Saturday, March 11, 2006

Keeping Up With the Gates'

Forbes Magazine recently presented a list of the world’s billionaires for the inspiration of its readers. Forbes writer Nate Chapnick had the patience, or interns, to call DMVs around the US and the world to inquire what those billionaires are driving. Porsche nuts know that both Paul Allen and Bill Gates own the exotic and rare Porsche 959 and that they were not able to title the cars in the US during the ‘80’s when the cars were built. However not many people know that Paul Allen also has a 1988 Mazda B-Series pick-up; that is about as inconspicuous as one could get. It made me think of a gentleman who owned three homes in my parent’s neighborhood. Although he was worth a rumored $100 million in the mid 1970s, he drove a late sixties Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser like this one (actually the one in the photo is an early '70s model, but you get the idea). In addition to being some sort of industrialist he had been an engineer, so the back of that wagon was full of tools. Check out Forbes to find out what your favorite billionaire is driving these days!


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