Flying high in a private jet or cruising around in one’s own personal superyacht… These are surely among the ultimate modes of transport. Yet these are luxuries that can be afforded only by the very richest people on the planet. If you can bear the feelings of envy – or perhaps revulsion – then read on for 40 examples of conspicuous consumption…
40. The Edge
Back in 2008, rumors began circulating that U2 frontman Bono had bought a superyacht. And while the speculation was ultimately proved incorrect, there was still an element of truth to the story; it just involved the wrong band member. You see, the $15.4 million vessel actually belongs to U2’s guitarist, The Edge. The strummer told the Irish Independent at the time, “It’s not Bono’s yacht at all. It’s mine. Bono doesn’t know a thing about boats.”
39. Giorgio Armani
The first thing you’ll notice about fashion legend Giorgio Armani’s superyacht, dubbed Main, is that it’s dark green. That’s not a common color choice for a luxury vessel, but it was conceived with intent. Basically, the designer opted for the strange shade to camouflage his 213-foot boat out on the ocean. And the interior is no less dazzling. As well as featuring full panoramic views, it offers rooms for up to 12 guests and can accommodate 14 crew.
38. Rafael Nadal
In 2019 tennis superstar Rafael Nadal decided that he’d had enough of chartering yachts. Instead, it was finally time for him to buy his own. And that’s exactly what he did, ordering an enormous 78-foot vessel from Polish company Sunreef Yachts. The resulting bespoke catamaran has been designed to cruise around Nadal’s home island of Majorca.
37. Steven Spielberg
The acclaimed director of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of Hollywood’s wealthiest filmmakers, so it’s no surprise that he owns a superyacht. Steven Spielberg’s $200 million vessel Seven Seas boasts a helipad, a gym, a spa and – naturally – a couple of movie theaters. But its killer feature is undoubtedly the 150-foot glass wall – which can also be used as a screen – beside the infinity pool.
36. Billy Joel
The “Piano Man” is what you could call a superyacht fanatic, having once owned a whole clutch of the vessels. However, simply buying boats wasn’t enough to satisfy Billy Joel’s interest in the open water. In 2005, you see, he turned to designer Doug Zurn to come up with his very own yacht. The resulting craft, named Vendetta, was inspired by 1920s commuter craft, combining period aesthetics with modern technology.
35. Roberto Cavalli
If Batman had a Bat-yacht, it would probably look like this. The all-black Freedom belongs to Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, and by most metrics it’s a comparatively diminutive vessel, coming in at just 91 feet. Still, that’s apparently all fine for Cavalli, who conceived the custom-built boat for couples to use on vacation.
34. P. Diddy
While many celebrities have designed their own seafaring vessels, rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs apparently acquired his from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. It was by no means a cheap purchase, either, as the whopping 195-foot yacht – named Oasis – allegedly changed hands for approximately $72 million. Combs has since hosted countless parties aboard the boat, which effectively has its own nightclub.
33. Mariah Carey
You may assume that a celebrity couple would be happy to share a yacht. But where Mariah Carey and James Packer were concerned, you’d be wrong. The pair apparently owned a boat apiece, with Carey once telling Entertainment Tonight, “It is important to have his-and-hers everything.” That’s fortunate, too, as it meant that the diva didn’t have to give up life on the seas when she and Packer broke off their engagement in 2016. Carey’s vessel of choice is an enormous 192-footer named Capri.
32. Michael Jordan
You’ve got to hand it to Michael Jordan, as the basketball legend sure knows how to maintain his brand. Just look at his 80-foot sportfishing yacht for proof. As well as being decked out to complement his private plane, the boat is named Catch 23 – a pun on his iconic jersey number. The $8 million vessel is Jordan’s second yacht, complementing a much larger cruiser that is said to cost $840,000 per week to sail.
31. David Geffen
DreamWorks founder David Geffen has played host to plenty of celebrities on his $590 million superyacht Rising Sun. Yes, Barack and Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey and Jeff Bezos have all set sail with the entertainment mogul. His enormous 454-foot boat was originally designed for businessman Larry Ellison, but Geffen bought out his fellow billionaire’s share of the vessel in 2010.
