Extravagant parties only celebrities can afford
As the rap group Shop Boyz once said: “I’m on a money makin’ mission/But I party like a rock star/I’m flyin’ down twenty, lookin’ good in my hot car.” Not everyone can throw or attend fabulous parties, but like the Shop Boyz, we can dream, right?
1. Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding
Estimated cost: $34 million
Weddings are generally expensive, but most aren’t as expensive as the 2011 nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The very televised affair reportedly cost just about $34 million. However, $32 million of that went to security. The Royal Family definitely splurged on a lot of other things besides security, however.
Take Kate Middleton’s dress for instance — that was reportedly $434,000! That’s not even what the typical Americans spend on their weddings. The Knot’s 2017 Real Wedding Study found that $33,391 is usually spent on weddings in the U.S.
NEXT: This TV presenter had a shark tank at his 50th birthday party.
2. Simon Cowell’s 50th birthday party
Estimated cost: $1.6 Million
The American Idol judge is deadly serious about music and birthday parties. Simon Cowell threw out all the stops for his 50th in 2009, which Daily Mail described as the “who’s who of the most influential people in TV and music.” The event was at a mansion in Hertfordshire’s Wrotham Park.
Business Insider recounts 400 guests showing up to celebrate Cowell’s birthday in limos which he paid for. There were prawn and lobster martinis, fancy chicken soup, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, apple pie — sounds like an Englishman’s dream.
NEXT: They spent millions on their wedding but were only married for 16 months.
3. Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s wedding
Estimated cost: $3.5 million
Singer and actress Liza Minnelli got married to producer David Gest in March of 2002. The pair only stayed together for 16 months before divorcing but their wedding will be remembered for ages to come. Backed by a 60-piece orchestra, the iconic singer Tony Bennett entertained Minnelli and Gest’s 500-some guests, says Reuters.
What’s more, the extravagant event was held at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. The best man? None other than the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson himself. Other guests in attendance were some of the most well-known people in the music and film world.
NEXT: Her famous parents closed down an entire theme park for her second birthday.
4. Blue Ivy’s second birthday party at Jungle Island
Estimated cost: Unknown
For those not in the know, Jungle Island is a wildlife and botanical garden park in Miami, Florida. If you’re a nature loving kid, this is the ultimate birthday party location. TMZ says that Beyoncé and Jay Z had the entire Jungle Island park closed down just for their little girl in January 2014.
It’s doubtful that Blue Ivy remembered the entirety — or any, for that matter — of her second birthday, but she probably had a blast regardless. Despite their professional snooping, TMZ couldn’t crack the party costs. However, GA tickets are $37.33 for kids with VIP tours at $328.90.
NEXT: One of music’s wealthiest songwriters spent $3 million on a black and white themed 40th birthday party.
5. Sean Combs’ 40th birthday party
Estimated cost: $3 million
Combs (far left) is one of the wealthiest musicians in the world with an estimated net worth of $820 million, according to Forbes. Dropping $3 million on his 40th birthday party is a mere drop in the bucket for the famed rapper. A black and white themed event, one of the biggest expenses was white orchids.
Combs spent a whopping $28,000 on these flowers. Seems like all the expenses for this 2009 event were worth it because Combs tweeted the next day: “I haven’t had a hangover in five years! But I have one now! What do I do?”
NEXT: Just because a party is understated doesn’t mean it’s cheap.
6. Lindsay Lohan’s 20th birthday
Estimated cost: $100,000
Just because a party is understated doesn’t mean it’s not expensive. Take Freaky Friday star Lindsay Lohan’s 20th birthday bash for instance: Lohan had a dinner party with her closest friends. Sounds mellow enough, right? Well, put that dinner party at a beach house in Malibu, California and hire celebrity chef, Kerry Simon.
Celebrity website Success Story says her party cost $100,000. It’s unclear if that’s actually how much it cost because we don’t see any sources. We imagine that hiring the late Simon would have cost a pretty penny. An Iron Chef champ, Simon died at 60 from complications related to multiple system atrophy.
