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4 Billionaires Who Drive Old Bombs

Posted on: November 27, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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When you think “billionaire lifestyle”, what images spring to mind? Perhaps visions of a luxury home, a supercar, private jet, Armani suits, even a super yacht or two moored in Monaco. Indeed, most billionaires have it made when it comes to living large.

However, there are some billionaires who keep a tight lid on their lavish spending and it often shows in the type of car that they drive. An old Volvo 240 is probably not on most billionaires wish lists, especially when they could easily afford a whole fleet of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and Bugatti’s, but here are four billionaires well-known for driving around in cars that hide their wealth rather than flaunt it.

4. Alice Walton

Heiress to the massive Wal-Mart retail empire fortune, Alice Walton is worth $35 billion, making her the second richest woman in the world. Her sister-in-law, Christy, is at the top of the list. So what does the second richest woman in the world drive? A hefty 2006 Ford F150 King Ranch.

Walton used to have a penchant for more extravagant cars, including a Porsche but since being involved in a motor accident, she has steered away from luxury sports cars. The King Ranch is basically an upmarket Ute, with leather cowhide upholstery and other classy features making it a cut above your average work horse pickup truck.

alice walton car
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Super_Duty

3. Mark Zuckerberg

The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world’s youngest billionaires and is currently worth a tidy $17 billion. Not one to flaunt his wealth, Zuckerberg chooses to drive a very modest vehicle – an Acura TSX, costing $30,000. Known as the Honda Accord in Australia, this compact executive vehicle has won many accolades from motoring magazines as one of the best value vehicles on the market in its price range.
Mark Zuckerberg car
Source: http://caspost.com/15-worlds-richest-people-cars/4/

2. Steve Ballmer

The CEO of Microsoft is worth $15.2 billion, is the 22nd richest person in the US and the 51st richest billionaire in the world. He drives a Ford Fusion Hybrid, worth $19,000. An admirably eco-sustainable choice, the fuel-efficient Fusion can travel up to 85mph on electric power alone.

Ballmer may have an ulterior motive for this seeming modesty however. The main reason he drives the Ford Fusion is as a publicity stunt to promote Microsoft’s Sync navigation system, which comes standard with the car.
Steve Ballmer car
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1. Ingvar Kamprad

Number one on our list is the founder of the Swedish flat-pack furniture phenomenon, IKEA, who is estimated to be worth $53 billion. As one of the richest people in the world, Kamprad cruises about in a 25-year-old vintage Volvo 240 wagon valued at just $1500. Of course, Volvo is also Swedish so Kamprad is showing admirable national loyalty. The 240 was Volvo’s best-selling car from 1975 to 1982 and became a status symbol worldwide, much admired for its advanced safety features rather than sleek styling.

This modest and humble billionaire also prefers to catch public transport whenever possible and only flies economy class. His modest home is entirely furnished with the affordable furnishings that made him so rich. Hopefully, he is handier with an Allen key than most of his customers.
Ingvar Kamprad car
Source: http://autos.in.msn.com/images/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=4230977&page=5

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