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2006-03-16 01:21:06 AM  
irishlad78: Oh yeah, by the way, the penis thing is a farking metaphor.

Oh...I always thought my penis thing was a farking appendage.
 
2006-03-16 01:22:55 AM  
According to the Springdale, Ark. police department, on April 4, 1989, Alice Walton struck a 50-year-old woman who walked into the path of her 1987 Porsche.No citations were issued to Walton, though the woman later died from her injuries.

This is why I want to be rich. Every time I get a ticket for Vehicular Manslaughter, I think "They wouldn't treat me this way if I was like Alice Walton!"
 
2006-03-16 01:27:16 AM  
I'm sorry, but the small cock thing does not apply to billionaires at all. When people spend all their money on a flashy car they have a small cock, however when you have a hojillion dollars you are buying a flashy car because why the fark not? If a billionaire goes for a $300,000 car instead of a $30,000, it'd as comparable of a decision as whether or not I wanted to supersize my Big Mac meal.

/hate McDonalds
 
2006-03-16 01:28:16 AM  
thornhill: "When you're a billionaire, you spend a hundred million dollars to build a costume home."


Wow, I've heard of summer homes, winter homes and vacation homes, but never a Haloween home. Now THAT's rich!
 
2006-03-16 01:30:19 AM  
irishlad78

the Boxster is a pretty pedestrian car, not exactly a 911 Turbo or the GT2 or GT3 911 models. And it definitely isn't a Carerra GT.

As for the 959 thing, pretty sad the US won't except Euro crash certification results even though Euro crash testing is more comprehensive than US testing. And any car like that is designed to make sure you walk away from a 150 mph wreck, because they know someone will wreck it at 150 mph. Or more.
 
2006-03-16 01:34:20 AM  
Bootysama: t'd as comparable of a decision as whether or not I wanted to supersize my Big Mac meal.

I just did the math (very roughly) and cried a little actually. If I supersize my fries it actually costs me like 100 times more in my percentage of net worth than for them to buy an exotic car.
 
2006-03-16 01:36:45 AM  
I am almost a billionare, so some of the messages in this usenet bulletin board amuse me. Some of you act like you know what you are taking about, but believe me, you don't. Apparently farkers will believe anything you tell them, so be careful.
 
2006-03-16 01:41:26 AM  
I just did the math (very roughly) and cried a little actually. If I supersize my fries it actually costs me like 100 times more in my percentage of net worth than for them to buy an exotic car.

Haha, sucks to be you. Oh... crap... damn you Bootysama!
 
2006-03-16 01:44:21 AM  
Separated at birth:

nmxs-images.forbesautos.comwww.belgarath.net
 
2006-03-16 01:46:30 AM  
jslicer

Only problem, Ferengis have a better code of ethics than Microsoft. Hell they have a code of ethics period.
 
2006-03-16 01:48:32 AM  
This is kind of silly. Expensive or performance cars aren't everyone's cup of tea, so why does Forbes Magazine believe should we be surprised that billionaires don't spend scads of money on things that don't really give them that much pleasure?

When I needed a racketball racket to play with my husband, I bought the cheapest one at Target they had in stock because I don't like the sport enough to play it often, and I don't appreciate good, quality equipment. When I wanted a new set of irons, I bought myself Calloway Big Berthas. I love golf, the clubs are terrific and bring me a lot of pleasure, and I appreciate them. Could I have spent a lot more money on my racketball racket? Sure, but why? It wouldn't have made me happier. Same principal here, just a grander scale. Some of them have ho-hum cars and choose to blow their money on the things that give them the most pleasure. No surprises here, Forbes.
 
2006-03-16 01:55:34 AM  
Was anyone else thinking of the Batmobile when they first saw this headline?
 
2006-03-16 02:06:12 AM  
Damn good point, cargrrl82. Another difference is one has Odo looking over his shoulder to make sure he isn't up to no good, the other has Bill Gates looking over his shoulder to make sure he is up to no good.
 
2006-03-16 02:21:10 AM  
DEATHMAMMY

That's being slightly misleading. American car manufacturers still have far more to do with the United States than any foreign brands, with the vast majority of the engineering, design and supplier work being done stateside. Kia may employ 2500 people in Georgia, but the design, styling, contract work, and a lot of the parts manufacturing was done in Korea. By Koreans. A lot more is involved in the process than having a couple southernors slap together a vehicle that's otherwise completely foreign.
 