30. Calvin Klein
As you may expect from one of the wealthiest fashion designers in the world, Calvin Klein’s yacht perfectly mirrors his own tastes. The vessel’s six cabins are elegant and opulent, and its double decks serve two purposes. One offers private views across the ocean, while the other has been built to host lavish parties – just like the one Klein held on Cannes Film Festival’s opening night in 2011.
29. Jackie Chan
In July 2019 martial artist and movie star Jackie Chan upgraded from his 125-foot yacht to a triple-deck, 152-foot monster. His new vessel boasts modern but refined décor both inside and out, giving it a minimalist vibe. The same can’t be said for the twin diesel engines, which boast speed and power aplenty and help to keep the ship stable on choppy seas. But that will be good news for the yacht’s guests – particularly if they’re in the on-board karaoke room.
28. Tiger Woods
Some people hang onto their cars for years, while others upgrade regularly. For celebrities, the same approach applies to yachts – and Tiger Woods falls squarely in the former camp. The champion golfer has had his $20 million vessel, named Privacy, since 2004. The enormous craft has a gym, a movie theater and a jacuzzi, while guests on board over the years have included Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Michael Jordan.
27. Tony Parker
Former NBA All-Star Tony Parker splashed out almost $8 million on a custom-built yacht in 2018. That’s only a small fraction of what he’s estimated to have earned in his basketball career, of course. And the luxury purchase has afforded him the opportunity to cruise the oceans with as many as 12 guests – all of whom can enjoy the extraordinary vessel’s on-board swimming platform and beach club.
26. Nicolas Cage
Of the four yachts that actor Nicolas Cage acquired during his infamous spending spree in the early 2000s, Sarita was reportedly his most beloved. Along with accommodation for 12 guests, the boat included both an outdoor dining area and a gym. Unfortunately, though, the National Treasure star was ultimately forced to part with the luxurious vessel in 2008 to settle his tax bills.
25. Nicole Kidman
Most of us would be scandalized at the thought of abandoning a 150-foot, $3.2 million superyacht. But most of us aren’t Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman, who allegedly left Hokulani – so called in tribute to her Hawaiian birth name – at a Sydney apartment complex in 2008. The champagne-colored vessel eventually went on the market in September 2019 for an undisclosed fee.
24. Eric Clapton
Back in 2005 guitarist Eric Clapton chartered a luxury yacht, the Va Bene, for a cruise around the Mediterranean. And the experience clearly had an impact on him. The musician was so enamored with the boat, you see, that he bought it. The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee then refitted the vessel and filled it with artwork before eventually selling it on in 2018.
23. Johnny Depp
If you own a private island, investing in your own superyacht is the next logical step. This was presumably Johnny Depp’s thought process, anyway, as the Hollywood A-lister purchased Vajoliroja in 2007 to sail to his Bahamas resort. He then reportedly gave the vessel a $6.5 million Art Deco-style refurb in 2009 before eventually selling the boat to author J.K. Rowling for a rumored $26 million.
22. Richard Branson
In 2009 British billionaire Richard Branson acquired his catamaran Necker Belle, renaming her from Lady Barbaretta to match his private island. The man behind the Virgin brand then refurbished the boat’s interior, including all four cabins, before making it available to charter for the modest sum of $60,000 a week. Branson finally listed the vessel for sale in 2014 and handed it to a buyer four years later for $3 million.
Bey received a pretty incredible present for her 32nd birthday: a $70 million yacht called Galactica Star. The singer and her husband, Jay-Z, chartered the gigantic vessel in 2015 – and presumably enjoyed the experience enough to want to do it regularly. Alongside three upper decks, a jacuzzi and a glass-bottomed pool, the awe-inspiring boat features a beach club, a sauna and a bar. And the craft is also known for being surprisingly fuel-efficient for its size – thanks largely to its sleek lines.
20. Kim Kardashian
Of course the Kardashians travel in their own private jet. After all, hunkering down in coach definitely wouldn’t fit with the aspirational image they carefully cultivate. So, instead, Kim Kardashian and her family get around in their personal Boeing 747. The enormous aircraft is fitted with multiple lounges, en-suite bathrooms and even a proper bed.
19. Taylor Swift
Seeing as Taylor Swift is one of the planet’s wealthiest musicians, it’s small wonder that she avoids the trappings of commercial flights. Instead, she scoots about the globe in her own private jet: a Dassault-Breguet Mystère-Falcon 900. The star apparently spent a cool $40 million on the plane in 2011 before personalizing it with a decal of her lucky number 13.
