These Six Rich Celebrities Drive Surprisingly Affordable Cars

While people with large amounts of money in their names usually tend to trade up every chance they get when it comes to cars, others, regardless of how successful they are, simply live well enough alone.

Still, while this isn’t a new trend by any stretch of the imagination, some of the names on this “list” that were compiled by CNBC are going to come as a shock, especially since most of them are billionaires, with a big, bold B.

Admit it, have you ever imagined somebody as wealthy as say, Warren Buffett, driving anything other than peak luxury? He’s currently the second-wealthiest individual in the world after Bill Gates, with a net worth of $75.6 billion.

So perhaps a Mercedes-Maybach would fit his needs? A fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms? Bentley Mulsanne? How about a 2014 Cadillac XTS? That’s more like it! But let’s run through the whole list of names:

Warren Buffett – Cadillac XTS

Earlier this year, a report came out that Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hethaway, bought a Cadillac XTS in 2014, as an upgrade to his previous car, a 2006 Cadillac DTS. You might think he really loves Cadillacs, and you’re probably right. Apparently, the business mogul drives very little, about 3,500 miles (5,600 km) per year, so in a way it makes sense for him to rarely buy a new car. Still, he could easily afford any of the world’s most luxurious and expensive automobiles.

Mark Zuckerberg – Acura TSX

Why the founder of Facebook and the fifth-richest man in the world isn’t driving something more technologically advanced than an old TSX is a bit strange. Then again, he simply might not be such a big “car guy”. According to CNBC, he says that his TSX, a car he’s been seen driving in the past, is “safe, comfortable and not ostentatious.” Allegedly, he also owns a VW Golf GTI, which costs about the same as his Acura.

Alice Walton – Ford F-150

Heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune and second-wealthiest woman in the world, Alice Walton apparently is a gal who loves trucks. More specifically, a 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch. What’s interesting is that her late father and founder of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton, drove the 1979 version of that same truck. You don’t mess with success, right?

Ingvar Kamprad – Volvo 240 GL

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad returned to Sweden back in 2014 after 40-years of tax exile, when for two decades his favorite means of transportation was a 1993 Volvo 240 GL. It’s said that he only gave up driving the car after somebody convinced him that it was too dangerous to get on the road at the age of 91.

Steve Ballmer – Ford Fusion Hybrid

Former Microsoft CEO and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer, has a net worth of $30 billion and is the 21st richest person in the world. He’s also a massive Ford fan because his farther was a manager at Ford, which is where the brand loyalty comes from. Back in 2009, Ford’s CEO gave Ballmer a new Fusion Hybrid, although it’s possible he’s updated to something else by now. Either way, it’s not like there was a shortage of luxury cars back in 2009.

Kirk Cousins – GMC Savana

Finally the only person here who isn’t a billionaire. Don’t worry though, because with an annual income of $23.9 million, Washington Redskins starting QB Kirk Cousins isn’t exactly strapped for cash. Yet, the man with a cannon for an arm is very careful with how much money he spends, which is probably why he put some 100,000 miles on a GMC Savana Passenger Van and not a Cadillac Escalade.

* Note: Warren Buffett photo via U.S. Gov / Wikipedia

  • donald seymour

    The reason why these individuals have cars such as this is because they know themselves and they are comfortable with being themselves in any vehicle.

    • Craig

      I couldn’t have said that better myself!

    • S3XY

      That is not a reason. They just simply don’t care about vehicles and are keeping what they’ve always had. Aka living a boring life.

      • Jay

        Who are you to judge thier lives as being boring, you aren’t in their shoes and have no idea.

      • SteersUright

        You’re totally right. Its more likely they’re probably into other hobbies and cars just aren’t their thing as opposed to some deep seated, anti-materialism, zen-buddhist nonsense message they’re inadvertently trying to push.

      • Finkployd

        yea their ceramic teeth or wristwatch or annual golf subscription cost certainly more than their cars

    • Big Black Duck

      i disagree…i think they just dont give a damn about cars…they are more into empire building.. so lets stop trying to put some sort of humility spin on these guys… they drive these cars becuase they don’t care about cars .. for them is about point A to B..

      • donald seymour

        Actually, I don’t believe your statement contradict mines but rather coincides with mines.

  • pcurve

    I think some of these guys drive keep on driving their old cars because they’re superstitious.

  • donald seymour

    However, I would say the van is creepy for a millionaire.

    • Erzhik

      That van is probably better equipped than a $200k Maybach. And football players always drive big cars as they can’t fit into supercars.

      • Enter Ranting

        That van is certainly more reliable than a Maybach.

      • Liam Paul

        I’m tall, 6ft4 and 300 pounds, i driven them a few times last summer, their not a good fit for guys my or his size, I would say more like a chevy tahoe but maybe it is his dream van from when he was a kid, maybe it was owned by someone in his family who he love and passed away, I guess my point is for all these people, the cars must have strong memories that they want to hold onto. That is MO anyways

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  • Blade t

    They probably have some other hobbies where they spend some money, just not cars….

  • stelvio

    They’re buying these vehicles for the same reason my 80 yr old dad buys a 100usd mobile phone over a new iPhone eventhough he can afford it many times over. He doesn’t know how to use it and doesn’t need its features

    • Bash

      And Doesn’t Want to know how to use all those features.. they are irrelevant to them.. and they have more important stuff to care about.
      I totally agree with you.



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    • ediotsavant

      An XTS is a glorified Impala.

  • TheBelltower

    A. They don’t have to impress anyone. To most people, these guys have won.
    B. It’s not exactly safe for a billionaire to drive around in an ostentatious car.
    C. When you employ people, pulling up in an Acura says something to them about your values. Pulling up in a chromed Lamborghini or Bentley says something entirely different.

    • S3XY

      Why would I drive a POS if Im rich. “Values” LOL. I value a quality sustainable vehicle. Aka a Tesla.

      • TheBelltower

        Most people think billionaires have a garage full of Bentleys and Bugattis.

        • SteersUright

          Because in today’s climate of mostly ill-gotten billions, most do. The few legitimate business types are far and few between. Athletes in particular, are known for flashing their cash with multiple extravagances.

      • A tesla really? I don’t need a Bentley, but it would kill me if I had a Tesla to see that Renaults, Buicks… Are better assembled than my car. You just pay the tech.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    For many people a new shiny/”fancy” car isn’t important to them. They won’t be car fans and see no need to “invest” their money in such objects. It will be a means of getting from A to B.

  • ediotsavant

    Rich people know how to make money. A car is not an investment.

    • SteersUright

      Rich people are just as ignorant as everyone else. Rich does not immediately equate with smart, modest, etc., Thats a nonsense elitist comment.

  • BobV12

    On the other hand we had Steve Jobs swapping his black MB SL 500 for the same model every 6 months so he could not put a license plate on

    • Enter Ranting

      Steve Jobs was an asshole.

      • exeptor

        I don’t think so. Just a man like everyone else. Each and everyone of us is a least a bit of an asshole sometimes.

        • Enter Ranting

          No, he was a real jerk. It’s pretty well documented.

  • Steve Ballmer… I’m curious to know what he has, the man might like Ford, but he likes his toys.

  • Well, that’s a real jolly bunch of good ole car guys. 🙂

  • Wandering_Spirit

    They have just realized that going around with trouble magnets on wheels that cost like a luxury condo in Central Park isn’t that practical, while all what they need when they go around is UNDERSTATEMENT, which translates into freedom of movement and low key. Some people like being seen. Others don’t care.


    I’d ride around in a ’67 GTO in all black. Why? I just really like the look of it.