Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Cars Billionaires Drive

If you said all billionaires drive around in luxury cars, eat your words. While Mukesh Ambani’s Maybach 62 costs Rs 5.25 crore, Ikea founder Ingvard Kamprad has been driving a 1993 model Volvo 240 which is currently worth about $1500 (Rs. 83160)

Industrialist Anil Ambani drives a car that suits his personality, a Lamborghini Gallardo. The Gallardo accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 325 km/h. Its V10 engine offers 500 hp and 376 lbs-ft of torque.

Reliance India Chairman Mukesh Ambani with a net worth of $22.3 billion is the world's richest Indian in the Forbes list. He drives one of the most luxurious cars, a Maybach 62 along with a Mercedes S Class and a Mercedes SL500. The Maybach is worth a whopping INR 5 crores.

According to the Forbes Billionaires List, Mexican telecom giant Carlos Slim Helu is the world's richest man. He drives a Bentley Continental Flying Spur which costs around 1,70,00,000 Indian rupees.

No, Ratan Tata doesn’t drive a Tata Nano. He uses a Mercedes S Class instead. His fleet also includes a Ferrari California, a Maserati Quattroporte, a Cadillac XLR and a Chrysler Sebring.

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya is famous for his passion for vintage cars. However, among his daily drivers is the pricey Maybach 62.

The miserly side of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is no secret. He owns one of the cheapest cars, an Acura TSX. It costs about $30,000 (Rs 17 lakh)

Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ daily drive is a Porsche 959 Coupe. Only 230 examples of this car were built and each one costs 2.2 crore Indian rupees.

Financial data tycoon Michael Bloomberg drives an Audi R8 that’s worth more than a crore.

Another modest billionaire, Steve Ballmer, drives a hybrid Ford Fusion which is worth around 10 lakh Indian rupees.

Warren Buffett drives a Cadillac DTS which, according to Business Insider, he bought to support the then failing General motors.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, the nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, certainly drives the royal car. However, his Rolls-Royce Phantom is an entry level version and costs around Rs 3.5 crores in India.

Heiress of the Wal-Mart fortune, Alice Walton, is the second richest woman in the world. But she owns a simple car, a 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch. It is worth Rs 22 lakh.

Billionaire Michael Dell drives a cool 2004 Porsche Boxter.

Google’s current executive Chairman Eric Emerson Schmidt loves the nature and drives a Toyota Prius, which is among the cleanest vehicles in the world.

Oracle founder Larry Ellison has a huge collection of pricey cars but the most prestigious possession is a McLaren F1. Production of this car was stopped in 1998 and only 106 were produced. This car could accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds. This car is currently worth $4.1 million.

French businessman and the chief executive officer of PPR François-Henri Pinault drives a Lexus LX SUV.

Ikea founder Ingvard Kamprad is worth an estimated $28 billion according to Forbes. However, he seems to be the humblest among the billionaires and has been driving a 1993 Volvo 240. According to Business Insider, if the car sold today, it would only be worth about $1500 (Rs. 83160)

Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike, owns an Audi R8.

Apple founder Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs drives around in a silver Audi A5.


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