2006-03-16 02:23:41 AM  
You know what I would do if I had that much money? I'd get a medium-sized house in the middle of nowhere, on a huge plot of land. I would read a lot, fart around im my vegetable garden, and have sex with my wife. I'd get naked and shoot large firearms off my porch. I'd smoke bud, and drink good sippin' whiskey when I wasn't riding horses. I would drive a 20 foot long convertable with a big block, when I felt like driving at all. I would not have children, and when I die, all my money would go towards the Humane Society and alternative energy research.

I'm pretty easy to please. That would be pretty much my perfect life... how about yours?
 
2006-03-16 02:31:07 AM  
Tourney3p0.. your post cracked me the fark up.
 
2006-03-16 02:45:01 AM  
Figures that the Dell guy would drive an H2 -- it's possibly the only thing more overhyped for its quality than a Dell PC.
 
2006-03-16 02:45:46 AM  
Wasn't Forbes' slogan something like:

Forbes: for Capitalist Tools

???
 
2006-03-16 02:59:40 AM  
lilywhyte: Figures that the Dell guy would drive an H2 -- it's possibly the only thing more overhyped for its quality than a Dell PC.

Ha! Ha! What a piece!
 
2006-03-16 03:05:44 AM  
Tourney3p0
Not a fan of Porsches or Hummers, so I'm not defending them.

I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that a billionaire can have literally anything in this world that they want. In the meantime, you drive a Geo Metro. Your best friend Stony backed into it once with his Pinto, putting a pretty unsightly dent in both your cars. Itt was a real shame because you had just went through the hassle of getting it insured. What are the odds that after owning the car for 8 years, you'd finally have a wreck a few weeks after splurging on insurance.

Anyway, I digress. You're absolutely right. It must really suck to be them, with their small cocks.


It's a 2000 Passat wagon 1.8T, loaded and paid for in cash. It's really just a ride, but I haul lots of equipment around so the wagon's nice like that.

Sometimes I like to look out the window at my Jetta and think to myself, "In 38 more payments, that baby will be mine." It gives a large-penised man a real sense of security, of accomplishment. At times I like to coat my piles of Natty Light cans with vaseline, and just rub my huge penis all over them. That's security folks.

Ah, I see your problem now, you're an idiot. Try working on that.
 
2006-03-16 03:18:02 AM  
what about the 1986 Trophy Wife? I hear they have a smooth ride.
 
2006-03-16 03:42:27 AM  
If I had that much money, I'd every single model Corvette of every engine size. Ever.

And I'd drive the fark out of them.

Every damn one of them.
 
2006-03-16 03:45:24 AM  
DEATHMAMMY
At least they drive American.

Well, it's not that surprising. Billionaires wouldn't care much about reliability, so who needs a Honda?

All of us real folks would have ditched the 15 MPG 1993 Volvo because it needs new tires, an alternator, etc. These guys probably have a maintenance guy check the cars out every couple weeks.

/Yes, I know Volvo is not American, but it's of the same ilk, maintenance-wise
 
2006-03-16 03:45:56 AM  
I'd BUY, dammit BUY!!!
I read, and re'read it over and over again.
Then it posted...
wtf, over?
 
2006-03-16 03:51:23 AM  
These guys have no taste. Not that I do either, but I'll go for a safe car any day. Unless I'm farking rich. Which I guess is the point of this whole thing. In which case I'd get a safe car and and flashy car. Dunno what one though. Whatever looks the coolest to me. But whatever. In the mean time, a Camry is for me.
 
2006-03-16 04:20:39 AM  
The Hypnotoad: This is kind of silly. Expensive or performance cars aren't everyone's cup of tea, so why does Forbes Magazine believe should we be surprised that billionaires don't spend scads of money on things that don't really give them that much pleasure?

Good point. These people have other priorities than the ones we see in "Cribs".
 
2006-03-16 04:57:19 AM  
thornhill:Feh. I think I'm not alone in saying that I would take Michael Dell's money and his small penis over your phallus and Jetta with 38 more payments to go any day of the week.

Maybe you can use the money to buy yourself a sense of humor.
 
2006-03-16 05:13:14 AM  
TimBilly: All of us real folks would have ditched the 15 MPG 1993 Volvo because it needs new tires, an alternator, etc. These guys probably have a maintenance guy check the cars out every couple weeks.

