Rich people often own some of the most impressive real estate and travel to awesome destinations. They also possess cool cars. Here are three of the world’s wealthiest people and the automobiles they drive.
Carlos Slim Helu’s 2005 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Carlos Slim Helu is the richest man in the world. He is estimated to be worth $69 billion. To fit his business profile, he drives a 2005 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. This vehicle comes with an approximate price tag of $300,000. Its 6.0 liter W12 twin-turbo engine propels it from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and provides 560 horsepower. Top speeds are estimated to approach 194 mph. The extreme power is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Its sleek and luxurious design works well when Slim needs to make a good first impression.
Bill Gates’ 1986 Porsche 959
The Porsche 959 was one of the greatest cars of the 1980s. Thanks to its twin-turbo engine, its 450 horsepower allowed for speeds up to 195 mph. For the era, it had amazing computer-controlled features, including four-wheel drive, sequential turbo-chargers and a self-leavening suspension. Due to crash test requirements, America had great difficulties importing these vehicles from Germany. Bill Gates, Microsoft creator, wanted a Porsche 959 in the worst way, so he worked hard to get the “Show and Display” law passed. This allowed privately imported cars to be exempt from Federal Motor Safety Standards if they had rare or technological significance. Since only 337 were produced, the car fit the law, and Gates was able to experience the true power and glory of Porsche.
Sir Richard Branson’s Gibbs Aquada
Richard Branson, British Virgin Group tycoon, possesses a Gibbs Aquada, one of the few amphibian vehicles in existence. It is designed like a car found in a “James Bond” spy film. With its KV6 2.5 liter engine, the car cruises fast on land and transforms into a speedboat at the touch of a button. It takes 10 seconds for the wheels to retreat so that it can enter the water. Although the vehicle is only worth approximately $115,000, Branson has managed to break records with it. He was the first person to cross the English Channel in an amphibian vehicle.
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