The rich and famous choose the lives of ordinary people
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The people you are about to read about now avoid the luxury and bustle of high life, despite their very enviable position. Earning millions or even billions of dollars, they live as the average income level allows.
They don't spend money on fabulously expensive parties and travel. On the contrary, they lead such a moderate and frugal lifestyle that, looking at them, another miser would be ashamed of his ugly extravagance. None of these ten rich and successful people is at risk of losing their money and fame one day, because they all prefer not to tease capricious, as you know, fortune.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, fortune — $ 15 million
Is it possible to imagine the teen idol "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" sitting at the kitchen table and carefully cutting out coupons for discounted purchases and sales? However, this is exactly what actress Sarah Michelle Gellar does. She always keeps track of profitable offers, sales and generally does not disdain to save money in any way. In between filming, she participates in the volunteer movement and makes donations to charity events held, for example, by the International non-governmental charity Organization for the Construction of Houses for the Poor Habitat for Humanity. It can be confidently stated that Gellar has always maintained composure and prudence in everything that concerns money, paying tribute to the gratitude of her mother, who taught her to manage her funds economically and wisely.
Sarah Jessica Parker, fortune - $90 million
Sarah Jessica Parker had to lead a rather meager lifestyle at one time, bordering on need, since the only source of income for a family of eight people were social security benefits. It seems that this former poverty haunts the famous actress, because she leads a very modest life, despite the fact that she has already reached the top of Hollywood success after playing the role of Carrie Bradshaw in the cult television series Sex and the City. She rarely makes expensive purchases and dresses her children in the cheapest stores and second-hand. Some journalists think that her lifestyle is the complete opposite of the unbridled passion for luxury and extravagance inherent in her heroine, even though after the end of filming she got many of Carrie Bradshaw's designer dresses and accessories.
Tyra Banks, fortune - $90 million
Friends and family have long been familiar with the thrift of supermodel Tyra Banks. She even has an accountant, whom she consults every time before making any significant acquisition. It is known that she never throws away leftovers, eating it in a heated form the next day, collects soap and shampoos in hotels to use then at home. She never goes to posh restaurants, believing that places like The Cheesecake Factory, where you can eat inexpensively, are much more suitable for her.
Jay Leno, $350 million fortune
Having become one of the most successful TV presenters in history, Jay Leno never forgot what kind of life he had to lead when he worked in two places at the same time in his youth, trying to make ends meet. It's hard to believe, but Leno constantly defers all his royalties from his highly successful "Night Show with Jay Leno", spending only what he earns as a comedian. However, he invests part of his savings in exotic and rare car models, without, as a rule, making any other expensive purchases.
Tim Cook, fortune - $400 million
Tim Cook, currently the chairman of the board of the powerful Apple Corporation, despite a multimillion-dollar salary, lives in a very modest condominium. He never makes weekend pleasure trips to exotic countries, never uses an airplane for personal purposes. Cook is known for his public statements against luxury living, he has repeatedly shared his beliefs, which he formulated something like this: "Professional reputation makes you successful, not a checkbook." A successful businessman is very proud of his good name in the business world and sees this as the main motive for hard work.
Alexander Lebedev, fortune - $ 1.1 billion
The total value of assets owned by Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev is estimated at approximately $ 1.1 billion. In 2012, he left the list of the richest people in the world published by Forbes magazine, and was, it seems, the only one who expressed relief and joy in connection with this fact. According to some estimates, his income has decreased by 57 percent, but Lebedev, they say, is not upset at all and is not even concerned about this. In fact, not belonging to those oligarchs who actively participate in the discussion about ways to achieve social justice in Russia, he constantly donates part of his fortune to improve the lives of Russians.
David Cheriton, fortune — $3 billion
Known in the USA and around the world as a "billionaire professor", despite his wealth gained from investments in Google Corporation, which the project of two of his students (Larry Page and Sergey Brin) eventually turned into, David Cheriton still lives in the same house in Palo Alto as thirty years ago. He still teaches in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Technology at Stanford University. He cuts his own hair and drives a 2002 Honda Odyssey. Looking at him, it is impossible to find any external differences from an ordinary university employee.
Ingvar Kamprad, net worth - $ 4.1 billion
Swedish entrepreneur Ingvar Theodor Kamprad is known for founding IKEA, which for many years has been manufacturing furniture and interior items that can be seen in any student dormitory or apartment of the newlyweds. Being the creator of the largest industrial empire, Kamprad also became famous for his extremely modest lifestyle, incomprehensible and even annoying to many people. He flies economy class, drives a modest car, a rather old Volvo model. He even furnished his house with inexpensive IKEA products. Having become one of the richest people in the world, Ingvar Kamprad did not change his lifestyle in any way, remaining a modest and indifferent person to luxury.
Charles Feeney, $7.5 billion fortune
Despite the fact that the fortune of this American businessman and philanthropist is estimated at about 7.5 billion dollars, he himself spends it so generously that, according to his own estimate, he owns assets worth about two million. This billionaire, who at one time co-founded the Duty Free Shoppers Group, grew up during the Great Depression. This can probably serve as an explanation for his economical and moderate lifestyle — he just did not forget how he lived without money. He is spoken of as a man completely indifferent to wealth and luxury and generally very modest and simple. Charles Fin can often be found in a street crowd or an underpass, but it is absolutely impossible to distinguish him from other pedestrians.
Warren Buffett, net worth - $63 billion
Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the world, but if someone had watched his personal life, he would certainly have mistaken the billionaire for an ordinary representative of the middle class, of which there are millions in America. This modest super-rich man lives in a house that he once bought for $30,000. Moreover, he often makes very substantial donations, and recently ordered that most of this gigantic fortune be sent to charity after his death.