Life in the fast lane: Expensive cars and their famous owners
Celebrities! They’re just like us…..except they can afford some of the most expensive items on the planet without double-checking their bank account. Celebrities love everything from classic sports cars to customized beauties. Luxury cars are Hollywood’s favorite accessory, and A-listers have access to some of the coolest cars in existence.
Ah yes, to be rich and famous and to be able to afford a car that costs the same as a home. Insurance fees? Psh! Who cares when you have more than enough cash to spend? Take a look at some of the cars that these celebs choose to cruise around in. We bet some will surprise you.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe: $370K
With the Queen’s extensive resume, she’s able to buy whatever she wants, when she wants. So, what did she want? An expensive and flashy vehicle to roll around in! Back in 2016, Latifah used to drive around in a Mercedez-Benz S63 until it was stolen. Apparently, Latifah was parked at a South Fulton gas station when someone pulled up next to her, jumped in her car, and drove away while she wasn’t looking!
We wonder if the scene was as ridiculous as it sounds. We guess it doesn’t matter because it doesn’t look like Queen Latifah was too heartbroken over it. It seems like she used the insurance claim money to buy a brand-spankin’ new Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe. This time, Latifah decided to treat herself as her new wheels were three times more expensive than the Benz.
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Convertible: $1 Million
It’s no secret that Beyoncé certainly lives the high life. Her essential possessions include a private jet, a yacht, and a car collection. One of her more remarkable vehicles that stand out from the group is her 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Convertible.
We heard through the grapevine that the car cost hubby Jay-Z $1 million (not including other expenses). Of course, money is no issue when your wifey turns the big two-five (which was the reason behind the expensive purchase). Jay-Z knew precisely what he was doing when he purchased the classy car for his classy lady. Ah, to be rich and famous!
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: $400K
If you’re a LeBron fan, then you probably know that he’s a big fan of pricey vehicles. LeBron’s car collection includes nine unique, luxury cars. Basically, he can drive a different car to work every day of the week. One of his impressive automobiles is a custom-made Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, which cost him $440K.
However, with an estimated net worth of $440 million, the price of this car is only a small dent in his wallet. We’re not surprised, seeing as his nickname is “King James,” and he’s one of the most recognizable basketball players in the world.
Lamborghini Aventador: $450K
Chris Brown has had a rocky career, and he is no stranger to both extreme fame and scandal. However, as well as expressing himself through music (and whatever else he does), it seems he likes his cars to be a little bit on the flashy side…
One of his favorite cars (imagine having a FAVORITE car???) is his Lamborghini Aventador, customized to his liking and is said to be priced at $450K. Some of his other vehicles include a Dodge Viper SRT, Range Rover, Bugatti Veyron Graffiti Porsche Panamera, Porsche 911 Turbo, a Tupac Shakur themed Lamborghini Gallardo and an Orange Lamborghini.
(Try saying that five times fast).
Ferrari 458 Spider: $250K
It looks like Kylie Jenner likes to match her cars to her outfits (I guess when you’re obscenely wealthy, you can do that kind of thing). She featured her baby blue Ferrari 458 Spider a few years ago on Instagram before she re-painted it in silver and then in red.
Along with the $250K car, she also shows off her Mercedes G-wagon, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Ghost, and a Range Rover. Is she worried about her car expenses? Most likely not. When you have one of the most famous families in the world along with your own makeup empire you don’t need to worry about those kinds of things.
Cadillac Escalade ESV: $200K
When you’re one of the wealthiest hip-hop artists in the world, you can buy yourself some fantastic things. (Who knew?) When Dr. Dre first spotted his 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV, he knew it was the car for him. After a few customizations in Dre fashion, he purchased the car for $200K.
Unlike the original, the ESV is longer than the Escalade, but Dr. Dre decided to stretch out the car even further while adding custom wheels and a custom grille. With an estimated net worth of about $820 million, he will have no problem keeping up with his monthly expenses…but he might have trouble finding parking.
Lamborghini Aventador: $400K
Nicki Minaj is one of those artists that goes hard and then goes home in style. It’s said that the rap artist owns two customized pink Lamborghini Aventadors and two Bentley Continental GTs. The price of both of these cars can go up to about $1 million in total.
Seems only fitting for the rapper who refers to herself as ‘Barbie.’ Through her quick raps, various top albums, and her appearance on ‘American Idol,’ it is said that Minaj is worth at least $80 million. Nicki likes to show off what her riches bought her through her Instagram page, and asks fans for their opinions when it comes to new additions to her car collection.