If you’re ever having trouble finding the right gift for your significant other, look to Beyoncé for inspiration. You need to have $40 million to spare, though, as that’s the sum the singer splashed on her husband Jay-Z’s private jet. The Bombardier Challenger 850 can seat up to 19 passengers and houses a living room, a bedroom and a kitchen as well as a pair of bathrooms.
17. Oprah Winfrey
In 2019 television personality and billionaire Oprah Winfrey told Vogue that her private jet was her “greatest luxury.” However, she deemed it a necessity after her newfound fame made commercial flights tricky – including one particularly stressful experience at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in 1991. The former talk show host paid $25 million for her first jet and has never looked back since.
16. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is not only unbeaten in the ring, but he’s also likely unrivaled for his collection of private jets. You see, the boxing superstar apparently added a third plane to his collection in 2018. And the craft is unmistakably his: dubbed “AirMayweather,” it’s emblazoned with his “The Money Team” TMT brand. The crew’s uniform, meanwhile, features “50-0” embroidered on the sleeve, referencing the boxer’s undefeated record. It’s hardly surprising that Mayweather owns multiple private jets, though, considering just how massive his fortune is. In fact, he’s the highest-paid boxer ever, having supposedly raked in over $800 million during his career.
15. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is one of the richest sports stars in the world. But that didn’t stop him from becoming embroiled in a tax scandal in 2017 over his $21 million Bombardier private jet. Hamilton had allegedly utilized shell firms to dodge paying European taxes on the plane when he imported it to England from Canada in 2013. And while some tax-avoidance schemes are legal, a joint investigation by worldwide media outlets revealed documents that suggested Hamilton’s scheme was illegitimate. In the end, though, he reportedly avoided paying around $4 million in tax.
14. Triple H
Triple H is undeniably one of WWE’s most iconic wrestlers, having achieved superstardom at the beginning of the century. Nowadays, though, he mostly spends his time working behind the scenes of the franchise. Alongside his own massively successful NXT project, he also contributes to WWE storylines, manages talent and even handles PR duties. So it stands to reason that he and his wife Stephanie McMahon, whose family owns a majority stake in WWE, travel about a lot. And they do so in style, in a Bombardier Global 5000 private jet that apparently cost around $27 million.
13. LeBron James
LeBron James is not just one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world, but he is also widely regarded as the best, too. So it’s no wonder that he travels in a private jet – even if it is eyewateringly expensive. Specifically, the Lakers star owns a Gulfstream G280, which likely set him back around $22 million. A long career backed up by huge sponsorship deals has allowed James to build a net worth in the region of $450 million, though, so even that purchase won’t have broken the bank.
12. Michael Jordan
You can never accuse Michael Jordan of being off-brand, since even the former basketballer’s private jet is painted to look like one of his Air Jordan sneakers. Originally sporting a white-and-blue wraparound paint job, the craft was given an update in 2017 to match his latest branded footwear. The G550 jet also sports the iconic Jumpman logo. And as Jordan is the NBA’s first star to have become a billionaire, even the cost of that luxury purchase is likely a drop in the ocean when it comes to MJ’s finances.
11. Conor McGregor
Ahead of Conor McGregor’s lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, the former UFC champion splashed out on his own private jet. Dubbed “Notorious Airways,” the plane carries more than 30 passengers as well as pilots and crew. Of course, McGregor ended up losing his inaugural boxing match to Mayweather, but that didn’t stop him reportedly raking in a nine-figure sum for his efforts. And in the time since then, he’s shared plenty of snaps of himself enjoying the Notorious Airways lifestyle – whether for business or pleasure.
10. Manny Pacquiao
Subtlety is apparently not Manny Pacquiao’s strong suit. Then again, the multi-talented boxer and politician has probably earned the right to adorn his jet with such ostentatious livery. Heck, he’s boxing’s sole world champion in eight divisions, having spread himself across multiple weight classes. And his current role as a senator in the Philippines is reportedly setting him up for a presidential candidacy, too. So, you can probably forgive Pacquiao for emblazoning his name and face on the side of his plane.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly a fan of the finer things in life – and he isn’t afraid to show off his wealth, either. After all, as of January 2018 he owned the costliest private jet of any soccer player, according to The Sun. The Juventus forward’s $36 million Gulfstream G650 seats almost 20 people and can reach speeds of more than 600 mph. And if that seems pricey even for a soccer superstar, Ronaldo apparently agrees; to make some of the money back, he rents out the plane for around $7,000 an hour.
