Splurging on a designer item or two makes you feel rock bottom guilty. So, what will racking up thousands or even millions of dollars in a single shopping spree feel like? For these four individuals, they probably felt on top of the world.
“When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.” – Elayne Boosler
The diva has paid Balenciaga $100,000 for a golden bra and leggings ensemble in the past. She has even bought a $2 million sports car as a gift for her hubby. Yet, that’s just the tip of an iceberg for her. Beyonce went ahead and bought her husband an even more expensive gift – a $40 million private jet. All these are fair game for her, though, and no cause for worry. She’s worth a lot more than her expenses. As such, she can very well afford them and still have extra millions in the bank to spare.
All these are fair game for her, though, and no cause for worry. She’s worth a lot more than her expenses. As such, she can very well afford them and still have extra millions in the bank to spare.
Princess Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmad al-Sudairi
The Vanity Fair did not refer to her as a “world-class shopaholic” for nothing. In fact, in one shopping spree, she racked up a $20 million bill after a trip through Paris’ Place Vendome and Avenue Montaigne, the premier shopping spots for luxury items in the city.
She also incurred a $7 million hotel bill after staying at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Paris for five months with a phalanx of people. Together, they occupied a total of 41 rooms. The more scandalous aspect of it all is her attempts to escape her payables. She never actually paid for all that she bought. Rather, her relatives in the Middle East ended up settling the tabs to save the family name.
She was finally grounded and prevented from leaving her palace to avoid similar happenings. However, she has been able to flee her palatial confinement in the past. Therefore, it may be just a matter of time before she invades Paris again, leaving a trail of massive debts in her wake.
William Randolph Hearst
When his mother died in 1919, he inherited $11 million.That was a huge fortune in those days. He promptly used the funds to buy nearly 50 publications. This made him even richer as the owner of the biggest media network in the world.
He did not stop there – he shelled out millions of dollars for the furnishing of the “castle of his dreams,” which is in California. He piled the property with hundreds of ancient vases, sculptures, and expensive bronze and marble statues. He aimed to make the Hearst castle a “museum of the best things that I can secure.”
She is a shopaholic par excellence, which is not surprising considering that she has made the coffers of the Philippines—of which her dictator husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was then president—her own shopping purse.
She has done numerous astounding shopping sprees, but her most renowned jaunt was the one in 1983. She spent $7 million — a sizeable amount in those days — in just 90 days.
“In a single day in New York, she spent $3 million,” a report noted. “Her New York loot included $2 million in fine jewelry and $35,000 on limousines.”
“In Rome, she purchased a $3.5 million Michelangelo painting. Her travel expenses were also extravagant; she once spent $2,000 in chewing gum during a stop at SFO.”
Mrs. Marcos also bought a couple of skyscrapers in Manhattan.She, however, sapred the Empire State Building from her clutches as she deemed it “too ostentatious.”