Besides business, billionaires have a lifestyle that cuts across different activities. Their combined activities serve as identities that people, in turn, use to consider some of the world’s wealthiest personalities as the coolest billionaires. Apart from their business success, their popularity also comes from the contributions these individuals have made to the world.
An example is Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation, the Bill and Melinda Foundation. Through the foundation, the couple donated $17 billion between 2000 to 2010.
North America has the highest number of billionaires (1,035) in the world, but some of the world’s coolest billionaires also reside in other countries. Let’s consider some.
Apart from being the wealthiest man in Africa and Nigeria, Aliko Dangote has distinguished himself by how he conducts his businesses and lifestyle. Strategically, he dominates all the sectors he ventures into and surrounds himself with the right people. He is one of the most influential businessmen in politics.
He believes it is beneficial for his business when he relates with the Nigerian government as they are in charge of making the economic policies. Separating himself from government activities might result in policies that would affect his business and make him a poor man.
This method has seen his business grow. Out of his wealth, he also gives back to the people through his foundation. This makes the Aliko Dangote foundation one of the biggest in Africa, with a single African donor and an endowment fund of $1.25 billion.
Though he gives to the people, the wealthiest man also knows how to spend on luxury. He is always seen in a neatly tailored suit at business events, and his traditional wear is always bespoke.
He owns a fleet of cars such as Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, Bentley Mulsanne, Maybach 57S Knight Luxury, and Bugatti Veyron. His house, jets and yacht are also worth millions of dollars.
Mike Adenuga is one of the billionaires you rarely see in public. This does not stop the oil and telecom mogul from making millions of dollars from every sector he plays in and becoming one of the billionaires in Nigeria and Africa. He owns Globacom, the first indigenous telecom company and the second leading mobile operator in Nigeria.
Despite his low-profile lifestyle, he is a man of taste with houses scattered across Nigeria with plush cars. One of his houses is located in one of the most expensive areas of Lagos — Banana Island. The house was constructed by Julius Berger and was worth N8 billion.
Adenuga’s garage is home to different cars such as the Armored Bentley Mulsanne, a limited brand worth N110.5 million, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class (N72.1 million), Mercedes Benz AMG C63 (N24.3 million) and Rolls-Royce Phantom (N151.6 million).
He compliments these with two private jets — The Bombardier Global 5000 (N16.6 billion) and the Dassault Falcon 7x (N19.6 billion).
Though enjoying his wealth, he ensures to extend it to others. Since he believes that people have equal opportunities irrespective of social standing, the difference is innovation. He, therefore, creates platforms for opportunities through his philanthropic activities through his Mike Adenuga Foundation.
Oprah is one of the world’s coolest billionaires, with the way she changed her narrative and became the media queen worth billions of dollars. Using the media as her tool, she rebranded herself through her experiences and created different shows. No wonder she said, “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
With this, she created the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since its inception, it has enlightened people and created awareness about different social ills. Through the show, she has also met with many notable personalities worldwide, such as Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry of the United Kingdom.
In giving back to the people, she created the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation to assist children, families and communities with a focus on education. The on-screen personality, author and actor is indeed the ‘Queen of all media with an inexhaustible portfolio to her name.
In terms of inventions, SpaceX founder leads the chart board. This is further made evident by his net worth of $253 billion. The wealthiest man in the world made it from the invention of his famous car brand — Tesla. In return, he has donated money to developing projects such as artificial intelligence.
He is also a member of the Giving Pledge. This consists of the world’s wealthiest people who donate most of their wealth, either during their lifetimes or after their deaths, to solve the world’s problems.
Elon Musk is also the definition of all work that makes Jack a dull person. When he is not working, he is on Twitter, causing controversies. One such controversy was the buying of the platform, which remains inconclusive.
Besides donating all their wealth when they die, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are investing more than $3 billion in curing or managing diseases such as cancer by the year 2100.
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