8. Lionel Messi
Whether Lionel Messi is a better soccer player than Ronaldo is a hotly contested debate among fans. When it comes to the value of the pair’s respective private jets, though, there’s a clear winner. Messi lags just behind his fellow superstar, with his ride costing around $32 million. But his Embraer Legacy 650 is still a luxurious way to travel, with the jet boasting a top speed of 528 mph. It can also seat 14 people and store more than 1,000 kg of luggage, so the Barcelona captain will never have to fly solo.
7. Magic Johnson
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. travels in style in his post-basketball life. The ex-Lakers point guard owns a Gulfstream G-III, you see, aboard which he’s executed some landmark transactions – such as selling his stake in the Lakers, for instance. And the Hall of Famer has even flown players on the plane while arranging trades as part of his current role at the Lakers, where he’s now president of basketball operations. The jet’s tail number, meanwhile, is N32MJ, in honor of Johnson’s jersey number and initials.
6. Roger Federer
It’s hardly surprising that Roger Federer has his own private jet. After all, he’s one of the greatest tennis players in the world, holding numerous records. Among his many accolades are the greatest number of Wimbledon men’s titles, the joint-highest number of men’s Australian Open titles and the highest total of successive weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. All that and plenty of lucrative marketing deals have given the Swiss superstar a sizable fortune, making him the world’s best-paid tennis player. A private jet just seems like the obvious thing to spend the cash on, then.
5. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods may not be the golfer he once was – although his recent form indicates he’s getting back up there – but his incredible sporting legacy won’t be matched by many. And neither will the extravagance of his private jet, which is apparently worth around $54 million. Of course, Woods is one of the most profitable athletes of all time, so he can definitely afford to splash out. And that’s exactly what he did where his Gulfstream G550 is concerned. In fact, the astonishing aircraft can go for 7,500 miles without stopping, just in case Woods needs to take a direct trip from New York to Shanghai.
4. Bill Gates
With a personal net worth of around $116 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the wealthiest individual in the world – according to Bloomberg, anyway. Forbes claims, on the other hand, that the title is actually held by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos. Either way, you’re not likely to bump into Gates in the departure lounge. While he may have donated billions to charity, he still travels in his personal $19.5 million Bombardier BD-700 Global Express jet.
3. David Beckham
Retirement is treating David Beckham well, it appears. Yep, the legendary soccer player’s $450 million fortune only continues to rise, as his company DB Ventures Limited nets millions every year. With all that money to play with, then, it’s little surprise that Beckham owns a private jet. Specifically, he has a Bombardier Challenger 350 – the most popular business jet of recent times, which goes for around $24 million. And it can carry eight passengers at once, so there’s plenty of room for Victoria and the kids.
2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie doesn’t just own a private plane; she flies one. Yes, the movie star obtained her pilot’s license in 2004 after her eldest son, Maddox, expressed an interest in aviation. But Jolie’s maternal instincts apparently kicked in when choosing her own plane, as she opted for the very sensible Cirrus SR22-G2. The roughly $300,000 craft is packed with safety features, including a built-in parachute.
1. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the highest-earning actor in Hollywood, so it makes sense that he also owns one of the world’s most expensive – and according to him, fastest – private jets. His Gulfstream G650 is worth around $65 million, beating out pretty much every other aircraft on this list. And the former wrestler’s photos outside his ride – which he posts to his Instagram account – are almost as iconic as he is. To be fair, though, nobody who travels frequently wants to spend half their lives in airport terminals; and with his fortune, Johnson has the option not to.
When celebrities aren’t jetting through the skies or setting sail on the open seas, however, they’re relaxing in their plush homes. And just glancing at these magnificent abodes – all owned by some of the planet’s most famous faces – will probably make you green with envy. How the other half live, eh?
50. Sylvester Stallone
Considering that he’s built like a tank, it makes sense that Sylvester Stallone’s La Quinta pad is similarly sturdy. Sometime around 2010, the buff action hero bought this 5,000 sq ft desert home – which houses four bedrooms, wine room and spa – for $4.5 million. Since 2015 the Rambo movie star has been trying to sell the property. But despite being situated in a golfing community, the manor remains on the market.