NEXT: Their haters questioned how their daughter’s wedding was paid for.
7. Chelsea Clinton’s wedding
Estimated cost: $5 million
You wouldn’t expect anything less from the wedding of a former first daughter of the United States. Bill and Hilary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, wed Marc Mezvinsky in 2010 at the Astor Courts estate in New York. The estate was originally built for John Jacob Astor IV, says CBS News.
The affair had about 400 people, a wedding dress by Vera Wang (who personally was in attendance) and a five-foot gluten-free cake. Some on the other side of the political aisle suspected the Clinton Foundation paid for Chelsea’s wedding — a claim Snopes says is unproven.
NEXT: Those that love music festivals will appreciate this model’s Glastonbury-themed affair.
8. Kate Moss’ 40th birthday party
Estimated cost: $129,292
The model made famous for her campaigns for high-end designers and active social life threw a four-day birthday party in 2014. Daily Mail alleged that the party cost around £100,000 ($129,292 in U.S. dollars today) and had a Glastonbury theme. For you non-Brits, Glastonbury is a famed British music festival.
The four-day affair was held at Kate Moss’ 10-bedroom home in Cotswolds. With husband Jamie Hince of rock band The Kills, Moss hosted famous guests like Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and designer Vivienne Westwood. A music lover, Moss had bands like Massive Attack and Florence and the Machine play sets.
NEXT: This star called a truck to bring over more cash to his strip club party.
9. Rick Ross’ 35th birthday party
Estimated cost: $1 million
There’s a lot of guys that wish they could throw a huge birthday bash at a strip club. Rapper Rick Ross (center) made that dream a reality in 2011. The Miami New Times says Ross literally spent $1 million at the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami — talk about being a generous tipper.
According to the Miami New Times’ “strip club expert” Disco Rick, there were partygoers throwing $30,000 to $50,000 to strippers in the VIP sections. What’s more, Ross apparently called in a Brink’s truck to bring even more money at 4 am.
NEXT: This hotel heiress held her 21st birthday in five different cities.
10. Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday party
Estimated cost: Unknown
Fashion magazines flipped out when Paris Hilton wore her iconic 21st birthday party iconic silver disco ball looking dress again in 2017. In 2002, she accessorized the glittery dress with a huge choker and a tiara. In 2017, she opted for sparkly cat ears, a choker, and sunglasses.
Back in 2002, Paris Hilton had five different parties for her 21st: The first was in Las Vegas, the second at famed Studio 54 in New York City, the third in Paris, France, the fourth in Tokyo, Japan, and the fifth and final celebration in Los Angeles, California.
NEXT: This wealthy child probably won’t remember her over the top birthday party.
11. Kylie Jenner’s daughter’s first birthday party
Estimated cost: Unknown
W Magazine profiled the mastermind behind most Kardashian and Jenner parties — Mindy Weiss. Besides organizing Kris Jenner’s Great Gatsby-themed 60th birthday party and Chicago West’s Alice in Wonderland-themed first birthday, Weiss did the famous StormiWorld party. In short, it was a temporary theme park for Kylie Jenner’s daughter, Stormi Webster.
W Magazine says StormiWorld consisted of a rainbow fairy room, bubble room, princesses, branded drinks, snacks, rainbow benches, balloons, two rides, a carousel, a carousel on the cake, a gift shop, and a riveting performance of “Baby Shark.”
NEXT: Here is another rich kid that probably doesn’t remember their expensive birthday party.
12. Suri Cruise’s second birthday party
Estimated cost: $100,000
Suri Cruise (center) is the daughter of actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Success Story says the party cost around $100,000 but that number doesn’t seem verified. What we do know is that the fête was held at the massive Cruise estate with a cake bigger than Suri herself.
Looking at the stalker-ish photos on PopSugar that appear to be shot from above, Suri Cruise wore an all-white dress for an affair that included lots of guests and balloons. Think Suri remembered this party? Probably not…
NEXT: This famous singer’s mom made an entrance to her 60th birthday in a horse-drawn carriage.
