Elon Musk bought the submarine from 'The Spy Who Loved Me', while Jeff Bezos bought parts of the Apollo 12 engine taken from the bottom of the Atlantic.
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If you are one of the richest people on the planet, chances are you have found unusual ways to spend your money.
That's what technology leaders like Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have done: they have spent money on things like a piece of Hawaii or the submarine used in the James Bond movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me.”
Some technology billionaires are famously austere, while others spend money in more conventional ways such as mansions or fabulous vacations. And although the billionaires listed below have their good share of houses and yachts (in addition to more noble donations to charities), they have also used their millions for projects they are passionate about.
Here are some of the most unusual and extravagant ways in which great technology leaders have spent their money.
Many CEOs make expensive purchases of houses and land, but there may not be any as sound as the one made by Oracle founder Larry Ellison. In 2012, the billionaire bought 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
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Ellison is said to have paid $ 300 million for the island in 2012. It contains 90,000 acres of land and several resorts, and is home to more than 3,200 residents. Ellison plans to use the land to test environmental practices such as the use of solar energy and electric vehicles.
Not surprisingly, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has an unusual interest in vehicles. For example, in 2013 he bought the Lotus Esprit submarine, used in the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Musk paid $ 920,000 at the auction.
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“Being a little boy in South Africa, it was impressive to see James Bond drive his Lotus Esprit from a dock, press a button and transform it into a submarine,” Musk said in a statement to Jalopnik at the time. “I was disappointed to realize that it was not really transformed. What I'm going to do is update it with an electric powertrain from Tesla and try to really transform it. ”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos invested $ 42 million in a mechanical watch buried inside a mountain in Texas.
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The 10,000-year clock, as they have called it, was created by a group called The Long Now Foundation. It is a 152 meter high clock that works thanks to thermal cycles and is designed to record time for millennia.
Bezos has a passion for space, as demonstrated by his company Blue Origin. In 2013, the manager also financed an expedition to rescue what was left of the multiple Apollo engines at the bottom of the ocean.
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Bezos led a team that sent robots 4,000 meters below the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean under Cape Canaveral, in Florida, to recover parts of the Apollo 12 engine.
“Recovering all those pieces and being able to play them, I returned those feelings from when I was 5 years old and I saw that those missions were going to the moon,” Bezos said in a video about the Seattle Times expedition. “If this results in a young explorer, a young adventurer or a young inventor doing something incredible to help the world, I will be satisfied.”
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has invested between $ 100 and $ 150 million of his own money in an 183-meter aircraft.
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Caption: an aircraft, although it is not the one Sergey Brin is building.
It is said that Brin is building an aircraft that could be the largest in the world, near a NASA research center in Mountain View, California.
According to reports, he plans to use it to deliver for humanitarian missions or as an “air yacht” for friends and family.
Google's other co-founder, Larry Page, is also interested in flying vehicles, although of a different variety: Page finances three startups that manufacture flying cars.
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Page has invested in a flying taxi for two people called Cora and in a flying boat called Flyer, both made by the flying electric transport company Kitty Hawk. He is also involved in Opener, a startup that makes a flying vehicle called BlackFly.
The amount of money Page has invested in these projects is not known exactly.
And although many senior executives have private planes, Page and Brin went beyond the typical jet. In 2005, they bought an old passenger plane, a Boeing 767-200.
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But being true to what is done on Google, Page and Brin modified the interior, adding a dining room, two rooms with adjacent bathrooms and several seating areas. The jet can carry 50 passengers and includes several first class seats.
Meanwhile, Oracle's Larry Ellison owns a seized Soviet jet, the Mikoyan MiG-29.