49. Billy Joel
Situated in the Hamptons, New York’s swankiest community, Billy Joel’s former beachfront property has just about everything. Indeed, the $20 million mansion has four bedrooms, a recording studio and – naturally – a piano room. In fact, the only thing it lacks is a pool, but – with 145ft of private beach at its disposal – this is no problem whatsoever.
48. Steve Martin
Anyone with a passion for modern architecture should look no further than Steve Martin’s $11 million Montecito abode. Constructed in 1974, this striking semi-underground retreat feels like something out of a James Bond movie. And with four bedrooms spread over 7,400 sq ft as well as magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, it certainly has the goods to go with its looks.
47. Céline Dion
Let’s face it: who wouldn’t want to live in a giant water park? Not Céline Dion, who chose to turn her Florida home into a veritable aquatic arcadia. Now, the 20,000-square-foot property features water cannons and slides as well as two swimming pools. Nevertheless, such extravagance doesn’t come cheap – as evidenced by the mansion’s $38.5 million price tag.
46. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
After the success of A Quiet Place, the movie’s stars, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, have become quite the Hollywood power couple. And in 2018 fans got a peek at the pair’s home life when they put their Brooklyn townhouse on the market. The $6.5 million, 5,200-square-foot dwelling contains seven bedrooms, a parlor and plenty of outdoor space.
45. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Now perhaps the biggest action star of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger carved his place in movie history with hits such as The Terminator before moving on to a career in politics. His $11.9 million mansion in the heart of Brentwood, California, is just one sign of his success, and it features such amenities as a swimming pool and a tennis court spread over its 14,500-square-foot plot.
44. Steven Spielberg
Fittingly, Steven Spielberg’s LA home is steeped in cinematic history, as it once belonged to Cary Grant, among a host of other stars of the big screen. The director has made the property his own, however, since snapping it up for $6.5 million in the 1980s. He’s increased its size to 20,000 square feet, for instance, as well as adding his own amenities – including a TV room designed to resemble a Hobbit house.
43. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi
As stunning skylines go, the view from Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Beverly Hills abode can’t be beaten. And the $15 million mansion is well-equipped for long evenings outside, too, thanks to a sumptuous patio space and outdoor kitchen. The spacious bathrooms and exceptional master suite help make the home’s 5,100-square foot interior equally inviting, however.
42. Khloé Kardashian
Though she is arguably not quite as famous as her older sister Kim, Khloé Kardashian still maintains a lifestyle worthy of a queen. To wit, the reality star bought this 9,000-square-foot Calabasas estate from none other than Justin Bieber in 2014. The Spanish-style home – which reportedly set Kardashian back $7.2 million – features six bedrooms and a spacious pool.
41. Johnny Depp
If luxury mansions aren’t your style, however, then maybe islands float your boat instead. And if that’s the case, then you may envy Johnny Depp, who in 2004 bought the 45-acre Little Hall’s Pond Cay for the paltry sum of $3.6 million. Perhaps Depp practices his captaining skills when sailing to the Bahamian retreat, too…
40. Dwayne Johnson
As Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, Dwayne Johnson can easily afford the finer things in life. And certainly, his $4.5 million South Florida home is no exception, featuring every amenity the Fast Five star could want. Spread out over a massive 13,000 square feet, the magnificent mansion features a gym, swimming pool and home theater. It also has six bedrooms and seven baths.
39. Elton John
With its owner set to give up touring next year, Elton John’s luxury 5,000 sq ft Los Angeles estate serves as the perfect retirement pad. Dating back to 1966, this $7.2 million property features open space floor plans to suit the Rocketman’s love for hosting large gatherings. Moreover, a pool and hot tub provide additional space to entertain should the party go outside.
38. Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Although no one would expect Jay-Z and Beyoncé to live in squalor, the breadth of their Beverly Hills home is truly unbelievable. In fact, the 23,000-square-foot modernist property – which cost the pair a reported $85 million – features such amenities as a wine cellar and a huge garage with space in which to park 16 vehicles.
37. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has come a long way from her impoverished roots, it’s fair to say. After all, the billionaire media mogul has called this lavish 23,000-square-foot mansion in Montecito, California, her home since 2004. Nicknamed “The Promised Land,” the house is set within 42 pristine acres and allegedly cost the star $50 million. But if she were to ever get bored, Oprah has another six houses to choose from. Yes, that’s right: six.
36. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Why buy a house when you can build one to your exact tastes? That’s exactly what Will and Jada Pinkett Smith did when they commissioned architect Stephen Samuel to design this Malibu mansion. Built at a cost of $20 million and spanning 25,000 square feet, the home features tennis and basketball courts, horse-riding facilities and a private lake.
35. Tiger Woods
With a string of endorsement deals and tournament wins to his name, Tiger Woods is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes. And so naturally, the golf star can splash out on luxury homes like this $54.5 million Florida retreat. In addition to its own jetty, the lavish 9,700-square-foot estate features a four-green golf course on which Woods can practice his swing.
34. Ryan Seacrest
Formerly owned by Ellen DeGeneres, this luxury Beverly Hills pad is now the abode of fellow TV star Ryan Seacrest. The property – which was purchased in 2012 – covers 9,200 square feet and features not one, not two, but three adjoining guest houses. Unfortunately, though, thanks to its $37 million price tag, it’s a palace that only TV titans can afford.
33. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan’s Highland Park retreat – valued at around $15 million – is the perfect place for basketball enthusiasts. Besides featuring a regulation court within its 56,000-square-foot living space, the house has Jordan’s Chicago Bulls number 23 emblazoned on its gates. Surely this is to sports fans what Graceland is to music?
Rihanna is one of pop music’s hardest-working stars, but at least she has one hell of a pad to return to after packed months of touring. Located in her native Barbados, the $22 million estate boasts unbelievable views over the Caribbean Sea and comes equipped with an infinity pool and a two-deck pier. The 10,000-square-foot condo even has a 24-hour concierge service. We wonder how much “work, work, work” it took to buy this place.
31. Simon Cowell
Famed for his harsh reviews on American Idol and The X Factor, British music mogul Simon Cowell has a particularly impressive Beverly Hills property to call home. Designed by the impresario himself, the 9,335-square-foot estate – thought to be worth around $12 million – features a spa and a home theater system and took five years to build. Who knew being mean could pay off so well?
30. Denzel Washington
With two Oscars to his name, Denzel Washington is certainly one of Hollywood’s most respected stars. The Training Day star seemingly rewarded himself, then, with a luscious 28,880-square-foot mansion in the heart of Beverly Hills. Besides eight bedrooms and a whole lot of other amenities, the estate is also home to Washington’s production company, Mundy Entertainment.
29. Paul Simon
Purchased in 2002 for $16.6 million, Paul Simon’s ostentatious Connecticut cottage is a far cry from the humble folk rock that made its owner a household name. Originally built in 1938 this Georgian-style estate stretches out across 2,400 sq ft, boasts six bedrooms and a pool. And of course, it also features a recording studio in which Simon can cut his albums.
28. Taylor Swift
While most celebs appear to prefer the heat of Beverly Hills, Taylor Swift chose a more down-to-earth location for her dream home. Indeed, the “Out of the Woods” singer picked this 11,000-square-foot Rhode Island property as a retreat from the bright lights of Hollywood. In addition to its seclusion, the $17 million pad features a pool and spectacular ocean views.
27. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Good things come to those who wait, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have spent years perfecting their dream home. First purchased in 2014 for $20 million, the Hidden Hills estate spanning 15,667 square feet has cost the couple two years and $10 million in renovations. However, with luxuries such as a home spa, music studio and basketball court now at their disposal, it seems that their patience has paid off.
26. Britney Spears
Located in the Thousand Oaks area of California, Britney Spears’ beautiful 62,000-square-foot estate showcases the star’s extravagant lifestyle. For instance, the house features separate main and guest wings and bathrooms loaded with hot tubs. However, despite the home’s fine features, the Circus singer moved on in 2017, having sold the pad for a cool $7 million.
25. LeBron James
Ever since signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, LeBron James has called the nearby town of Akron his home. And while the 30,000-square-foot estate may be far from West Coast glamor, it nevertheless boasts all the comforts any NBA star could ask for, including an aquarium and bowling alley. Plus if that weren’t enough, the $9 million mansion also includes its very own casino.
