Amazing Purchases of 2013

Amazing Purchases of 2013

Billionaires, as the richest people in the world, can pretty much buy whatever they want whenever they want. In 2013, that meant making buys that fit the tastes of each billionaire perfectly. Some of these might surprise you for how little it takes a billionaire to make a difference, how much the richest people in the world may be willing to invest into the (far) future, and how easily it can be for billionaires to stir up controversy.

Secret Santa Billionaires Something to Moo About

Even for billionaires, Reddit has become one of the Internet’s premier places for amazing things to happen. This Christmas, Reddit users signed up to be the Secret Santa for another user identified only by a first name. “Rachel” was assigned “Bill.” Everything seemed in order until the gifts came in. A bit of an odd thing to receive: a stuffed cow, a coffee table book and a donation to the nonprofit Heifer International, which donates livestock to impoverished companies, and a photograph with a note attached.

It was a quick look at the photo that brought a realization that will last forever. As Rachel wrote in her Reddit post on the story,

Bill Gates | Heifer International“Wait … Time out … and then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything — was from Bill Gates,” Rachel wrote. “I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday (not pictured, because I really want to keep one part of this gift to myself) my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked.”

She later apologized for including an iPad on her wish list.

Looking Ahead to Next Year and 10,000 More

timeless-clock | James Bezos

Another one of the billionaires to make their money online, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, made headlines this year for a long-term investment that none of us will ever live long enough to fully enjoy. That is, unless 10,000 years sounds like a manageable goal.

With a donation of $42 million to the Long Now Foundation, Jeff Bezos helped fund the group’s project: The Clock of the Long Now. Still in the works, the clock will eventually be installed in a West Texas mountain and is set to keep time for the next 10,000 years!

Who Keeps the Painting?


Avid wine and art collector James Stunt has an a net worth of $5 – $7 billion from being a keen financier as well as a gaming and mining tycoon. It’s no surprise he recently bought a painting for £12.5 million! The hefty price tag wasn’t very much for one of California’s billionaires. The final self-portrait by 17th century Flemish Master, Anthony Van Dyck, was successfully bid on in 2013 by James Stunt. When the British government found out he planned to showcase the painting in his U.S. home, it placed an export ban on the portrait. It’s still up in the air whether Van Dyck will find a home in sunny SoCal or not.

According to a spokesperson for Stunt, “James quite understands the authorities’ point of view but he very much hopes he will be able to take it to his home in Los Angeles and enjoy it.”

What kind of amazing, interesting and impressive purchases have the richest people in the world made? Stay tuned to to learn more! We have more great articles about the awesome lives of billionaires on the way!

From Secret Santa presents to the ultimate clock of the future, there were some incredible billionaire purchases that happened in 2013.

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