If your pockets were as deep as Bill Gates’ what would you drive? A new Porsche or a 7-year-old one? Each year, Forbes magazine compiles a list of the world’s wealthiest people. While awaiting the release of the 2006 list, ForbesAutos.com wanted to give you a look at the vehicles driven by the billionaires at the top of the 2005 list.

Top 10 Vehicles Owned by Billionaires

William Gates III

Warren Buffett

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

Ingvar Kamprad

Paul Allen

Lawrence Ellison

Jim Walton

Alice Walton

Michael Dell

Steven Ballmer

The cars and trucks driven by those in the Top 10 of the 2005 Forbes list was, in short, shocking. You won’t find a Bugatti, Ferrari or BMW driven by these billionaires. But you will find a Lincoln, a Mazda, even a Dodge and Ford. It seems that for the super-rich, a vehicle is seen not as a status symbol, but as a means to an end in which to get from point A to point B. Status is something that these billionaires need not prove to others. In many cases, the people on our list prefer to live inconspicuously, avoiding the limelight at all costs. This might explain why many of their vehicles cost less than your own daily driver.

To compile our list, we obtained motor vehicle registration records from each billionaire’s respective state. For those not residing in the U.S., we relied on interviews with company representatives or past interviews with the billionaires themselves. Their net worth was taken from Forbes.com’s 2005 World’s Billionaires List.

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