CAPE TOWN - If someone were to ask: Who wants to be a billionaire? The general response would likely be everybody. Some may already be daydreaming about what they would do if they could get their hands on $1 billion.
With a billion dollars in your bank account, nothing is really beyond your budget's reach.
From the luxurious to the unusual, we take a look at a few things you can buy as a billionaire, according to GoBankingRates:
1. The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is dubbed the most expensive street-legal production car available.
This car will set you back a massive $4.8 million.
The high-ranking price tag attributes to its exterior which is finished with resin that is infused with diamond dust.
The speed of this motor vehicle will also entertain the fast and furious with its 1,004-horsepower engine.
2. The Miami Marlins
This baseball team is valued at a whopping $940 million. This franchise will excite the aspiring entrepreneur and baseball lover who does not mind spending nearly his entire $1 billion check.
File image: Baseball team, the Miami Marlins. IOL.
Diamonds are arguably the most precious gem in the world. With that being said, it is also one of the most expensive gems.
A 59.6-carat "Pink Star was the most expensive diamond ever sold at $71 million at an auction.
Other diamonds which follow this extravagant value include the Oppenheimer Blue Diamond and the Graff Vivid Pink Diamond.
These diamonds have been sold in the $40 million to $50 million price range.
File image: Diamonds. IOL.
4. 0.13% of Apple Inc.
Another buy is stock in one of the world's biggest companies, Apple Inc.
However, stock in this company will only see you own less than 0.13% for $1 billion.
This is because the technology company's market capitalisation is $793.84 billion as of September 2017.
File image: Apple Inc.(Regis Duvignau / Reuters).
5. Two airbus A380S
The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger jet.
The plane has two levels, a 262-foot wingspan and a length of 239 feet. It can hold up to 853 passengers.
The Airbus A380S sells at at $436.9 million per plane.
With your pretax, the bill comes to $873.8 million which is not including a 6% sales tax.
This then brings your bill to just over $926 million.
6. Lanai Island, Hawaii
The 140 square miles Lanai Island is 98% owned by Larry Ellison, with the remaining 2% owned by Florida.
It consists of one small town of 3 000 people and only two landowners.
Forbes has estimated the value of this island to be worth nearly half a billion dollars.
This makes it accessible to the lucky $1 billion trustee.
However, trying to convince Ellison to sell may present a minor hiccup.
File image: Hawaii. (Supplied).
7. Yachts of Yachts
The world's most expensive yacht is the $1.9 billion Eclipse.
Unfortunately, your $1 billion budget falls short when it comes to purchasing this yacht.
However, you can settle for an alternative, the $600 million Dilbar or the $400 million Azzam are not bad second options.
The Azzam is almost 600 feet long and carries a crew of 60. It also has a bulletproof owner’s suite and a missile defense system, in case you are a bit more high-maintenance.
8. A yearlong stay at the Hotel President Wilson
The world's most expensive hotel will set you back by $80 000 per night.
You could spend a year in the presidential suite at the Hotel President Wilson for under $30 million. The suite has 12 bedrooms, 12 baths, a Steinway grand piano and an in-suite fitness area.
9. A player transfer
In soccer, players generally aren’t traded for other players. Instead, clubs wishing to acquire a player’s services pay a transfer fee to the selling team.
In 2017, Paris-St. Germain paid the highest transfer fees ever recorded, purchasing Neymar from Barcelona for $263 million.
Afterward, they signed Neymar to a five-year, $350 million contract, making the total outlay for his services over $600 million.
File image: Brazilian footballer, Neymar. (EPA).
10. World class wine and dine
Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort lists a $25,000 Kobe beef taco.
The dish includes caviar and black truffle brie cheese wrapped in a tortilla with gold flakes baked in. If you’re looking for the most expensive wine to pair it with, that would be a bottle of the 1907 Heidsieck, which sold for $275,000 - about $55,000 per glass.
File image: Wine. IOL.
11. A walk to remember, in space
Space Adventures offers regular people the chance to not only visit the International Space Station but also take a 90-minute spacewalk.
All you need is $35 million.
File image: Voyager 1 spacecraft barreling through space. (Supplied).
12. Angry Birds
Rovio Entertainment owns the game, Angry Birds.
Since its release in 2009, the game has been downloaded over 3.4 billion times.
The company is now looking to go public and has set target sales prices between $12.20 and $12.30 per share.
That puts the company at a value between $950 million and $1.1 billion - right within your price range.
File image: Angry Birds. IOL.
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