1995 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe: $1.8 Million
Step right up to take a look into one of the more impressive car collections amongst the rich and the famous. Jay Leno has such a passion when it comes to cars that after he retired from his late-night television show, he began a show called “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
The show focuses on Leno driving across America as he searches for interesting and unique cars. His garage is probably bursting at the seams with his collection of 180 vehicles, 93 motorcycles, and different car memorabilia and collectibles. One of the most impressive pieces of his collection is a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe, said to be worth $1.8 million.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe: $400K
David Beckham’s car is undoubtedly a reflection of who he is as a person. With an extensive career in soccer and an impressive career in the fashion world, it’s only right that he has a classy, all-black vehicle. Of course, his Rolls-Royce has some customizations requested by the soccer star himself.
One of the more special customizations features a “23” embroidered onto the seats of his car. Who wouldn’t want to go for a cruise in this car on a sunny day? Like many other celebs, Beckham has a remarkable car collection. He’s the proud owner of a Bentley Mulsanne, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, Audi S8, Cadillac Escalade, Bentley Continental Supersports, Range Rover, Chevy Camaro, and a Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Maybach Exelero: $8.8 Million
If Jay Z is willing to spend the big bucks on his beloved wifey, then we know he has no problem spending even bigger bucks on himself. It is said that his extensive car collection is worth more than $15 million. With a private jet under his belt, it’s not surprising that Jay-Z’s car collection is worth a pretty penny.
It’s like Kanye said, “Can’t you see the private jets flyin’ over you? Maybach bumper sticker read ‘What would Hova do?’” The Maybach Exelero is meant to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. We wonder what life’s like in the fast lane!
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Cadillac Escalade: $96K
Nicole Polizzi (you may know her as Snooki) is the very proud owner of the pricey Cadillac Escalade SUV, that can fit up to seven. (She’s no mini-van mom that’s for sure!) This luxurious purchase comes with Bose surround sound and heated seats. Want to fit something in the back? No problem! Just remove the third row of seats to fit all your extra belongings.
The Escalade is often a favored car amongst celebrities and those that can afford it because it can handle harsh road conditions. It looks like Snooki put that Jersey Shore money to good use, as the Escalade is a great car to have when you can afford the expenses that come with it!
Lamborghini Murcielago: $2 Million
Before you try to make the joke, we’ll make it for you. 50 Cent paid WAY more than fifty cents on these flashy vehicles. Unlike many of the celebs on this list who keep their car collections on a single coast, 50, prefers to split his collection down the middle. He’s riding in style regardless of what coast he’s on.
In LA, he likes to keep a Range Rover, Blue Lamborghini Murcielago, Bentley, and a blue Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle at arm’s length. In New York, he’s well stocked with a Parker Brothers’ Speed Racer 3-Wheeled Concept, customized Pontiac G8, Chrome Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 and a Rolls-Royce. Unfortunately, it seems as though his spending habits caught up with him as he filed for bankruptcy a few years ago.
Bugatti Veyron: $1.7 Million
Over the past few years, Flo Rida has gifted himself with a Golden Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz CL, Chrome Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari 458, and a Ferrari California. Flo Rida decided to give the car deemed ‘the fastest car in the world’ a complete gold makeover. (We don’t doubt that this cost him a wallop).
With a custom gold covering and 24 karat gold rims, Flo Rida definitely had a vision in mind when it came to his vehicle. However, social media users seemed to be horrified by the flashy makeover. One user on Twitter called ‘AutoBant’ wrote: “I have very little time for Flo Rida’s Gold Veyron. Surely it’s like putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.”
Cadillac Escalade: $90K
It’s said that the famed quarterback retired with $400 million in career earnings. With this kind of dough, Manning can pick and choose whatever car or machine he wants to ride around in (for all we know, it could be a transformer).
After Manning led his team to victory in Super Bowl number 41, he decided to treat himself by choosing a new car to drive home on the spot. As a VIP, he was offered a list of vehicles to choose from. Manning’s car of choice was a Cadillac Escalade that was worth $90K, which is a little bit more modest than some of the others on this list.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe: $400K
Diddy, P.Diddy, Puff Daddy, whatever you want to call him, it’s clear he needs no introduction. P.Diddy sits at the top of the list being the world’s richest rapper with a net worth of $820 million. However, Diddy isn’t JUST a rapper, he is also a very successful businessman who often invests in real estate.
