Don’t bother trying to break the bank.
It’s hard to imagine spending a billion on a yacht. In fact, for most of us, it’s hard to imagine what a billion would even look like. However, there are some uber rich people in the world who will happily drop a million here, a couple of hundred thousand there – and a billion on something like a brand new yacht. Although it’s always good to aspire to greatness, it’s worth admitting that there are some luxury buys you’ll never be able to afford. Quite simply for most of us we could never afford these things because we’d never even be able to borrow the money to get close to affording them – the uber rich probably don’t even know the meaning of guarantor loans or doorsteps loans that many ordinary people have to rely on just to get by. But, hey, we can all dream…
The Streets of Monaco mega yacht: $1.1 billion
Although not built yet, plans have been drawn up for the Streets of Monaco yacht with a price tag that comes in at a cool $1.1 billion. In exchange for this insane amount you can expect a private beach, a go-kart track, casinos, swimming pools, a helipad and a deck modelled on the streets of Monaco. This yacht is officially the most expensive in the world – its closest rival costs just $650 million. Given that the annual cost of running even a regular sized super yacht is tens of millions, this one is well out of reach for the 99.9%.
The “Incomparable” diamond necklace: $55 million
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, as the song goes, and you’d certainly get a lot of love if you showed up to the party in the Incomparable, officially one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery in the world. The Incomparable has a brownish-yellow diamond pendant stone, which is completely flawless and weighs 407.48 carats. With the extra 91 white diamonds in the rose gold settings, the necklace comes in at a total of 637 carats for $55 million. To put that in some context, the size of the average engagement ring is 1 carat.
Goût de Diamants champagne: $1.8 million a bottle
Champagne is always the most expensive option on a drinks menu. However, there aren’t many of us who would expect to see a bottle with a $1.8 million price tag when trying to choose a tipple on a Friday night. If you could afford a bottle of Goût de Diamants you’d get a mix of Grand Cru Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunie in a bottle with an 18-carat white gold logo and a 19-carat diamond in the centre.
The Susan Rosen bikini: $30 million
A bikini made of diamonds – not the kind of luxury buy that most of us will ever be able to afford. You actually don’t get much for your money with this one, as the 150 carats of flawless diamonds in a platinum setting won’t cover much. But then this isn’t the kind of bikini you’d wear by the pool. Tiger woods reportedly purchased the bikini for $30 million in 2010 – although no one knows who it was for.
And the rest…
Just to make your even more envious, here are a few more luxury buys you will never be able to afford:
Gulfstream G650 jet $65 million
The RUF CTR-3 Club Sport (car) $800,000
Billionaire Couture crocodile skin umbrella $50,000
Atlantic City Monopoly $8,000
Harrods Pot Noodle $43