If you were one of the world's richest human beings, what kind of car would you own? The richest man in the world, Carlos Slim Helu (worth about $69 billion), drives himself to work in a Bentley Continental Flying Spur. MSRP: $300K.

On the other hand, if you were Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea, you'd drive something more humble like a 1993 Volvo 240. We wonder if he had to put it together himself.

Then there's Bill Gates. Another of the world's wealthiest people, Mr. Gates showed a video at the 2008 CES keynote of him driving away from his last day at work at Microsoft in a Ford Focus. While that may or may not be his daily driver, one of his cars has been well documented.

In 1999, President Clinton signed into law the "Show and Display" rule that exempted certain collectible cars from government emission and crash worthiness rules. Bill Gates and several other very rich motor nuts were instrumental in getting the law passed. The exemption allowed Gates to break his Porsche 959 free from the customs impound lot after more than a decade.

Check out the other 11 gajillionaires and their rides here.


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      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would you link to such a poor article? The Prius does not start at $11,000 and the Lexus LX certainly does not start at $40k.
        William
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        I agree! I think that's a Lexus GX, not a LX. Either way, the GX starts in the low-to-mid $50K's, nowhere close to $40K.
      Javanese
      • 2 Years Ago
      This list is horrendously outdated and inaccurate. Kampard stoppped driving his volvo years ago, Ellison doesnt drive his Mclaren everyday and bill gates daily driver is his mercedes R500. Slim's bently is is an heavily armored version and that saudi prince, he doesnt drive a phantom, he is driven in a phantom.
        William
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Agreed! I don't know how much we can trust this list. On the page about Eric Schmidt and his supposed Toyota Prius, it says the Prius starts at $11,000...since when does a Toyota Prius start at $11,000?!
      luke_torres
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt that SLIM uses his Bentley, I say this because Mexico City is all ways full of traffic and also it is dangerous for such a rich man to drive in the streets of Mexico City because of kidnapers. Rich people in Mexico city rarely drives, even if they have more than 20 bodyguards they prefer to move in the city with helicopters because it is fastest and safest.
      deeeznuuuts83
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of those are surprising, but very few of them are auto enthusiasts, so the flashiest cars possible aren't exactly a priority. Also, a lot of them have had money for a while (some of which were inherited wealth), so they may not be as eager to buy a car that wouldn't have been accessible to them before had they been born "average."
      jmc8387
      • 2 Years Ago
      We bought a Land Rover Range Rover last fall. Honestly, there is nothing I would rather drive. However, to accompany the Range Rover, I would buy a Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Land Rover LR4, Aston Martin DBS Volante, Bentley GTC V8, Porsche 911 Cabriolet S, Toyota Land Cruiser, Land Rover Defender, 2013 SRT Viper and a Rolls Royce Ghost.
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Billionaires have crapped cheaper cars than you are non celebrity rich guy why you can buy your Ram pickup or 1969 Dodge Charger .
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        Nice of you to take time out of the stroke you're having to post on AB.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      The truly wealthy have no need to show off...they have nobody to impress. It's always the aspirational part of society that buys the flashy stuff, as they are the ones desperately trying to look one step above their actual lot in life. BMW and Audi's business model depends on it!
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Though true to some extent, by your ideology everyone should either drive a practical Prius or a 200K+ exotic, anything in between and their status posers...?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
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        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think that's what I'd do in their situation. I'd drive something small and fun and practical (maybe a Fit or a GTI) then have a secret garage where I kept a lot of classics, a convertible GT for cruising (458 or DB9) and a hard-core track car (GT3 RS or Atom).
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I were rich I would have a Ford F150 Raptor, 2013 Fusion, bentley continental gt aN Aston or two and a some of MT favorite concept cars made street legal. Like the Evos and the Vette Stingray
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Yahoo article? Really AB?
      wylin923
      • 2 Years Ago
      if it was me i'd get an mecedes E63 AMG wagon in a brown color and tan interior and debadge it. For nice nights out i'd just get a regular 911 C2s (991) in a nice color.
      sundell131313
      • 2 Years Ago
      what i really wonder, if youre uber-rich how does one insure/title an exotic car? one accident and you can get your pants sued, no? do they form a LLC and put the car in the name of the LLC? does that adequately protect you from getting sued?
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