/Yes, I know Volvo is not American, but it's of the same ilk, maintenance-wise


---

You're an idiot.

Oh wait, you said 1993. Maybe you're right, that is about when Volvos started to go south. But still, it's debatable.

Pre-1990 Volvos were sturdy, safe, reliable, and slow as hell. But they didn't break down, and they couldn't have guzzled that much gas, with the weak engines they had. At least mine didn't.
 
2006-03-16 05:18:57 AM  
what about the 1986 Trophy Wife? I hear they have a smooth ride.

God damn, motherfarker! That's what I call livin'!
 
pla
2006-03-16 05:42:53 AM  
Okay, hate to play the grammar-nazi, but Forbes nees to biatch-slap its editors into grovelling submission to the rules of the English language.

"Top 10 Vehicles Owned by Billionaires" does not mean the same thing as "Vehicles Owned by Top 10 Billionaires" - The latter of which better describes the article.

Hang your head in shame, Nate Chapnick!
 
2006-03-16 05:44:52 AM  
No mention of Ted Turner's 2001 Ford Taurus?
 
2006-03-16 05:51:50 AM  
One nice takeaway from that link. I hadn't really noticed Porsche's supercar before. Now, if I see one on the road, at least I'll know what it is I'm holding up in traffic.

www.forbesautos.com
 
zz9
2006-03-16 06:45:52 AM  
I know someone worth $100million or more, and he drives a fifteen year old Land Rover Discovery. But bought a $20000 piano because he "thought it would look nice in the living room". No one in the family plays.

Some people just aren't into cars, though the driver of the old Volvo pisses me off. At that age it costs more to run than a brand new one, so keeping it is a PR gesture.
 
2006-03-16 07:02:27 AM  
These guys all own a lot more cars than they have listed.

Bill Gates is a certified car nut, I'm sure he has some of the ultimate metal, but they are probably registered under a different company.

It was a big deal to get the 959's here though. The newest 997 Turbo S will outperform it.
 
2006-03-16 07:02:56 AM  
Millionaires generally drive unglamorous older cars and often buy them used. These billionaires are former millionaires.
The average car payment today is $378 a month. Invest that for 30 years and youll have 2-4 million dollars.
Most millionaires have good common sense that makes them make decisions like this that make them rich.
 
2006-03-16 07:19:06 AM  
2006 Rolls-Royce Phantom
A glimpse inside Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud's garage reveals a vehicular absurdity: parked next to two Daewoo Matiz are two Rolls-Royce Phantoms.

Insanely rich Sultan enjoys Korean fun micro car.
(Don't try to bring one into America, such fun, small, cheap, economical high-mileage cars are illegal in the USA, now get back in your SUV and shut up)

988 Porsche 959 Coupe
Billionaire Paul Allen can be found cruising the autobahn in his 1988 Porsche 959 Coupe. Originally, Allen planned to drive his Porsche on American soil, but stringent emissions standards and crash-test ratings kept it impounded in customs.

"Stringent standards?"
Stringent Standards my ass.

It should have read "The Bastards @ customs wouldn't let him bring in his Euro-spec Porsche because they are bastards and had to remind him that he lives not in a free country, and his decisions in what cars he drives will be made for him by big brother.

Porsche- best engineered, best made car in world-
US customs with IQ at near retarded levels deem his Porsche 'unacceptable to US standards"
 
zz9
2006-03-16 07:27:17 AM  
Insanely rich Sultan enjoys Korean fun micro car.
(Don't try to bring one into America, such fun, small, cheap, economical high-mileage cars are illegal in the USA, now get back in your SUV and shut up)

Just don't ever be in an accident while driving one. There would be nothing left of you or the car. Fred Flintstones car had more crumple zones.
 
2006-03-16 07:33:36 AM  
CanSomeonePleaseKilltheChristmasShoes:
There's a long standing fued between the US gov't and Porsche about the 959. Back when it was originally made, Porsche made ~200 of them and sold them for $500k each. Rumor has it that including development costs it ended up costing Porsche $1 million each to make the cars so they were selling them at a huge loss. The US Gov't wanted 4 of them to crash test before they would allow it to be sold in the US. Porsche didn't want to sacrifice $4 million in cars that they were only going to make 200 of so they told the US to go fark itself and sold the cars to the ROW only. Because of this, the 959 was banned from US soil. Only recently has it become legal to have one on the roads. Previously you'd have to import one as a SCCA race car and could only have it for 5 years over here.
 
