Lifestyles of the Musical and Famous: 9 Crazy Pop-Star Splurges
Even though we are in a recession, it's as good a time as any to look at the Lifestyles of the Musical and Famous. A lifesrtyle in which the M&Ms are never brown, the Cristal always flows, and there's always a hotel room ready to demolish. Let the good times roll. Again. Soon. Please?
1. Michael Jackson — Neverland Ranch
Michael Jackson held the top spot for biggest pop star extravagance: Neverland Ranch (named in honor of Jackson's favorite kid, Peter Pan). He bought the 2,800-acre ranch in 1987 for an estimated $17 million. He built a private amusement park on the property, which included a zoo, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, rollercoaster, and bumper cars. Sadly, all that high living costs more than Jackson's faltering career and outrageous spending habits could sustain. He got hit with his own personal recession and eventually lost the property.
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2. Elvis Presley — Cadillacs
More than peanut butter-bacon-and-banana sandwiches, Elvis loved Cadillacs. From 1955 to 1977, he bought hundreds of them. Some he kept, some he gave away, and the last one he took to his grave at Graceland. His '65 Eldorado was insured for $250,000, had a gold-plated steering wheel, gold-plated TV and phone, and guitar-shaped sun visors. That's why he was the King, and I drive a Prius.
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3. David Lee Roth — Paternity Insurance
At the peak of his Van Halen days, Diamond Dave had a lot of ladies. So many, in fact, that Roth decided to shell out $10K a year on paternity insurance with Lloyds of London.
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4. Brian Wilson — Living Room Sandbox