Celebrities with huge disposable incomes have long been known to dump money on some less than practical things. For example, when Mike Tyson was at the height of his fame, he purchased two very expensive cats. That might sound pretty normal to you, but these weren’t just any cats. Thinking Persians or Sphinxes? Nope. He bought two pet tigers. For what reason he did this is beyond anyone’s realm of thinking.
Since we love to see celebrities blow money on junk that they don’t really need, we thought you might enjoy it as well, so we created this list for you. A couple of the items are pretty cool, but most are utterly pointless. Either way, you have to appreciate the comedy in frivolous spending.
Have you ever wanted to buy your favorite singer’s clothing or a bunch of fast food restaurants? Or have you ever just wanted to get away from it all and head out into outer space? These celebrities have beaten you to the punch, and that’s just a small sample of what we have in store for you. Here are 10 stupidly expensive things purchased by celebrities.
#10 – Diamond Encrusted Barbie (Beyonce Knowles)
If you have a daughter, there’s a good chance that you bought her a Barbie at a young age, since the doll has been a staple of American pop culture for decades. Beyonce didn’t want to hit up the local Walmart to buy just any Barbie for her baby girl. Instead, she went all out to get her daughter, Blue Ivy, a custom Barbie for her first birthday.
It was reported that the doll cost Beyonce $85,000, since it was covered with more than 150 gems and etched in white gold. Some say that Barbie sets an unrealistic body type for young women, but diamond encrusted Barbie sets a completely unobtainable look. That’s a lot of money to spend on something that a toddler is just going to drool all over anyways.
#9 – Sonogram Machine (Tom Cruise)
Tom Cruise has always been known for being a bit crazy, especially when it came to his ex-wife Katie Holmes (remember the whole jumping on Oprah’s couch thing?) Cruise took his craziness up a notch when he reportedly payed $200,000 for a sonogram machine while Holmes was pregnant. That seems like a lot of cash to us, but not to Cruise, who happens to be one of the richest actors in the world.
Sonograms produce an ultrasound of a baby, which should only be used in small doses. Cruise wanted to monitor his baby whenever he felt like it, which many doctors believe could have put his unborn baby at risk. Cruise sustained his reputation of not listening to experts and doing things on his own accord. Thankfully, the baby (Suri) was healthy at birth, but we are concerned for Suri’s mental health since Tom Cruise is her father.
#8 – Trip To Outer Space (Katy Perry)
Katy Perry has a reputation for being a bit odd, but she’s still not nearly as crazy as Tom Cruise. Still, both of these celebrities had short lived marriages. When Perry’s ex-husband, Russell Brand, was turning 35, she wanted to surprise him with a nice gift. Instead of buying something tangible, Perry paid to send Brand into outer space. That should have been a sign that the relationship wouldn’t last.
Richard Branson is a billionaire who owns a spacecraft called the Virgin Galactic. You can catch a ride on it, but it will cost you $200,000. That’s a pretty hefty price tag, but you get to see most of Earth among the stars, plus you get to float around. Unlike regular flights, the flight attendants on board actually encourage you to unbuckle your seat belt when you get to the highest altitude.
#7 – Waterfall (Angelina Jolie)
Remember that TLC song about not chasing waterfalls? Angelina Jolie really took that message to heart and took the waterfall with her. She wanted to give her husband, Brad Pitt, something special for his 48th birthday and it had to be something to do with his love of architecture.
Not only did Jolie buy a waterfall for Brad, but also the property that was on top of it, which she turned into a home. The home was almost an exact replica of the one that Frank Lloyd Wright had built on top of a waterfall in Pennsylvania. Pitt was pretty pumped to get a gift this impressive. He better have returned the favor on Jolie’s next birthday.
#6 – Michael Jackson’s Clothes (Lady Gaga)
There’s no doubt that Michael Jackson was the king of pop during his time. Lady Gaga has always been a fan of the late singer, so she ended up buying some memorabilia from his estate after he passed away. Gaga didn’t just buy a couple of signed CD’s either, she went all out and bought Jackson’s clothes. I guess as one of the richest gay people in the world, she can certainly afford to splurge every now and then.
