Hate to disappoint you, but many drive like anyone else:
- Elon Musk has a Tesla Model S, of course.
- Mark Zuckerberg drives a black Volkswagen GTI, but he also has an Acura TSX.
- Bill Gates used to drive to his office in a Ford Focus, but he had a few Porsches for fun. Steve Balmer drives a Ford Fusion Hybrid, as he grew up in Detroit and his father worked for Ford.
- Jeff Bezos was well known for driving around in an old 2006 Honda Accord.
- Ingvar Kamprad, who founded Ikea, drives a 1993 Volvo 240.
- Sam Walton, who founded Wal-Mart, famously drove around in old pickup. His daughter drives around in a 2006 Ford F-150. According to the book "The Millionaire Next Door", the Ford F-150 is one of the most popular vehicles for millionaires.
- Warren Buffet drives a Cadillac DTS, which he bought during the financial crisis to show support for GM. It was recently auctioned off for charity:
- Michael Dell drives a 2004 Porsche Boxer that's worth about $20,000.
- Eric Schimdt from Google drives a Toyota Prius.
Some of them have flashier rides; Larry Ellison has a collection of super cars, including a McLaren F1. Michael Bloomberg and Nike founder Phil Knight both drive an Audi R8. Richard Branson flies a lot, but while in the UK, he famously drives a $125,000+ Gibbs Aquada amphibious car, which he often uses to cross the English Channel.
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My old boss / investor / mentor had a legendary vintage sports car, a pristine original vintage 427 Shelby Cobra. He did not ask for it; he went in 50/50 as a favor for a strategic client who had a chance to buy two. It was made in the mid '60s, worth $75,000 in the '80s when he bought it (probably over $800,000 now), and in Detroit fashion, could leave nearly any other production vehicle of the era in the smoke as long as the road was straight and smooth with no rain, snow, or potholes.
He hated the car. He did not own a top for it. He felt no need to impress anybody, and thought it was too ostentatious and impractical to drive. He let the neighborhood high school boys drive it for kicks. Lucky boys.
His usual vehicle, I believe, was a crude and boxy thing, an early '70s Ford Country Squire station wagon if I remember correctly. It was in so-so condition, never too clean, and the fake plastic decals that looked like wood were beginning to peel off like a bad sunburn. The car had a ridiculous engine that, thanks to the lack of emissions equipment, could accelerate quickly in a straight line up to a maximum speed of about 120 miles per hour, at which point weird aerodynamic effects would overcome any attempts at faster forward movement--note the ornamental anti-spoiler at the tail end of the luggage rack. Some of these cars would generate considerable lift at speed. He was fond of this awful car.
This is an ancient issue that crosses cultural boundaries. If you have it, there is no need to demonstrate to anybody how rich you are. If your status is uncertain or you feel insecure about it, you might want to show off.
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