, which includes amenities such as helipads, a swimming pool, disco hall, a cinema, and a spa, a submersible system, and advanced security measures such as missile detection systems and anti-paparazzi lasers.

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​Larry Ellison​

Larry Ellison is an eccentric billionaire known for his extravagant lifestyle, including owning private jets, yachts, and WWII-era planes. He has also founded institutions focused on exploring extraterrestrial life, developing AI, and promoting private space travel.

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Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is a German-American billionaire entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and co-founder of PayPal. He has been known to express interest in seasteading, which is the concept of creating permanent dwellings at sea outside the jurisdiction of any government and provided funding to the Seasteading Institute.

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​Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund manager, is an art collector who has a diverse taste that extends beyond paintings. He reportedly spent $8 million on a 14-foot tiger shark that has been preserved in formaldehyde, a controversial sculpture created by British artist Damien Hirst.

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​Bidzina Ivanishvili

Bidzina Ivanishvili is a former Georgian politician and billionaire businessman who served as the Prime Minister of Georgia from 2012 to 2013. He built a gigantic glass house for himself and his possessions include a zoo with penguins, lemurs and a zebra.

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​Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer is an Australian businessman, politician, and former member of the parliament. He is known for his ambitious project to create a park filled with over 160 robotic dinosaurs.

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Robert Klark Graham

Robert Klark Graham was an American millionaire and eugenicist who founded the ‘Nobel Prize sperm bank’ which only accepted donations from accomplished individuals, including Nobel laureates, with the belief that it would promote the genetic material of ‘superior’ men.

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​Ingvar Kamprad

The founder of IKEA, though a billionaire, was from the other side of the coin. He reportedly reused tea bags and took salt and pepper packets from restaurants. He would also wait until after the holidays to buy post-Christmas sale presents.

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​Richard Branson

The founder of the Virgin Group, he is known for his adventurous spirit and love of extreme sports. He has attempted to break world records for hot air ballooning and kite surfing, and has also launched a number of businesses in industries ranging from airlines to space tourism.

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