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10. Luis Carlos de Noronha Cabral de Camara was the illegitimate son of an unloving, uncaring aristocrat mother in Portugal. He never found happiness despite his pedigree and all his wealth. He finally drank himself to death in 2007, and left a bizarre will — his entire fortune would be split among 70 people he had randomly picked from a phone book.
9. When brothers Maurice and Harrold King took up life at an Alberta, Canada, ranch, they had little more than $5 between them. They lived without electricity or indoor plumbing, but their shrewd business sense allowed them to flourish during the Great Depression, and even sparked such rumors as them serving guests water with mice floating in it and eating mice sandwiches. But many of those rumors were later dispelled. When they died in the mid-90s, they were worth $6 million.
8. For four years, an overnight visitor left a special gift at the front door for businesses in a shopping strip in New South Wales, Australia. It was human feces. Obviously, the owners of the businesses were appalled at the behavior of someone doing that. Finally, one business installed a surveillance camera and caught the person doing his business for the businesses. He would lower his pants, squat and defecate. It was Salvatore “Sam” Cerreto, who was a millionaire. He was charged with obscene exposure and offensive behavior.
7. Millionaire Graham Pendrill, of Almondsbury, England, went on month-long vacation in Kenya and came back home as the Masai tribe’s elder. He earned this dintinction by settling a dispute between two tribes. After returning home, his lifestyle just didn’t feel right any more, so he decided to sell his mansion and all his belongings… then return to Kenya to serve as the elder for the Masai tribe and live in a mud hut.
6. In 2013, an extremely wealthy Brazilian businessman caught the attention of millions when he said on Facebook he was going to bury his $400,000 Bentley so he would be able to drive it in the afterlife. The 62-year-old said he was inspired to do this because the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs would have their most prized possessions buried with them when they left this world so they could then use those possessions on the other side. But just before the date he said he would drop his car in the grounds of his estate, he held a press conference with a banner behind him reading: “It’s absurd to bury something much more valuable than a Bentley: Your organs.” He then held up a card reading: I am an organ donor. He said, “Nothing is more valuable. Be a donor, tell your family.”
5. Real land is valuable. Now, even fake, online gaming land is valuable. Ailin Graef is a former Chinese language teacher who, since joining the online game called “Second Life” in 2004, has built up a massive property empire. Her avatar buys large chunks of land, improves them and sell them to others. She has amassed more than 300 million game dollars. But those game dollars can be exchanged for REAL money, at the rate of 275 game dollars to 1 real dollar…. making her a REAL millionaire.
4. Jack Ma founded Alibaba in 1999. And it’s worth $230 billion, making him China’s richest man. But he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a rich man. He appears on stages in glam rock gear. He performs mass weddings for his employees. And he sings “You Are So Beautiful” to crowds. Before he founded Alibaba, he was turned down for several jobs, including making meals at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
3. A very wealthy man died in Brooklyn. In his will, he expressed the desire for his 71 pair of trousers to be sold at auction, and only one pair was to be sold to each bidder. After the pants were sold, one curious buyer examined them and found sewn in a bag in the waistband 10 100 dollar bills. As word of this spread, other buyers found the same in the pants they bought. The wealthy man’s family, however, was given nothing.
2. Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, 63, has put his name Hamad so large in the sands of the island he owns, that it can be seen from space. The word measures a thousand meters high and is two miles long from the H to the D. It’s the Al Futaisi island, so you might wanna check it out on Google map. He has also constructed the world’s largest truck AND a motor home shaped like a globe that is exactly one-millionth the size of the actual earth. The song “Too Much Time on My Hands” comes to mind here.
1. Billionaire Nicholas Berggruen doesn’t own or rent a house. He has no car or even a watch. What he DOES have he carries around in a paper bag. But when he travels the world to acquire more companies and properties, he stays at the most expensive hotels. He buys handmade shirts that are monogrammed with his initials… then he will wear one constantly until it falls apart. But a few years ago he admitted he was bored with being a billionaire. So he has literally been given away chunks of his money. Says Nicholas: “I felt I was owned by possessions. Possessing things is not that interesting. Living in a grand environment to show myself and others that I have wealth has zero appeal.”
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