Often, celebrities make extravagant, and sometimes quite absurd purchases, leaving ordinary people with the feeling that they have nowhere to put their money. Perhaps when a person has everything in life, they start squandering their earnings in vain.
Since some foreign celebrities earn tens of millions of dollars annually, they indulge themselves in very expensive, but often unnecessary and absurd things. What do Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Beyoncé, and other celebrities spend their earnings on?
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ($62 million for a house)
When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were together, they were perhaps not only the wealthiest Hollywood couple but also very extravagant. Before their divorce, their combined wealth was estimated at over $500 million, so the ex-spouses didn’t count their money when they wanted to buy something. At one point, the couple became interested in purchasing real estate around the world. One of the most expensive acquisitions for them was a house in France, which they bought in 2009. The French Chateau cost the couple a substantial sum of $62 million.
And three years after this purchase, Angelina gave her husband a luxurious helicopter, which cost the actress $1 million. Brad Pitt himself, as an art enthusiast, enjoys indulging in buying paintings. Once, the actor acquired a painting by one of Germany’s best-selling artists, Neo Rauch, for $960,000.
In their everyday life, Jolie and Pitt also spent exorbitant amounts. For instance, the services of a nanny cost the former spouses $900,000 a year. Besides, they spent around $2 million annually on personal security. Moreover, their food expenses are equally impressive. For example, a dinner with five friends at one of London’s budget-friendly public establishments cost the ex-couple $4,000.
Beyoncé ($40 million for a plane)
The 42-year-old R&B singer Beyoncé is one of the most successful and wealthy contemporary performers. And when the “Single Ladies” hitmaker married American rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, her wealth increased even further. Currently, the couple’s combined wealth has surpassed $1 billion. So, in reality, giving her beloved husband a $40 million plane for Father’s Day isn’t that extravagant.
Beyoncé also knows how to treat herself. Once, she decided to indulge herself with leggings, not just any leggings but golden ones. And we’re not talking about gold coating; these were made from the finest sheets of pure gold, creating a luxurious and extravagant wardrobe item. Beyoncé became the world’s sole owner of golden pants.
This item was crafted by the renowned brand Balenciaga on Beyoncé’s individual order for the occasion of the 2007 BET Award presentation. These leggings cost the diva $100,000. Interestingly, after her spectacular appearance at the aforementioned award show, Beyoncé hardly ever wore them again. Perhaps such items are not very practical for everyday use, but as they say, the wealthy have their own quirks.
Tom Cruise ($20 million for a plane)
For many years, Tom Cruise has been one of the most successful and sought-after Hollywood actors of all time. Movies featuring him guarantee success and are sold worldwide. As of 2022, the actor’s net worth was estimated at $570 million. This is quite a substantial sum for a Hollywood actor who appears in, at most, a couple of films a year.
However, this doesn’t stop Cruise from earning millions, which he gladly spends. For example, in 2006, he gave his wife, actress Katie Holmes, an expensive and memorable wedding gift—a Gulfstream Jet worth $20 million. Unfortunately, such generosity didn’t save their marriage, and they divorced six years later.
Nicolas Cage ($2.3 million for a castle)
Nicolas Cage is known not only for his work in films but also for impulsive, strange, and costly purchases. Many have heard that in 2006, the Hollywood actor decided to purchase real estate in Germany. He set his sights on the Bavarian Neuschwanstein Castle, which cost Nicolas $2.3 million. Everything would have been fine, but Cage, in his admiration, didn’t bother to thoroughly inspect the castle, settling for just the main gate and the building’s facade.
It was only during restoration work that the actor realized that a lot needed to be invested in the castle, which was built in the 11th century. The restoration of the building’s facades alone cost Nicolas twice as much as the purchase price of the castle. Without completing the interior of the historic building, Cage declared bankruptcy and sold the ancient property.
But even more ancient and extravagant was Cage’s acquisition of a dinosaur skull, for which he had to shell out a hefty sum of $276,000. Interestingly, another famous Hollywood actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, was also interested in this skull. However, Cage managed to outbid his colleague at an auction. By the way, this relic adorned Cage’s collection for only 8 years, as it later turned out that the skull had been stolen.
Victoria Beckham ($1.6 million for a shopping spree)
British singer, fashion designer, and businesswoman Victoria Beckham, unlike many celebrity spouses of wealthy athletes, doesn’t rely on her husband’s income but prefers to earn her own money. And she’s quite successful at it. The Beckham couple’s combined wealth is estimated at $450 million. So, Victoria spends her hard-earned millions without hesitation.
For instance, once during a stroll down Milan’s famous luxury shopping street, Via Montenapoleone, she spent $1.6 million. The shopping spree was quite extraordinary! On that day, Victoria purchased a Louis Vuitton travel bag, a dozen Versace sunglasses, and five sofas. And, of course, as a loving wife, she didn’t forget her husband and bought him Rolex watches worth $632,000.
Sean Combs (renting a yacht for $840,000 per week)
American rapper, producer, and entrepreneur, known as Diddy, is one of the wealthiest hip-hop artists in the world. Notably, he was the richest rapper for a long time until he was surpassed by Jay-Z and Kanye West. According to recent reports, Diddy’s net worth is estimated at $855 million.
There’s no doubt that this figure will continue to grow with each passing year, as Sean is one of the smartest business-minded individuals in the showbiz world, never missing out on lucrative investments and acquisitions. And, as they say, those who work hard play hard. So, Diddy easily parts with money during his leisure time. For example, in 2011, the rapper rented a yacht for $840,000 per week.
Lady Gaga ($50,000 on ghost hunters)
As is well-known, creative people tend to be quite superstitious. But for some, it reaches absurd levels. For instance, few know that the famous singer Lady Gaga, before checking into a hotel, calls in special individuals to inspect her room for paranormal phenomena.
The star even spent over $50,000 on a special ghost detector that not only detects supernatural forces but can also absorb them. This might seem strange to some, but for the singer, whose wealth is estimated at over $600 million, it’s affordable. Especially if it brings her peace of mind and a sense of security.
Johnny Depp ($30,000 on wine)
On the other hand, the idol of millions, actor Johnny Depp, “calms his nerves” in a different way. He prefers to spend money on wine. You might think that it’s not too expensive a habit, but the Hollywood actor, as a true wine enthusiast, can afford to spend over $30,000 on it monthly. Perhaps, this is why his net worth recently decreased from $400 million to $200 million.
However, it’s more likely that his wallet was significantly affected by the long and complex legal battles with his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Fortunately for Depp’s fans, the court ruling was in his favor, and now he can once again delight audiences with his brilliant acting and rebuild his fortune. By the way, this eccentric actor recently celebrated his 60th birthday.