24. Lil Wayne
Self-proclaimed “young money millionaire” Lil Wayne has a luxury home to match his swagger. Currently valued at $18 million, this fantastic Miami mansion spans 15,000 square feet and features, impressively, a skate park on the roof. However, while the park certainly is extravagant, we can’t help wondering if a half pipe would be safer on the ground.
23. Jennifer Lopez
Although she may still be “Jenny from the Block,” Jennifer Lopez’s swanky Bel Air pad is definitely a step up from her street-smart youth. The 14,000-square-foot mansion – bought from actress Sela Ward for $28 million in 2016 – dates back to the 1940s and features a vineyard, amphitheater with room for 100 people and infinity pool.
22. Matt Damon
Situated just a stone’s throw from downtown Miami, Matt Damon’s $15 million Florida getaway is perfect in terms of both location and amenities; there are a pool house and wine cellar on the grounds, after all. But there may be another reason why the Martian star had his eye on the 12,705-square-foot home: his best friend Ben Affleck once lived just down the road.
21. John Travolta
Few people would be willing to live near an airport, but airplane enthusiast John Travolta is a clear exception. In fact, the Grease star loves aviation so much that he built two runways at his Qantas mansion. Since 2002 the property, which comes equipped with a 16-car garage, has housed Travolta and his five privately owned aircraft
20. David and Victoria Beckham
As they also own property in London and the pretty English region of the Cotswolds, David and Victoria Beckham have their pick of places to call home. However, nothing quite beats the splendor of their 11,500-square-foot former villa in Beverly Hills. Sold in 2018 for a rumored $33 million, the mansion features six bedrooms as well as a pool and a library – which may very well host copies of the ex-Spice Girl and soccer star’s respective autobiographies.
19. Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
Between traversing the stars as Han Solo and raiding ancient tombs as Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford prefers to spend his downtime in quieter locations. Alongside his wife Calista Flockhart, the actor bought this $12.6 million Brentwood mansion in 2010. And while there are no treasure-filled catacombs across its 13,760 sq ft, the property does at least feature seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a separate cottage outside, complete with a screening room and guest accommodation.
18. Blake Shelton
Although Blake Shelton made his way to Nashville to chase a career in country music, he’s originally an Okie. And the star has not one but two properties in his home state, with both located close to Tishomingo, Oklahoma. There, Shelton owns both a 1,200-acre ranch and a separate compound that – thanks to its tiki huts – has more of a Hawaiian flavor.
17. Jane Fonda
With an estimated $200 million in the bank, Jane Fonda can practically have her pick of any house she chooses. Naturally, then, her former Beverly Hills mansion – which she sold in 2018 for $8.5 million – is quite a showstopper. A gym, a media room and a swimming pool are among the most enviable features of the 7,100-square-foot home.
16. Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe’s 3.4-acre Montecito estate has gone through many changes during the star’s residency. Since making his purchase in 2005, the Parks and Recreation star has brought in acclaimed designers to help the mansion – which includes a guesthouse and pavilion – reach its full glory. And thanks to Lowe’s efforts, in 2018 the home was estimated to be worth a jaw-dropping $47 million.
15. Kathie Lee Gifford
Originally constructed in 1998, Kathie Lee Gifford’s Key Largo pad is perfect for those with a penchant for sea views. Indeed, visitors to the eight-bedroom estate can look out to the Atlantic if they so wish. However, given the host of amenities spread throughout the home’s 11,400 square feet, the $10.5 million property is equally well-equipped for any rainy days.
14. Michael Phelps
Arizona may not be known for its bodies of water, but that hasn’t stopped Michael Phelps from calling the state his home. The Olympic swimmer purchased his Paradise Valley mansion back in 2015, with the property valued in 2018 at $4.15 million. The 6,010-square-foot abode comes with everything an athlete of his caliber could desire, too, including a swimming pool and sports center.
13. Tom Hanks
What could be more affluent than owning your own Pacific Palisades mansion? Well, if you’re Tom Hanks, the answer is clearly owning two Pacific Palisades mansions right next door to each other. Spanning a combined 11,300 sq ft, these homes – which boast amenities like a library, bar and billiard room – were purchased in the mid-2000s for $13.1 million in total.
