10 Surprising Facts About the World’s Billionaires
Billionaire they may be, but these surprising facts prove that just like us, they are also humans capable of keeping both the most beautiful and the most astounding truths.
The main thing these billionaires had in common is they all lived a really long time and ended up needing long term care services. Since wealthy people can get the best medical care they on average live longer than most. The prolonged age leads to them needing long-term care later in life. Having billions of dollars affords them to simply pay for their care, but most Americans don’t have that luxury and don’t have long term care insurance. Long Term Care Insurance is designed to pay for the high cost of care that people face in their old age.
Completing the list of billionaires who are over 90 years old, the 99-year-old David Rockefeller’s main source of wealth comes from the banking and oil industry. Being the world’s oldest billionaire by turning 100 in June 2015, David Rockefeller’s wealth greatly superseded that of his other siblings and family members. But if you think the good old billionaire doesn’t have hobbies, you got it all wrong. In fact, he is known to have a collection of beetles that reaches approximately 160,000. Quite a fascination, isn’t it?
Once a person and family obtain wealth up to a certain point they begin looking for ways to give back to the world and tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. In America we are a greying nation and the need for long-term care services for seniors is a huge problem because the care can be so costly. the Rockefeller family set up an organization called the Rockefeller Institute of Government at New York University and have some unique incites on ways to tackle the problem of Americans not having long term care insurance. This type of insurance can be researched in a number of ways and https://www.ltctree.com/long-term-care-insurance/ is a site we found that gives a good lay of the land.
If you think cosmetic surgery is always on our side, think again. This Swiss socialite is rumored to spend millions of dollars to have feline-like features to please her husband, Alec Wildenstein, who loves exotic wild cats. Nonetheless, the multi-million cosmetic surgery did not please Alec. In fact, he was caught sleeping with a 19-year-old Russian model. Jocelyn received an astounding 2.5 billion dollars for their divorce settlement, with an extra allowance of $100 million every year for 13 years. She has done so much work on herself that she may end up needing long term care insurance. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures.html
Being an investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal does not make Peter Thiel take his eyes off his rather eccentric goals. Included in his to-do list is the search for the key to human immortality, artificial intelligence, and the creation of oceangoing floating cities. He is firm in his belief that these are important for the sustenance of the human species. Thiel will never long for money so he won’t ever need to buy long-term care insurance.
It would be an embarrassment to scratch Clive Palmer off our list, especially since he is most famous for his grandiose ideologies. This Australian businessman/billionaire had been reported to plan the cloning of dinosaurs to lure more guests into his 5-star resort. When it didn’t work, he customized around a hundred animatronic dinosaurs to make sure his guests in the resort would not be left disappointed. His latest project? A replica of Titanic. This is expected to be completed in the year 2016. Palmer will never need long term care insurance since he has so much money but he has considered using his influence to develop programs that can help the average people maybe even pay the long term care insurance premiums.
Nobody is perfect—not even millionaires. This is exactly what we can learn from Silvio Berlusconi, an Italian billionaire who faces extreme charges that include fraudulence. But despite being proven guilty in some cases, the most controversial case against Silvio is having sex with an underage prostitute famously known as “Ruby the Heartstealer”. But even though this man has a bucket-full of charges, he still has a spot on our list of billionaires because of his major stakes in some of the most successful businesses in Italy.
Having the freedom to live your life to the fullest is the most priceless thing on earth, except for Robert Durst who seems to be successful in putting a price on freedom. This billionaire has had a very traumatic childhood as he witnessed his mother commit suicide when he was just 7 years old. It seems that this has really taken a toll on Robert as his wife went missing in the year 1982—and yes, her body was left unfound. When the case was re-opened, Susan Berman, a friend of Robert and a possible witness for the case, has been shot to death. This didn’t stop there as the floating body parts of his old neighbor were found in Galveston Bay. Nonetheless, Robert has been acquitted of murder, thanks to his defense lawyer, Dick DeGuerin. He might be free to roam around in the streets, but he is now surrounded by terrified neighbors who are keeping a close watch on him.
This might sound a little strange, but do you know that one billionaire is named God? With a real-time net worth of around $4.3 billion, the business tycoon is really taking Moscow by storm. Now, we can say that God is one of us.
There is nothing wrong with frugality, and that is definitely one lesson we can learn from Ingvar Kamprad—one of the richest men in the world. He may be the founder of IKEA and he may be earning more than what he can spend, but this man really knows how to value every cent. In fact, he uses public transportation, recycles tea bags, and takes home pepper and salt from restaurant chains. To top it off, his very modest home is paired with his 20-year-old Volvo. Beat that!
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
Love is the most splendid thing on earth—and yes, it sometimes comes with a cost. This is particularly true in the case of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, who chose to give up her wealth by giving her 6 children their early inheritance. This is to prove that her wedding with 61-year-old Alfonso Diaz Carrabantes has nothing to do with any of her money. Crazy it may seem, but this 81-year-old duchess is a living testament to the power of love.
Robert Klark Graham
Ending our list is the revolutionary Rober Klark Graham. The late optometrist is known for creating shatter-proof glasses. But even though this is already a great contribution to the world, he didn’t stop there. In fact, he created his own sperm bank which gave life to about 217 children. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to receive all the recognition he truly deserved because he died in the most unusual way. He accidentally slipped into his bathtub, got unconscious, and drowned himself to death. But even so, his legendary work outlives this tragic incident. Graham had family who needed long-term care but since they were part of the Graham family they never needed to buy long-term care insurance. They however used their influence to promote long-term care awareness.
This list may be a mix of the good and the bad and the naughty and the nice, but it is absolute proof that billionaire or not, we all possess our own eccentricity.