Tech billionaires have more money than god and control over the internet, which makes them god-like. What mortal chariots are worthy of such wealthy, nerdy masters? Here are the ten cars you said were the best choices for a tech billionaire.
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10.) Nissan GT-R
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: We all know the story: in-dash display graphics designed by the fine folks who bring you Gran Turismo every couple of
decades years. Also, the GT-R has AWD and about a million computers onboard to make sure you don't wind up a pile of goo splattered across the road. That way, even if you're a nerd who hasn't stopped coding long enough to get out and drive in the real world, it can probably save your bacon and keep your other nerd friends entertained in the passenger seat playing with all the cool graphs.
9.) Chevrolet Volt
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: Taking over for the ubiquitous Prius, the Volt seems to be the new go-to car for fiscal and environmental responsibility. If you're a billionaire CEO who needs to prove that they care, the cool new toy is the Volt. Keep the really neat stuff in the garage for when the news cameras and paparazzi go home for the night.
8.) The Tumbler
Suggested By: Spiegel Fonzarelli
Why It's Great for Billionaires: There's only one, and it's only in Bruce Wayne's garage. Laboratory. Batcave. Whatever. But if you strike it rich with The Next Big Thing, you too can commission your very own multimillion dollar crime-fighting military-spec attack vehicle. (Morgan Freeman not included.)
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7.) Lexus LFA
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: Quite possibly even more advanced than the GT-R, the LFA takes effortless speed to another level. The engineering minutia that went into constructing the super-Lexus is sure to excite anyone with even the slightest interest in doohickies and thingamajigs. And to keep the board happy, John Q. CEO can just call it a leased company car. Everybody wins.
6.) Tesla Roadster
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: Lotus-like fun with Volt-like responsibility! The Tesla is highly stylish and highly entertaining to drive- both qualities befitting a billionaire. Trying to figure out how to get more charge into the batteries should keep our techie CEO busy for a few weekends, too.
5.) DeLorean DMC-12
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: Come on. Billionaire or not, what nerd wouldn't want to have the keys to a DeLorean?
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4.) Wiesmann MF
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: Chances are, most of the other CEOs on your block won't even know about the Wiesmann line of hand-built German sports cars. They begin with BMW powertrains and continue with hand made fiberglass bodywork, hand stitched interiors, building up to 0-60 times in the neighborhood of 4.5 seconds for the mid-range model. There's even a motorhome from the nice folks at Volkner that the car fits into, so the billionaire on a road trip can have something to run around town in.
3.) Ford Focus RS
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: For the American tech billionaire, there is nothing more exclusive than the current Focus RS. Very few live within these borders, and one of them is held privately by a man who loves it very much, so you can be sure it would command a high price (if it could be bought at all). When pried out of his hands it would be more than individual enough to stand out in a corporate parking lot full of Mercedes Benzes and BMWs.
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2.) Porsche 918 Spyder
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Why It's Great for Billionaires: I'm gonna come right out and say it: the 918 is the best-looking Porsche to roll through the gates at Stuttgart in years. As far as our billionaire is concerned, it helps that it's a hybrid, too. And that it's wickedly fast, and rare. Roll all that up, and you've got a fast, electrically-charged, German burrito. Who doesn't love burritos?
1.) Volvo 242 GT
Suggested By: Potbelly Joe
Why It's Great for Billionaires: And then Potbelly Joe had to come along and pull in a Volvo out of left field. The only rational explanation I can come up with (other than its obvious badass quotient) is that just like us regular folk, the tech billionaire has to go run errands once in a while. And while to an enthusiast the 242 GT is something special, to the average dude on the street it's just an ancient Volvo sedan. That means when they're out getting the kids from soccer practice or grabbing lunch on the weekend, they can be stealthy, but quick. Also, you can form a Billionaire old Volvo club with the founder and CEO of Ikea.
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