Most billionaires lead very luxurious lives thanks to their huge income. They own huge mansions, resorts, luxury cars and yachts. Private jets are used for their transportation. But some famous billionaires are exception to this rule. They work as philanthropists and lead a simple life. This article lists 11 such billionaires.
Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway):
With net worth of 78.9 billion USD Warren Buffet is one of the richest man on earth. But he leads a very simple life. He doesn’t live in a mansion. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO resides in $31,500 which he owned in 1958 and has been living there since. He once asked Washington DC to review his taxes and increase it. He goes to work by driving his car which he owned for years and eats meals from McDonalds. He is known for his charity work too.
Indian business tycoon Azim Premji also leads a very middleclass life. He is currently valued at 19.4 billion USD. He has pledged half his shares in his company Wipro to charity. He is part of the movement to save environment. He made sure that no employee in his office leaves without switching off the lights to save power. He also ensures that minimum toilet papers are used in the bathrooms of his offices. He billionaire doesn’t even drive his own car and uses public transports like auto to reach airports. His Azim Premji Foundation is currently the 10th wealthiest charitable foundation.
Founder of Facebook, Mark, lives a very simple life. Despite having net worth of 74 billion, he never wears any formal suit in his workplace. He owns multiple gray t-shirts which has become his fashion statement. HE started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, charitable company that ensures focus on public health and education. Mark has pledged to donate up to 1 billion a year for this cause.
Mr. IKEA is the founder of Swedish furniture company IKEA. His current net value is 46 billion. However the billionaire lives a very ordinary life. He drives a 15 year old Volvo and his house in Switzerland has old IKEA items which has been passed on by generations. He and his wife have also been seen eating in cheap restaurants.
The founder of famous clothing line Zara, Amancio Ortega leads a very simple life in La Coruña, Spain. He lives with his wife in an apartment and drives to office in an Audi 8. Despite being worth 74.5 billion, he is never seen in expensive dresses. He wears a blue blazer, white shirt and gray pants.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also lives in a 2,400-square-foot home in Palo Alto. He owned the home in 2010 for just 1.9 million dollars. Tim is a very friendly person who eats in the cafeteria with his employees. He spends most of his time outdoors, bike riding and hiking are his hobbies.
Carlos Slim Helu (America Movil):
Carlos is a self made billionaire who is currently worth 74 billion USD. He uses his wealth to eradicate poverty and has been awarded numerous awards for his philanthropic contributions. He has lived in his six bedroom house for 40 years and doesn’t own any luxury cars. He is known for his huge collection of art.
Jim Walton(Arvest Bank):
Jim Walton lives in a simple house where he runs his family’s wealth management company. He is ranked 11th in the richest people list with net worth of 33 billion. He doesn’t own any fancy sports cars but prefers pickup trucks. He used to drive a 15-year-old Dodge Dakota. He follows the footsteps of his father Sam Walton who despite being the founder of famous company Walmart, used to live a middle class life.
David Green( Hobby Lobby):
David Green has a net worth of 6 billion USD. He is well known for his philanthropic work. He spends most of his money on charitable causes in America. He believes that he is blessed to become so successful in life and it is his duty to help the needy.
Chuck Feeney( The Atlantic Philanthropies):
Chuck Feeney is also known for his philanthropic works. He has donated large sums of his wealth for the help of the poor. He flies in economy class.
Tony Hsieh (Zappos):
Tony is only interested in the development of the country. He sold his company for 265 million to Microsoft and invested 350 million in downtown Las Vegas to build a technology hub. Money doesn’t matter to him. He wants to improve the society in general.