13. Beyoncé’s mom’s 60th birthday party
Estimated cost: $100,000, says Success Story
Behind every great pop star is a great mom. World famous singer Beyoncé celebrated with her mom, Tina Knowles (center left), for her 60th birthday with a big bash in New Orleans, Louisiana in January 2014. PEOPLE says that celebs like Kris Jenner and Jennifer Hudson were in attendance at the massive birthday party.
Musical guests like Jay Z, Monica, and Kelly Rowland were in attendance, but party planners Beyoncé and Solange hired a band. Birthday gal Tina Knowles arrived in style in a horse-drawn carriage — who’s the Queen now, Beyoncé?
NEXT: He celebrated his 21st birthday at the Omnia nightclub in Las Vegas.
14. Justin Bieber’s 21st birthday party
Estimated cost: Unknown
The singer of “Baby” and “Love Me” turned the very special age of 21 in none other than Sin City — Las Vegas, Nevada — in March 2015. At the famed Omnia nightclub, mom Pattie Mallette, close friends, A-list celebrities, and fans partied with Justin Bieber, said ABC News in 2015.
Earlier that day, he’d been filming a roast on Comedy Central with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. “I just had a long day, I’m pretty tired but I’m ready to turn up,” ABC News reported the young singer saying from the red carpet.
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15. Miami Heat championship celebration
Estimated cost: $200,000
After the Miami Heat won the NBA championships, the boys headed to nightclub LIV to live it up. Miami.com got a first hand experience: “Shortly after 2:30 a.m. players began arriving and filling up the main stage at LIV which had been turned into a massive VIP area reserved just for the Heat.”
“Along with Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Shane Battier, Norris Cole, Juwan Howard and others, the Heat filled the area to capacity. (Bosh was the last to arrive at 4:30 a.m.).” Reportedly, the team’s tab racked up to $200,000.
NEXT: The late King of pop sang at this royal’s 50th birthday party.
16. The Sultan of Brunei’s 50th birthday party
Estimated cost: $25 million
The year was 1996 when the Sultan of Southeast Asian country Brunei threw a $25 million party to celebrate his turning the big 5-0. The two-week long affair started off with a military march. The festivities included a polo match with Prince Charles of the United Kingdom.
It also had a 3,000 person dinner party at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s palace. The Sultan’s biggest expense was probably hiring Michael Jackson to sing at the party — that reportedly cost $16 million, says Business Insider.
NEXT: Ever wonder how the 27-year-old prince from Brunei parties? Find out in this next slide.
17. Prince Azim of Brunei’s 27th birthday party
Estimated cost: $100,000 just for white roses
It’s not clear how much Prince Azim of Brunei spent in total for his 27th birthday bash but Business Insider says he spent at least $100,000 on white roses. How dramatic! Clearly partying runs in the family (his dad is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah).
The party was thrown for Azim and three of his siblings in 2009 at a Stapleford Park country house in England, United Kingdom. The Telegraph said it was England’s “party of the year.”
NEXT: If you thought celebrity entertainers threw expensive parties — wait till you see what the chairman that runs TopShop spends.
18. Sir Philip Green’s 60th birthday party
Estimated cost: $20 million
You’ve probably not heard of Sir Philip Green but you’ve probably heard of the stores he runs. Topshop? Topman? Wallis? Outfit? All of those brands are owned by Arcadia Group of which Green is chairman. Right now Arcadia is struggling with dwindling sales and an unprofitable property portfolio, plus allegations of sexual harassment and bullying against Green.
Green’s 60th birthday party in Mexico in 2012 is a snapshot of simpler times for the billionaire businessman. Imagine this: a four-day fiesta on a Mexican beach with A-list guests, $80 burgers and world-famous performers — Chris Brown, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Wonder.
NEXT: This footballer married his childhood sweetheart in a multi-million dollar ceremony.
19. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin’s wedding
Estimated cost: $6,452,445
Football player (aka soccer player) Wayne Rooney married his childhood sweetheart, Coleen McLoughlin, in Italy in 2008. The Telegraph says that the lux wedding might have cost £5 million, which is $6,452,445 today. The paper goes on to describe other luxurious details — like the yacht McLoughlin stayed in the night before the nuptials.
Besides her traditional wedding white, she wore Christian Louboutin heels. Famously worn by Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw, some Louboutins can run almost $700. Her Manchester United husband and herself wed at the Riviera resort of Santa Margherita Ligure at the 17th century Villa Durazzo.
NEXT: You’d expect the owner of a $90 million Montecito mansion to have a multi-million dollar party as well, no?
20. Oprah BFF Gayle King’s 60th birthday party
Estimated cost: Unknown
TV icon Oprah Winfrey threw her best friend Gayle King the ultimate 60th birthday party. It’s unclear how much was spent but from what E! News describes, the 2014 party was off the chain. Held at Pier 59 Studios in NYC, Gayle’s party was themed “The World According to Gayle,” named after her O magazine column.
On the menu for the Tuesday evening soiree were burgers from Shake Shack, The Melt Shop grilled cheese sandwiches, Pop! Gourmet popcorn, black-and-white cookies, banana pudgies, Carousel Cakes cakes, and cake art from Baked by Melissa. Oprah is such a great friend!
NEXT: The theme of this CEO’s big 40th birthday bash was “let them eat cake.”
21. Yammer CEO David Sacks’ 40th birthday party
Estimated cost: $1.4 million
Guests at this tech mogul’s Marie Antoinette-themed party weren’t allowed to tweet about David Sacks’ fabulous party. PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy was told by Sacks that guests would be uncomfortable with publicity. Fortunately for nosy people, partygoers had loose fingers and couldn’t help themselves. The tweets revealed an incredible event.
Guests dressed in 18th-century French costumes a la Marie Antoinette and listened to Snoop Dogg — the live entertainment for the night. Business Insider says one guest said the party cost $1.4 million but that number wasn’t verified. It notes the party occurred after Microsoft bought Yammer for $1 billion.
NEXT: This party made the U.S. hate Wall Street.
22. Blackstone founder Steve Schwarzman’s 60th birthday party
Estimated cost: $3 million
The year was 2007, right before the U.S. economy went south in the recession. Understandably, many were grossed out with Steve Schwarzman’s displays of wealth. His 60th was held at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue in New York City’s Upper East Side. The guest list?
Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman-Sachs and former Bear Stearns CEO James Cayne were just some famous party goers. Famous singer Rod Stewart played the party, allegedly for $1 million. Steve Schwarzman has since apologized for the grand displays of excess. C’mon, dude! It makes us all jealous…
NEXT: He threw a multi-million pound party not for himself.
23. Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th non-birthday party
Estimated cost: Unknown, but in the multi-million range
The Chechen Republic’s leader in 2011 threw a gigantic party but claimed that it wasn’t for him. Business Insider says it was a 35th birthday for the young politician but Kadyrov insisted the party wasn’t for him. Instead, he says it was for the 193rd anniversary of the country’s capital, Grozny.
“I categorically forbid any events to be devoted to [my birthday] wherever they are,” the Telegraph reported Kadyrov saying. Celebrities Hilary Swank and Shakira were in attendance and violinist Vanessa Mae performed for $500,000, says Business Insider. Fireworks and a laser show closed out the evening.
NEXT: Cirque du Soleil flew in to entertain this billionaire.
24. Ukranian billionaire Victor Pinchuk’s 50th birthday
Estimated cost: $6.6 million
At French ski resort Courchevel, Ukranian steel billionaire Victor Pinchuk threw a multi-million dollar party in December 2010. The affair was complete with Cirque du Soleil performers, 300 guests, champagne, vodka, and vintage wines, with fireworks concluding the fabulous evening of luxury and excess says Business Insider.
