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Well, if you are a billionaire by 23 and considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world, you can walk into a board room in a hoodie.
Well, if you are a billionaire by 23 and considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world, you can walk into a board room in a hoodie.

Elon Musk wants to build a town in Mars for vegetarians. He isn't the first moneybags with a wacky idea. ET Magazine lists a few of them.

Mark Zuckerberg
Net worth: $9.4 bn

Well, if you are a billionaire by 23 and considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world, you can walk into a board room in a hoodie. But that's not the only eccentricity the Facebook co-founder has.

If he is really keen on hiring someone, he takes him for a stroll in the woods behind his headquarters. Also, there is the resolution to only eat meat he has killed himself!



Richard Branson
Net worth: $4.2 bn

As if owning a tropical island — Necker Island, hideaway for the rich and the brash — was not enough for the flamboyant Brit billionaire. Now Branson wants to colonise Mars.

He has already launched Virgin Galactic, a tour company that will take people on space flights. The queue is getting longer with 500 already signed for the galactic adventure.


World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!

World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!
Yuri Milner
Net worth: $1 bn

After investing in various digital startups, including $200 mn in Facebook and $800 mn in Twitter, the Russian venture capitalist decided to trump Alfred Nobel. And how?

By founding the Fundamental Physics Prize. It is by far the most lucrative academic prize. At $3 mn each, it is way ahead of the Nobel at $1.2 mn.
Peter Thiel
Net worth: $1.5 bn

From funding studies in superintelligence to seasteading or floating cities to finding a cure for ageing, this German-born American entrepreneur is as whacky as they come.

Founding and then selling off PayPal and early investment in Facebook have given Thiel enough loose change to fund his dreams.
World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!
World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!Roman Abramovich
Net worth: $13.4 bn

Owning a football club — Chelsea FC — and sacking managers is only one part of the Russian tycoon's many fancies. He has a marina full of luxury yachts.

Eclipse, the world's largest private yacht, has helicopter pads, swimming pools and — hold it — military-grade weapons system and a private submarine. Also, to keep prying eyes at bay there is an anti-paparazzi photo shield also in place.
Nicolas Berggruen
Net worth: $2.3 bn

No, not even an MIG flat or even a log cabin for him. Founder and president of investment company Berggruen Holdings, the "homeless billionaire" prefers to stay in hotels and lives out of an overnight bag. Plans to donate his fortune to various charities.
World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!
World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!Howard Hughes
Net worth: $1.5 bn*

The aviator-cum-filmmaker-cum entrepreneur was the embodiment of eccentricity. He didn't shower or cut his hair or nails for months on end.

He supposedly watched Ice Station Zebra 150 times, with the film at times running in a continuous loop. When a Las Vegas hotel wanted to evict him, he bought the hotel.
William Koch
Net worth: $4 bn

His investments in oil take care of the champagne and caviar. An avid sailor and an America's Cup winner, it is only natural that he collects maritime memorabilia. But what did he do about his passion for the Wild West? Wear a Stetson or ride a horse to work? No way.

He built himself a brand new town modelled on the frontier ones. So there in the middle of a ranch in Colorado, Koch has a town with its saloon, church, jail, firehouse and even a railway station.
World's top billionaires and their carzy wacky ideas!


(Net worth as of March 2012; * at the time of Hughes' death in 1976)

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