Baby You Can Drive My Car

If you were a billionaire, what would you drive? Each year Forbes magazine compiles the list of the richest people in the world. This year, it checked into the car they drive (some had more than one; I'm listing what's apparently the main one). No, this isn't a joke, but I find it amusing that they're not driving the latest, most expensive, Ferraris. Only one of the American high-tech guys drives a truly flash car; is he more insecure than the rest, or...?

Each line shows rank in richness, name, who they are, how much Forbes figures they're worth, and what they drive:

1. Bill Gates (co-founder, Microsoft; $46.5B): 1999 Porsche 911

2. Warren Buffett (investor; $44B): 2001 Lincoln Town Car

3. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud (nephew of the King of Saudi Arabia; $23.7B): Rolls-Royce Phantom

4. Ingvar Kamprad (founder, IKEA furniture stores; $23B): 1993 Volvo 240 GL

5. Paul Allen (co-founder, Microsoft; $21B): 1988 Porsche 959 Coupe; 1988 Mazda pickup

6. Larry Ellison (founder, Oracle; $18.4B): 2006 Bentley Flying Spur

7. Jim Walton (son of Wal-Mart founder; $18.2B): 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup

8. Alice Walton (daughter of Wal-Mart founder; $18B): 2006 Ford F-150 pickup

9. Michael Dell (founder, Dell Computer; $16B): 2004 Porsche Boxter

10. Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft; $12.1B): 1998 Lincoln Continental

Source: Forbes magazine, 6 March 2006

Posted March 20, 2006

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