Forbes says that Victor Pinchuk made his money with a steel pipe business. He founded the pipe producing company Interpipe in 1990. Forbes says his net worth is $1.4 billion, meaning the ski resort party is a mere drop in the bucket.
NEXT: Most of this party’s costs went to hiring John Mellencamp and the Rolling Stones for entertainment.
25. Texas Pacific Group Capital’s David Bonderman’s 60th birthday party
Estimated cost: $7 million
Being the head of one of the largest private equity firms in the United States comes with its perks. One being you can throw multi-million dollar parties. Texas Pacific Group Capital’s founder, David Bonderman, threw his 60th birthday party at The Joint in the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas.
The 2002 event had British rock n’ roll royals The Rolling Stones and singer-songwriter John Mellencamp as entertainment. The late Robin Williams served as master of ceremonies. CNN says David Bonderman’s lavish party cost an estimated $7 million.
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26. Former DHB Industries CEO’s daughter’s bat mitzvah
Estimated cost: $10 million
David Brooks, former DHB Industries CEO, threw a bat mitzvah for his 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, that most girls would dream of. Elizabeth’s wealthy father rented out two rooms at the Rainbow Room in New York City and hired world-famous musicians to perform in her honor. You’ll never guess who performed…
Rapper 50 Cent, Aerosmith and Don Henley of The Eagles played sets — the latter two seem an odd choice for a 13-year-old (maybe her dad booked them for his own entertainment?) but it was probably still awesome nonetheless!
NEXT: Guests were flown in on private jets to this wedding held in France.
27. Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter’s wedding
Estimated cost: $60 million
The Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal (center right) spared no expense for his daughter’s wedding. One thousand guests were flown in on private jets to the six-day event in France. First, the couple to be — Vanisha Mittal and her banker fiance Amit Bhatia — had an engagement ceremony at the Palace of Versailles.
Then, they had dinner prepared by chefs flown in from India at the famed Jardin des Tuileries, says Forbes. Daddy Lakshmi Mittal sure knows how to throw a party, no? The nuptials were estimated at a whopping $60 million.
NEXT: These royals spent more than what was spent on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s $34 million royal wedding.
28. The wedding of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Estimated cost: $100 million
The 1981 royal wedding of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama was a stadium event. No, literally — they held their wedding in a 20,000-seat stadium specifically built for the prince and princess’ seven-day wedding event. CBS News says the wedding cost an estimated $100 million.
Not only is this the most expensive wedding on our list, it’s also the most expensive event on our list! Interestingly, the crown prince went on to organize mass weddings to ease the financial pressures for young couples.
NEXT: Like the Miami Heat, this sports team also had a wild night at the Miami nightclub, LIV.
29. The New York Giants’ yacht party
Estimated cost: Unknown
After a meaningless Week 17 game beating Washington 19-10, the New York Giants partied at Miami’s LIV nightclub, then took the party on a boat. More specifically, a yacht. We’re not sure how much the guys spent on their festivities. But we looked through a couple yacht businesses’ websites for sample prices.
It’s $2,350 to rent a yacht for a day through Yacht Charters in Miami. Not much for an NFL player, but still pretty pricey for the average Joe. Some say that this was the party that cost the team the Super Bowl.
NEXT: One of Posh Spice and David Beckham’s children celebrated their birthday at Buckingham Palace.
30. Harper Beckham’s birthday party
Estimated cost: Unknown
Now here’s the ultimate princess party — David and Victoria Beckham’s daughter Harper was invited to a tea party at Buckingham Palace by Prince Andrew’s beau Sarah Ferguson. The Sun said that Ferguson (Fergie) was “blasted” for throwing the party behind the Queen’s back. Even if the Queen was angry, the little girls probably had a swell time.
The party was held in 2017, days before Harper Beckham’s sixth birthday in Prince Andrew’s private suite. The Queen was in Scotland at the time, so Fergie was apparently able to get away with the little girl tea party. A Royal insider told the Sun: “It’s very surprising Fergie would host a celebrity party at Buckingham Palace.”