Diddy isn’t just all work and no play, either! With four cars sitting pretty in his garage including a 1958 Corvette, Maybach 57, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, and a white, handmade Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, it seems as though he’s also a fan as pretty things.
Rolls-Royce Wraith: $400K
Blac Chyna is a celebrity that certainly likes to show off her car collection on social media. With an extensive collection like hers, we probably would too! Parked in her garage, she has a pink Range Rover, a pink Ferrari, motorcycles, and a Mercedes SUV. She recently purchased a new Rolls-Royce that is worth $400K.
Although it’s rumored that Rob Kardashian pays her $20,000 a month in child support, she often likes to boast on Instagram that she purchased her army of luxury vehicles without any help or child support. “Work Hard, Play Harder,” she captions her photos.
Mercedes SLR: $1.6 Million
This recent Kanye West purchase made headlines when it was discovered that he paid $2.5 million on an 8-vehicle armor customized to protect his wife and their three children. Overall, West has quite a resume of vehicles under his belt including a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Mercedes S Class, Mercedes Maybach, Mercedes G Wagon, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Aston Martin DB9.
His most favorite of the fleet? His Mercedes SLR. We have to wonder if West has been able to keep up with the expenses that come with owning these expensive toys, as it was reported that he had to take out loans to purchase them. It was also recently said that West has been asking around for money to continue working on his newest projects and ideas. Yikes.
BMW M2: $100K
Being a supermodel means you get access to plenty of lavish and expensive things. That being said, it was reported that Gigi was gifted a blue BMW M2 from the company for FREE. Being an ambassador for the company, we’re not THAT surprised.
The film for BMW that features the car and Miss Hadid was directed by Marc Forster. You may know Forster since he directed popular films such as “James Bond-Quantum of Solace,” “Monster’s Ball,” and “World War Z.” The film is called “Eyes on Gigi,” and it invites users to play an interactive guessing game where the user has to guess which BMW Gigi Hadid is hiding in.
Bugatti Veyron: $1.8 Million
Unlike some of the other celebs on this list, T-Pain is a real fan of cars, and he sure knows his way around the automobile industry. He owns a staggering 32 cars in total; with a net worth of only $35 million (a little bit lower than some others on this list).
T-Pain owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Drophead Coupe, Ford F650, Scion xB, Ferrari F430, Oldsmobile 442, Cadillac Hearse, 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, Buick Lucerne, 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle, and Bugatti Veyron. It is reported that T-Pain’s income doesn’t just come from producing and recording; he also owns a car customization shop.
Cadillac Escalade: $150K
The man, the myth, the legend, Shaquille O’Neal is well-known for his complex car collection where he houses over 30 different cars. One of the most famous features of his group is his customized Cadillac Escalade which is worth $150K.
Shaq put a Superman logo on the front grille of the car and added Lamborghini-like doors that will make you forget its even an Escalade. With his net worth sitting pretty at around $375 million, this customized toy didn’t put a dent in Shaq’s wallet. He has more than enough money to deal with any upgrades or damages to the car in the future.
Bugatti Veyron: $2.5 Million
You can call him on his cell phone, but it will probably come through the Bluetooth of his Bugatti. Being one of the most successful rappers in the world can get you some impressive vehicles. Although Drake has several cars that are likely worth more than our homes, his most famous vehicle is the $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron.
Also featured in his garage is a Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Mulsanne, Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupe, Maybach 62S, and a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Auto insurance? Pfftttt, when you’re Drake, you can just replace a beat up car with a newer model.
Pink Jeep Wrangler: $150K
Amber Rose has had a plethora of cars throughout her life as a celeb. Her most famous vehicle is her Jeep Wrangler Unlimited SUV which she customized to make pink. Naturally Rose, (also known on social media as Muva, or Muva Rosebud), had her logo printed on the front rim.
She eventually changed her mind about the pink and changed the color of the SUV to a green and removed the logo from the front of the car. However, although her SUV is her most famous car, that doesn’t mean it is necessarily her most expensive. The most expensive cars that she has purchased in the past are her Rolls-Royce Wraith, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, and $4.2 million convertible Ferrari.
Bugatti Veyron: $1.7 million
In case you weren’t aware, Simon Cowell is one of the richest men in the UK. He’s been a judge and a producer of Pop Idol, The X-Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent (just to name a few). As if that’s not impressive enough, he’s also been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2014 and 2010.
