Thursday, July 13, 2006

Privacy

Privacy is extremly important for billionaires around the world. These billionaires are willing to pay top dollar to be able to walk around a beach naked. For this reasons, many billionaires and celbrities alike are purchasing private islands. Private Islands have recently become very popular in this elite class of individuals.

Prices for these private islands very greatly. From $1 million, all the way up to $45 million. $45 million was recently spend for Isla de sa Ferradura in 2006. This island is located off of the coast of spain. The island is 14 acres and includes a house worthy of these billionaires. With waterfalls, private pools, private beaches and many other amenities, this island is well worth its $45 million price tag.

Until Next Time,
DTJW

Travel

Traveling around the world in their private jets can be very stressful for billionaires. When land at their destination, they expect to stay in hotels that will meet their extravagant needs. If these billionaires do not have a home at their destination, many will spend thousands upon thousands to keep themselves in the lap of luxury.

Many hotels around the world keep penthouse suites availible for this class of mobile elite. These penthouse suites are usually larger than the average home in these here United States and often have their own staff that waits on you hand and foot.

Of course all of these comes at a cost. That cost being $37,200 per night. This is at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France.

Until Next Time,
DTJW

Music

Classical Music is the type of music that the upper class seem to enjoy. Many attend opera's and other concerts performed by orchestra's around the world. However, these days, listening to music is no longer enough; these billionaires need to purchase instruments played by these world renowed musicians. Instruments like the well sought after "Stradivarius" violins.

"Stradivarius" violins are 300 year old masterpeices made by the one and only Antonio Stradivari. "Stradivarius" violins will cost a billionaire many many millions.

Currently, the record holding "Stradivarius" violin is known as "The Hammer" which sold for more than $3 Million in a auction held at Sotherby's.

Until Next Time,
DTJW

Drinking

Extravagence has reached a new level. We, normal people, drink beer and other cheap alcoholic beverages. To us, Blue Label is insanly expensive. However, to the billionaires of the world, a glass of Johnny Walker is not enough. Their fine palets demand to have the finest in the world; and in the world of wine, that means OLD!!!!

Many bottles of fine wine will run a billionaire over $20,000 per bottle. However many of these wines are bought to be collected, many billionaires are drinking these extraordinarily priced wines.

These wines are generally auctioned off at auction houses such as Christie's or Sotherby's. At these auctions, many wines have even changed hands for more than $100,000 per bottle.

This extravagant purchases makes the "Cristal" celebrities drink to be cheap in comparison.

Until Next Time,
DTJW

Big Boats

A competition between billionaires around the world has been on going for many years. For many billionaires, "size does matter". The size of what is what is in question for this blog. What we are talking about here is the size of their private yachts. Among the 700 someodd billionaires in the world, few lust after the largest of the worlds yachts. Each of these yachts are custom made to the specifications of each billionaire. Billionaires such as Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, and the Sheik of Dubai all have yachts that would put many private cruises to shame.

Currently, the top prize goes to the Sheik of Dubai with 582 ft with his prize posession "Platinum". This boat was boat was built for one specific purpose; and that was to beat Larry Ellison's "Rising Sun". The "Rising Sun" was the largest boat in 2005 which was made to belittle Paul Allen's "Octopus".

The battle between these billionaires will never end. Billionaire Roman Abramovich is said to be building one even larger than the Sheik's "Platinum".

Until Next Time,
DTJW

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Richest

The time has come to find out who is the richest person in these here United States of America. Each year, Forbes creates a list to showcase the richest of the rich and this years list is no different. It seems that the rich still remain rich, thus we see no change from the same list in 2005.

Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder, is still at the top of the list followed by his close friend and CEO of Birkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett. The remaineder of the list is held by individuals who have held the same positions for many years. Paul Allen, Michael Dell, Lawrence Ellison followed by the five members of the Walton family (Walmart) round out the top 10.

This is not a suprise to me as it seems the rich always get richer, and the poor get poorer. This is capitalism at its best!!!

Till Next Time,
dtjw

Private Airplanes

Convenience is very important for jet-set billionaires. The ability to fly from one country to the next at anytime is very important. These billionaires will spend millions to have the convenience. Many manufactuers have stepped up to the plate in making these planes for the comfort of these elite individuals. Gulfstream and Cessna have been in this industry for many years now and have many new innovations for these wealthy individuals.

The private airplanes that billionaires fly in these days are completly custom. Everything from color of interior to the leather on the seats are all choosen by the purchasing billionaire. These posh airplanes sale for well over $10,000,000 USD. And the more custom these planes get, the higher the price tag climbs.

Because of these high prices, even celebrities have not ventured into this lifestyle. Only CEO's and other billionaires get to experience this type of comfort and convenience.

Till next time,
dtjw

Expensive Automobiles

Expensive Automobiles are what many billionaires enjoy collecting as well as drive. Expensive marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche have been supplying these billionaires with toys that they can blow their enormous fortunes on. A typical "supercar" made by one of these manufactuers will run an individual well over $200,000. These days however, new companies are introducing cars that are draining nearly $1,00,000 out of thsee billionaires plush wallets.

Manufactuers such as Pagani, Koenigsegg and Bugatti are three of the makes that have introduced new cars for the the year 2006. These cars will run from $800,000 to well over $1,000,000 USD.

The Bugatti Veyron is a car that few individuals will ever see let alone drive or ride in. The car features 1001 horsepower; giving the driver the feeling that only Formula 1 drivers feel (0-60 in 2.5 sec). This however does not come without a price. With a price tag of $1,700,000 USD, only the privilaged will ever experience such a thrill.

Till next time,
dtjw

Expensive Timepieces

Expensive timepieces are of interest to the billionaires of the world. Watch makers such as Patak Phillipe, Audemars Piguet and Jean Dunand have held top positions in this over the top world of extravagant purchases for many years. Watches from these manufactuers generally will run a billionaire anywhere from $5,000 to will over a million dollars.

This year, the top honors goes to Jean Dunand for their Grand Complication. "The new Grande Complication by Jean Dunand really packs them in with a mono-pusher split-second chronograph, split-second hand isolator, minute repeater, tourbillon, bi-retrograde perpetual calendar, and even a see-through sapphire back signed by its creator, Christophe Claret." With this watch being sold for prices ranging from $700,000 to $800,000, it is sure to be one of the finer watches on the market today. Only 6 of these extravagant time pieces will be made; 3 in 18k rose gold, 2 in 18k white gold and 1 in platinum.

Each year it seems that these watch top watch makers attempt to outdue each other with time pieces that become more and more complicated. However, the ones that sell for the most are ones that are the vintage watches of world renound watch maker Patak Phillipe; a 1933 gold Patek Phillipe with 24 complications, was auctioned off at Sotheby's for $11 million.

Till Next Time!!!!
dtjw

Welcome!!

Hello!!!!!
First off I would like to thank everyone for coming to visit my blog. This blog is dedicated to the finer things in life that are so expensive that only the rich and the famous can afford.

For the first topic today, we will be discussing the most expensive houses in the United States of America. This article by Forbes is what sparked the interest for todays topic.

According to Forbes, the most expensive home for sale today in America is owned by none other than Donald Trump. The home is located in Palm Beach, Florida and the asking price is a staggering 125 Million USD. "The French Regency-style estate, which is undergoing the final stages of a massive renovation, includes 475 feet of waterfront, an 18-bedroom mansion, eight-car garage, conservatory, carriage house, guest house and pool house."

This house is truly amazing and will only be owned by one of the few billionaires in the world.

Till next time,
dtjw