The most unusual, extravagant ways tech executives like Elon Musk have spent their money
- Tech executives like Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk have found unusual ways to spend their billions.
- Elon Musk bought the submarine car from "The Spy Who Loved Me," while Jeff Bezos dredged pieces of the Apollo 12 engine from the bottom of the Atlantic.
- Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison owns 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
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If you're among the richest people in the world, chances are you've found some unusual ways to spend your money.
That's what tech executives like Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk have done, anyway — they've spent money on everything from a massive chunk of the state of Hawaii to the submarine car from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Some tech billionaires are famously frugal, while others spend money on more conventional expenditures like mansions or fabulous vacations. And while the tech billionaires featured below own their fair share of homes and yachts — plus found time for more noble pursuits like donating to charity or signing the Giving Pledge — they've also used their billions to pursue passion projects.
Here are some of the more unusual and extravagant ways tech executives have spent their money.
Ellison reportedly paid $300 million for the island in 2012. It contains 90,000 acres of land and several resorts, and is home to more than 3,200 residents. Ellison plans to use to land to test environmentally friendly practices like solar power and electric vehicles.
"It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater," Musk said in a statement to Jalopnik at the time. "I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform. What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."
The 10,000-year-clock, as it's called, was created by a group called The Long Now Foundation. It's a 500-foot-tall clock that's powered by thermal cycles and is designed to keep time for millennia.
Source: Business Insider
Bezos led a team that sent unmanned robots 14,000 feet down to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Canaveral, Florida, to gather the engine parts from the Apollo 12 moon mission.
"To bring those pieces up on deck and actually touch them, that brought back for me all those feelings I had when I was 5 years old and watched those missions go to the moon," Bezos said in a video about the expedition, according to the Seattle Times. "If this results in one young explorer, one young adventurer, one young inventor, doing something amazing that helps the world, I'm totally fulfilled."
Source: Seattle Times
Brin is said to be building the airship, which would be the world's largest aircraft, out of a NASA research center near Mountain View, California.
He reportedly envisions using it to make deliveries for humanitarian missions or as an "air yacht" for friends and family.
Source: The Guardian
Page has invested in a two-seater flying taxi called Cora and a flying boat called Flyer, which are both made by electric flight transportation company Kitty Hawk. He's also involved in Opener, a startup that makes a flying vehicle called BlackFly.
It's not clear how much money Page has invested in these projects.
Source: The Verge
But in true Google fashion, Page and Brin tricked out the inside, adding a dining area, two staterooms with adjacent bathrooms, and multiple seating areas. The jet can hold up to 50 passengers and includes several first-class seats.
Meanwhile, Oracle's Larry Ellison owns a decommissioned Soviet jet fighter, the Mikoyan MiG-29.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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