10. Karl Albrecht
Karl Albrecht, founding brother of the German Aldi-empire and worth $25.4 billion, leads a secretive lifestyle and very little is known about his personal habits. For decades, no photo of him has surfaced, let alone one with him and his car. It has been rumoured however, that he currently drives a 2011 BMW 3 Series
9. Li Ka-Shing
Li Ka-Shing is with a fortune of $25.5 billion one of the most powerful business men in Asia. But as a selfmade man he also values modesty. Hence, while he is said to own two Rolls-Royce Phantoms
, they are used for business purposes only. Privately he supposedly drives an older Mercedes-Benz
model dating from the 1990s.
8. Stefan Persson
By far the richest Swede, and currently number 8 on a global scale is Stefan Persson, founder of H&M. The popularity of Swedish fashion for the masses made his fortune of $26 billion. His automotive choice, a Volvo S80
, is as patriotic as much as it is modest. Albeit, his country has more extravagant drives to offer that he could afford - a Koenigsegg Agera
7. Eike Batista
Significantly more luscious is the liking of Eike Batista, Brasilian oil-bilionair worth $30 billion. He calls a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
his own and instead of cruising along Ipanema beach with it, he parks it as a decorative element in his living room.
6. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison of Oracle is one of the few true petrol heads amongst the Forbes top ten. He counts an illustre collection of cars including an Audi R8
, McLaren F1
, Honda NSX
, Lexus LFA
and Lexus LS 600h L
. With an estimated property of $36 billion, he can easily entertain his costly hobby.
5. Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega, Spanish selfmade entrepeneur and owner of the global Zara fashion empire, is the richest man in Spain and number five in the world. Despite his titanic fortune rounding $37.5 billion, his automotive choice is executive over luxury. The Audi A8
probably provides as much comfort and anonymity on Madrid's streets, as he desires.
4. Bernard Arnault
As chairman of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Bernard Arnault became the fourth richest person on this planet. Working for the world's biggest group of luxury brands, one must expect him to appreciate the finer things in life, also exclusive cars. Little is known however, he is said to own a BMW 7-Series
3. Warren Buffett
Investment legend Warren Buffett opens the top three with a fortune of $44 billion. He caused a stir in 2006, when he sold his Lincoln Town Car Signature
from 2001 for charity on Ebay. The car was wearing a personalized license plate reading "Thrifty".
2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates made himself a name as conoisseur and collector of Porsche sportscars. With $61 billion on the bank, buying icons like the 1999 Porsche 911 convertible
or a rare 1988 Porsche 959 Coupe
must have been like buying a piece of cake. On June 2nd 2012, his 911 Turbo
from 1979 will be auctioned off in Vienna.
1. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu, Mexican telecommunications magnate is the richest man in the world with $69 billion. He is better known for his love for art than cars but nonetheless drives in classic British style with a Bentley Continental Spur