This is why it’s not really news that Cowell has many expensive hobbies, one of them being collecting luxury cars. His collection is home to over 25 vehicles (and we don’t even want to think about the cost that comes with them all). Along with his cars that are altogether worth over $15 million, he also owns a Race Car and a Quad Bike. Watch out Jay Leno, looks like Simon Cowell is coming for your crown!
Mercedez Benz G-Class: $140K
If you’re someone who lives and breathes the Internet and Internet personalities, then you probably have a good idea who this is. If you don’t, all you need to know is that Trisha Paytas gets paid a LOT of money to post entertaining videos on YouTube and photos on Instagram.
Paytas has made absolutely sure that she brings attention to herself wherever she goes by customizing her $140K Mercedez-Benz G-Wagon to fit her style needs. Since her net worth is already at $4 million, we’re pretty sure this won’t be the only expensive purchase she will make throughout her career.
Audi R8: $250K
There’s a good chance that you saw this coming. Yes, The Biebz has made it onto this list with his customized leopard printed Audi R8. It looks like Justin has expensive taste, as he owns ten cars and two motorbikes. Although he’s young, it seems he has a car collection that most grown men would be envious of.
All of his luxury vehicles are customized to his liking, and most of them feature different prints. Some of his more impressive vehicles are a chrome Fisker Karma, blacked out Range Rover, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari 430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 997 Turbo, Lamborghini Aventador, and Campagna T-Rex 14R.
Porsche GT3 RS: $176K
Caitlyn Jenner is a bold lady, and she sure makes a statement when she pulls up in her purple Porsche GT3 RS that is worth $176K. It’s been reported that she’s been seen all around Los Angeles in her shiny vehicle. Since Jenner’s net worth reaches $100 million, we’re not surprised that she spends a good portion of her earnings on her fleet of fancy cars.
It is reported on the Porsche’s website that the car comes with 500-horsepower and can go 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds. Even though the car is street legal, Caitlyn will likely be using this car strictly for the track. It looks like this vehicle is just perfect for the car enthusiast.
Bugatti Veyron: $2.2 Million
The Game is a rapper and producer from Compton, California, and is recognized as being one of Dr.Dre’s protégés. Having been in the industry since the early 2000s, he’s led an impressive career. Overall, it is reported that his net worth is $22 million, and he certainly likes to spend his money on lavish items.
Like many other celebs, The Game is also someone who has a soft spot for luxury vehicles. With quite a collection of expensive rides, there are some that stand out from the rest. The Game has a Porsche Panamera, Fisker Karma, Bentley GT Camaro, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Dodge Challenger, customized Leather-Wrapped Ferrari, and a $2.2 million Bugatti Veyron.
Porsche Panamera: $200K
You know her, you love her, but you probably aren’t aware that she’s quite a car connoisseur. Throughout her career, Stefani has been critiqued and applauded for her unique style of music, life, and fashion. However, her unique persona doesn’t stop there. Her Porsche Panamera is estimated to be valued at about $200K.
Although she doesn’t have quite that expensive of taste in comparison to other celebs, it is apparent that she still knows how to ride in style. It is reported that Stefani used to ride around in a Maserati, but she traded it in for her black Porsche Panamera.
Bugatti Veyron: $2.5 Million
Even if you’re not a big soccer fan, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with the name Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, often hailed as one of the world’s best soccer players, has a net worth that reaches over $400 million. With that amount of money in the bank, there’s no second-guessing when it comes to adding expensive and luxurious cars to his collection.
Something you probably don’t know about him? He likes his cars in threes! So yes, Ronaldo is the proud owner of three Ferraris, Mercedes-Benzs, Audis, and Porsches. He also owns two Bentleys, an Aston Martin, DB9, Phantom Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini Aventador, and a GranCabrio (to name a few).
Rolls-Royce Phantom: $410K
Lil’ Kim is an iconic figure in the hip hop world, appearing onto the scene in the early ‘90s. She’s also the original artist that made buying luxurious and expensive cars, and dyeing them pink, cool before anyone else (sorry Nicki and Amber).
Lil’ Kim was quick in purchasing a $250K Bentley Continental GT, which ended up being repossessed because of a financial hiccup. (It’s ok Kim, we still love you). It was reported that she filed for bankruptcy and was fighting to keep her house. These days, she’s riding around in a $410K Rolls-Royce Phantom, and there is no news on her financial standings.