The wardrobe that Gaga purchased wasn’t limited to just jeans and t-shirts, but instead included a jacket that the singer wore during the “Bad” tour, which cost nearly a quarter million. Gaga also bought Jackson’s iconic crystal glove (which came with a second glove that we never saw him wear) for $100,000. All we know is that if you pay six figures for gloves, they better help you climb walls and shoot lasers.
#5 – Range Rover For Dogs (Miley Cyrus)
The love that some people have for their dogs can get a bit extreme at times. Miley Cyrus has also known to be a tad extreme, so it’s not that surprising what she bought for her two dogs. While most people spoil their pooches with new toys or a treats, Miley decided to go into a whole other level of love. The singer bought her dogs a Range Rover that was estimated at over six figures.
Since dogs can’t drive (yet), Miley and her people drive them around. The Range Rover is not for everyday cruising, but instead is only used to take her dogs for a ride. This might be a form of animal cruelty if she makes her dogs listen to her CD’s on repeat in their vehicle. Those poor dogs have probably seen more twerking than any living being should see in a lifetime.
#4 – T-54 Soviet Tank (Brad Pitt)
When you think of movies that had a massive amount of potential but couldn’t quite live up to the hype, one of the first ones in recent memory is “World War Z”. Pitt and the other actors were able to take home an item from the set of the movie. Pitt’s choice for his souvenir was a T-54 Soviet Tank.
The tank was fully operational and Pitt paid a huge amount to get it shipped out to his home in southern California. A tank would be a great form of stress relief if you are having a rough day. Imagine being able to just go out to your garage, hop in your tank, and start shooting down trees. Just don’t take it off of your property, or it might turn into a “Grand Theft Auto” situation. Now Pitt’s set if there ever is a zombie apocalypse for real.
#3 – 10 Burger King Franchises (Kanye West)
Kim Kardashian has a famous backside. Many people can’t fathom how she got such a big butt. Perhaps her secret is in her fondness of the fast food restaurant Burger King. We’re not sure how much Kim truly loves Whoppers, but Kanye West must have heard her mention it at least once because he bought her 10 Burger Kings as a wedding present.
$7.5 million was the price tag for the Burger King locations that were scattered across Europe. It’s a weird wedding present, but someone told Kanye that they could be pretty successful. Could you imagine being a 16 year old working at Burger King and the boss shows up? It can be pretty nerve-racking, but just imagine if that boss is Kanye West.
#2 – Walnut Farm (James Cameron)
When you have made the two movies that have grossed more money than all of the other films in history, you have a few bucks to play around with. James Cameron already owned a farm in New Zealand (since he loves nature and preserving it) and one day he noticed a walnut farm nearby that he just had to have. Cameron opened up his checkbook and soon the walnut farm was all his.
Cameron loves New Zealand, which is a great place to shoot movies, and he now owns more than $20 million in property in the small country. At 2,500 acres, that’s a nice little chunk of New Zealand. Walnuts are delicious, but how much would you be willing to spend on a farm to grow your own? Where does Cameron even find the time to tend to his new walnut farm? These are the questions that unfortunately don’t have answers.
#1 – Race Horse (Jay-Z)
In 2014, the horse racing world was taken by storm thanks to California Chrome, the horse that almost won the first triple crown since Affirmed did in 1978. Even though Chrome came up short, he still became an incredibly popular horse with an enormous price tag. As one of the richest rappers in music history, Jay-Z has been known for his lavish purchases.
California Chrome went up for sale, since horse racing careers are quite short lived. Jay-Z handed over $55 million to get the famous pony. While that might seem like a ridiculous purchase, it’s actually an investment. While Chrome is not going to win any more races in the big time, he can still be used as a stud (for breeding). It would be fun if Jay-Z planned on racing the horse himself in a few races, but we probably won’t be seeing that happen.
So what is the most ridiculous thing you have ever purchased? Was it anywhere in the neighborhood of $55 million? We’d love to hear about it!