12. Barack and Michelle Obama
Barack and Michelle Obama’s 8,200-square-foot home isn’t as opulent as their former residence, but it may be a welcome downgrade after life in the White House. The couple leased the Washington, D.C. estate in 2016 then snapped it up a year later for $8.1 million. And with Jeff Bezos living just down the road, the ex-president and First Lady are in suitably influential company.
11. Mark Zuckerberg
Despite being worth $52 billion, Mark Zuckerberg seems to prefer his real estate to be rather unflashy. A case in point is the entrepreneur’s Palo Alto homestead, which he bought in 2011 and appears somewhat unassuming from the outside. Nevertheless, an on-site pool, pavilion and spa all make the 5,600-square-foot property more than just a place to get away from Facebook HQ.
Adele has been rolling in the dough ever since she hit the big time with 2011 album 21. So, perhaps inevitably, the British songstress has found some suitably lavish spaces to call home. This massive 85-acre estate in West Sussex, England, housed the singer between 2011 and 2012, for example. And given the manor’s 13 bedrooms and indoor swimming pool, we wonder why she ever wanted to leave the estate, which was valued in 2018 at $9 million.
9. Richard Gere
Richard Gere’s 12-bedroom Hamptons home is any interior decorator’s dream. However, it’s the 6.3 acres of land in which the manor sits that really justifies the $36.5 million price tag. The estate also features a basketball court and swimming pool – not to mention a private jetty and beach well away from the prying lenses of the paparazzi.
8. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Perhaps you’d expect a metal icon such as Ozzy Osbourne to live in a Gothic cathedral. However, the star’s former Los Angeles home – which he shared with wife Sharon until 2013 – is altogether rather elegant. Indeed, the 10,950-square-foot villa – complete with a 19th-century chandelier – seems more fit for high society than for a fabled hell-raiser. However, the recording studio contained inside may have helped the rocker exorcise any demons.
7. Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen
Perhaps taking their cue from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen chose to create their Brookline, Massachusetts, abode from scratch at a cost of $4.5 million. Spanning more than 14,300 square feet, the custom residence contains five bedrooms, a library and a gym among its features.
6. Tommy Hilfiger
Not every luxury celebrity house needs to be a country estate, however. Tommy Hilfiger proves that, since his penthouse has every comfort a home requires – and it’s right in the middle of Manhattan, to boot. Given the pad’s luxe interior and prime location, then, it’s perhaps no surprise that the fashion designer wants an awful lot of money if he is ever to sell the 6,000-square-foot space: $50 million, to be exact.
5. Bill Gates
After buying a plot of land in Medina, Washington, for $2 million in 1988, Bill Gates worked hard to build his dream home. Seven years and $63 million later, then, and “Xanadu 2.0” had been transformed into a monument to the Microsoft founder’s success. Perhaps inevitably, there’s a fair share of tech in there too: the 66,000-square-foot mansion features ultra-modern temperature sensors and interactive digital artworks, for example.
4. Joel Osteen
Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Joel Osteen is loaded. And with an estimated $50 million bank balance, this televangelist can afford to live in accommodation that’s anything but modest. Reportedly worth $10.5 million, his two-acre estate in Houston boasts six bedrooms, a pool house, a huge driveway and no fewer than three lifts to carry you between floors.
3. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby lost more than just his freedom when he was convicted of indecent assault in 2018. To wit, the formerly beloved comedian called this Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts pad home before moving to SCI Phoenix to begin his three to ten-year prison stint. We’re guessing his current cell isn’t quite as lavish, but that’s no more than this disgraced star deserves.
2. Clint Eastwood
A longtime resident of Carmel in California, Clint Eastwood has many properties in the area. But none are as magnificent as his 22-acre Mission Ranch. Purchased in 1986 for $5 million, this historic site has been frequented by travelers like Robert Louis Stevenson – who set part of his Treasure Island in the surrounding area — and boasts incredible views of the California coast.
1. Hugh Hefner
Prior to his death in 2017, Hugh Hefner lived the life of a king in the Playboy Mansion. The name by which the legendary LA party den is popularly known rather ignores its sheer size, though, as the dwelling boasts 29 rooms spread over 21,900 square feet – making it more akin to a palace. And although the pad may now be owned by Daren Metropoulos – who handed over $100 million for the privilege – the house will spiritually always be Hef’s.