15 Rich Celebrities Who Choose to Drive Cheap Cars
We all know that celebrities make millions of dollars in every deal they make, whether it’s from their talent fees, sales of their music albums, or their top grossing movies. Given that most celebrities are multi-millionaires, we would expect them to splurge their money on luxuries such as expensive homes, yachts, and luxury cars. Surprisingly, there are some rich celebrities out there who choose to drive cheap cars.
1. Britney Spears
After more than a decade in the music industry, Britney Spears has proven that she is here to stay. From her successful first album “Baby One More Time,” which was followed by 12 more albums (as of 2013) that sold millions of records all around the world, to dozens of sold out concerts and endorsements, the Pop Princess has surely made a name for herself. With her success, of course, comes millions of dollars in paychecks.
While Britney made sure that she spent her money well, buying her own mansion and splurging on expensive trips abroad, she didn’t mind buying a $25,000 Mini Cooper. Sure, she owns several luxury cars, like a Maserati GranTurismo, but the Pop Royalty also doesn’t mind driving her Mini Coop along the streets of Hollywood.
2. Ron Artest
As a basketball superstar, you would expect Ron Artest (who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011) to never be spotted with a “cheap” car, right? Interestingly, the NBA star drives a Hyundai Genesis that costs around $35,000.
What’s even more amusing is that this sedan wasn’t bought by Artest, but was a gift from George Lopez, who made sure that the Genesis was customized to have the colors of the LA Lakers. Luckily, Artest was drafted back this season to the team after leaving NBA league in 2014.
3. Steve Ballmer
Business tycoon Steve Ballmer isn’t exactly a celebrity, but he sure is a popular figure being the owner of the NBA team LA Clippers and a retired Microsoft executive.
With a net worth of $22.4 billion, Ballmer can easily buy himself a Bentley or Bugatti if he wanted to. But Ballmer probably didn’t think that he needed to spend his millions on his transport, because he preferred to buy a customized Ford Fusion Hybrid that only costs a meager $35,000.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio may be the 13th highest paid actor in 2015, earning $29 million from his latest film “The Revenant,” but he seems to prefer not splurging his money on expensive cars.
In contrary to his movie characters Jay Gatsby in the Great Gatsby and Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall Street, who both lived over-the-top luxurious lives, Leo chooses to drive a Toyota Prius that costs not morer than $30,000. As a staunch supporter of environmental preservation, Leo surely lives to his advocacy by driving this eco-friendly vehicle.
5. Justin Timberlake
Despite leaving his boy band group NSYNC, Justin Timberlake found himself launching successful music albums from his first solo album “Justified” in 2002 and also starring in several films such as “In Time” and “Friends with Benefits.” And even though he’s famous, Justin seems not to be too particular in his choice of vehicles. In fact, he was reported driving around the streets with a $16,000 fourth-gen Volkswagen Jetta, a car you wouldn’t catch Justin Bieber driving.
6. Conan O’Brien
The television personality may have an unstoppable career from being a writer and producer of the Simpsons in the early 90s and the host of several talk shows, but Conan O’Brien can’t seem to let go of his 23-year-old Ford Taurus SHO. Although the Taurus cost $24,000 during its heydays, today, the 1992 model of this sedan only costs not more than $2,000.
7. Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is one of the recognizable names in the world of film due to his successful career beginning from the 60s and the movies he directed, including the 2014 film American Sniper. Although Eastwood is already considered a legend and has been involved in multiple box-office-selling movies, the film icon seems to not be bothered owning an early 90s model of the GMC Typhoon. Although this SUV has a powerful engine that produces 280 horsepower, it’s fairly cheap at only $29,500.
8. Colin Farrell
Irish Hollywood actor Colin Farrell may be one of the sexiest men alive, but his vehicle is far from the definition of sexy. His 90s Ford Bronco may not turn heads when it goes down the freeway, but seeing Farrell drive it may make you want to take a second look at the SUV. Today, a used Bronco can go anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.
9. LeBron James
LeBron James may be the top paid athlete in the NBA in 2015 with a total earnings of $64.6 million, but he also doesn’t mind owning a fairly cheap vehicle like his 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
Sure, King James also owns a fleet of expensive cars such as a Bentley, Ferrari, and Porsche, but he can also be seen driving this $39,000 Jeep.
10. Daniel Radcliffe
Thanks to the success of the Harry Potter series, which he stars in, in case you don’t know, Radcliffe has already been a millionaire even before he reached 18. Even with his successful career on the big screen, Radcliffe chose to purchase a Fiat Punto worth $17,800 when he was legal to drive. His choice might surprise you, but according to the Harry Potter star, he chose to buy this car because it was environmentally friendly.
11. Mel Gibson
The American actor and director Mel Gibson may have several films to brag about, including Braveheart, Mad Max, and The Passion of the Christ, but the paparazzi were definitely surprised to see the controversial actor driving a 20-year-old Toyota Cressida around Malibu.
Today, the classic car could cost around a couple of dollars, or if you’re lucky, you’ll find a customized Cressida worth $10,000.
12. Tom Hanks
You’re probably living under a rock if you haven’t seen any of Tom Hanks’ films. With a three-decade career, Hanks has been involved in many films, either starring in it or writing, directing, or producing it.
Even though Hanks has a net worth of not less than $300 million, the Forrest Gump star can be seen driving around Los Angeles with a Scion xB. The usual selling price of a Scion is around $15,000, but since Hanks made some modifications to the vehicle’s engine, his Scion had probably cost him around $55,000, which is still a cheap price for a big star like Tom Hanks.
13. Jay Leno
Sure, Jay Leno is a proud owner of one of the largest collection of cars in the globe, but the TV personality doesn’t limit his collection to just the super luxurious and expensive vehicles. In fact, it was reported that Leno also owned a 1991 GMC Syclone that’s worth $26,000.
14. Jennifer Lawrence
JLaw may be this year’s world’s highest-paid actress with a total earnings of $52 million, but the Hunger Games star chose not to spend her money on a luxury car but preferred to purchase a $35,000 Volkswagen Eos.
15. Pope Francis
The Pope technically is not a celebrity, compared to the others on this list, but he sure is one of the most influential icons today. Known as a humble and down-to-earth leader of the Catholic faith, the Pope reportedly owns a donated 1984 Renault 4 hatchback. This car today only costs a couple of thousand dollars.