2006-03-16 07:37:01 AM  
Boo Radley: Wow, Buffet, Kamprad and Ballmer stand out in this crowd of insecure small-cocks, Ms. Walton included.

Kamprad must have the biggest dick ever.
 
DGK
2006-03-16 07:37:29 AM  
pavinrtheway:
Either you are investing in the next Amazon.com or you suck at math.
 
2006-03-16 07:42:35 AM  
zz9:

I know someone worth $100million or more, and he drives a fifteen year old Land Rover Discovery. But bought a $20000 piano because he "thought it would look nice in the living room". No one in the family plays.

Same here, richest dude I know (maybe not as rich as your dude, but maybe is?) has no flashy cars at all, was driving plain-Jane Chrysler K-car type ingognito mobile- upgraded to new US car but no Mercedes, no Maybach nothing.

pavinrtheway:

Millionaires generally drive unglamorous older cars and often buy them used. These billionaires are former millionaires.
The average car payment today is $378 a month. Invest that for 30 years and youll have 2-4 million dollars.


Could you give me specifics on how to do this?
Do you mean Invest it while you're an inversting expert and already rich anyway?

zz9:

Insanely rich Sultan enjoys Korean fun micro car.
(Don't try to bring one into America, such fun, small, cheap, economical high-mileage cars are illegal in the USA, now get back in your SUV and shut up)

Just don't ever be in an accident while driving one. There would be nothing left of you or the car. Fred Flintstones car had more crumple zones.


You are projecting your opinions on the safety level of Korean micro car onto me. If this were a free country (which it is not) I would be able to make my car decisions based on my opinions, and you could enjoy your safe car based on your decisions.

Instead, others make my decisions for me (I'm not laying this on you).

But I do pray that there is a special place in Hell for everyone who has stripped me of any and all my freedoms, "for my own good."
 
2006-03-16 07:52:03 AM  
DGK

Either you are investing in the next Amazon.com or you suck at math.

If you stick 4K/yr in a ROTH IRA for 40 yrs and it gets an average annual return of 8% you'll have slightly over a million (tax free!) at the 40th year. Long term the stock market gives an average of 10% a year.
 
2006-03-16 07:59:29 AM  
The rich just love their sedans

www.industrymailout.net
 
DGK
2006-03-16 08:06:17 AM  
AnyName:
true, but the statement made was 30 years and 2-4 million. I agree with the idea that a little money saved up each month adds up to quite a bit over the years especially if you add in the interest. I just think that alot of people look at 8% or 10% as not enough to bother with and don't save at all. Put the other way alot of people look at a car loan at 7% and think its cheap because its "only 7%". If you add up the interest you pay on the home loan/car loan/credit cards you realize your better off not taking money from banks/cc companies.

I went off on a tangent here - I am tired and going to bed.
 
2006-03-16 08:06:28 AM  
Pah, these guys are all amateurs when it comes to cars.

The Sultan of Brunei [pops] has a mental collection of cars.

The maddest ones being the one off custom ones he's had made for him.

The Bentley Dominator (Basically a Bentley but with all the off-road running gear from a Range Rover in it)

The Ferrari 456 GTA Venice Sedan & Estate (yes, thats right, he had them make an estate and a sedan versions of the 456, he also had them make a convertible version)
 
2006-03-16 08:06:50 AM  
378 a month for 30 years at a generous 10% interest would be about 780,000 dollars. A good chunk of change, and nicely illustrates how buying a new car every 4 years affects your wealth, but hardly a 2-4 million.
 
2006-03-16 08:10:26 AM  
The Millionaire Next Door (Paperback)
by Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko

Good read.
 
2006-03-16 08:11:51 AM  
DGK

I agree his numbers were optomistic but I wanted to point out that if you start early it's easy to plan for retirement. If you work for a company with a 401k max it out!!

/Started early
 
2006-03-16 08:25:33 AM  
AnyName

If you stick 4K/yr in a ROTH IRA for 40 yrs and it gets an average annual return of 8% you'll have slightly over a million (tax free!) at the 40th year.

Since you're contributions are post-tax I'm not sure tax free is appropriate.
 
2006-03-16 08:36:22 AM  
Mark Galvan

OK, you'll have about 840,000 tax free plus the 160,000 you invested.
 
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