Trophy investments of billionaires

From a sun-drenched island to a cat-themed website, these offbeat purchases illustrate a truth about wealth: It lets people indulge in their passions.

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Sep 20, 2012 8:02AM
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 It has become commonplace and acceptable for people here to "hate' the rich, to hate (and envy) those who have succeeded on their own, invested well or even inherited, all with the attitude that 'they' should share it, give it to others (them) and breeding a sense of righteousness, covetousness and entitlement. As if it is THEIR money and THEY get to choose what to do with it. I am not rich but I wish I were for the freedom it affords and MORE power to those who have succeeded. AS long as they pay their legal taxes and came by it without stealing from another GOOD for them-it is THEIRS to do with what they wish- if they want to give money to the poor or more to social causes, then that is a private matter and is what CHARITY is for-the same with us of the middle class-I'll pay reasonable taxes and contribute my share but I am sick and tired of the government and the many who feel they are OWED by  those more fortunate because they have less, telling me who to give my money to. If I want to go beyond paying for roads, schools etc., that is MY bussiness and MY choice and it is a private one. This attitude that you are 'cold' or uncaring if you are rich or don't choose to support every social program on the planet and 'share' your wealth is nothing more than thinly disguised envy and greed-go make your own money and manage your own spending-the hard earned money others' make, even the very wealthy is NONE of your business-nor is it your money to spend. And I'll even go a step further and suggest that if those touting taking more from ones who have and giving to those who haven't, had more of their own, they would be the last ones to give it away...I admire those who are wealthy and are leading productive lives, regardless of how many toys they have (good for them!) and WHAT they do with THEIR money is THEIR business-they have earned that, as has each of us...down with socialism. The envious, covetous, greedy buggers that want to distribute (others) wealth need a big attitude (and spiritual) adjustment...and of course, the media feeds on it with stories like this..
Sep 20, 2012 9:46AM
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Whomever runs msnbc must hate rich people.  Every day there's an article about how they have money to spend and we don't, as if it's all their fault.  The class baiting is disgusting.

How about an article or two about how middle America vacations, the cars they drive, their hobbies, etc.?  It would be more relevant.

Sep 20, 2012 10:59AM
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After thinking about this for a while, I have come to the conclusion that Reporters and Newspapers are to blame for most class "warfare" in the USA today. The reason I think that way is today we have too many newspaper reporters and not that many "good" stories. Therefore, if a reporter wants to get "his/her" articles published, they have to "make something up" or really " embellish or grossly expand what is the truth". And when the "every day" citizen reads this "gibberish" they get all excited about "everyone taking advantage of the situation" except them. Then they "hate" everyone who takes advantage of what is their right to do it. And of course because someone "else" can take advantage, the average person feels "left out and of lower rank". The next day the reporter has to again "get an article written in order to feed their family" so they "make up or embellish" another story. This "clash of the masses" is a reporters dream. It gives story upon story to a dim witted reporter who can just make stuff up as they go along. They don't care if the masses fight amongst themselves, they just feed off of it. Again the average citizen gets angry because they can't take advantage of the situation too.

Sep 20, 2012 8:08AM
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I'd love to own a cattle ranch one day. Maybe in Montana, or Wyoming. 
Sep 20, 2012 4:22AM
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i would have thought America was founded on fairness and honesty ,where a good person can do well if they stand by it, and are proper citizens, only then should you have the opotunity to be financialy well off ,remember crooks can be well off too especialy if the laws are more favourable too crooked people.
Sep 20, 2012 12:15PM
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You know, I finally realized that we should do away with our tax system. We should go to the type of tax system that we pay taxes on EVERYTHING that we purchase. Those that don't have a lot of money would only pay a little. Those that spend A LOT will pay a lot. If we except regular food and clothing, the rich and the well to do would pay MOST OF ALL THE TAXES. I mean even a crook, a drunk, a dope seller would all pay their fair share. We also could get a special exception for those on Welfare, etc. But the more a person spends the more tax they would pay. It's like a State tax. Most States charge a tax and it doesn't matter how much you make. Also some States charge truck drives a tax based on the total miles they drive.

Sep 20, 2012 7:17AM
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If MSN ever ran an article on the US culture of welfare and food stamp dependency I'd be shocked beyond belief.  Still MSN and libs love their attention-grabbing headlines and class warfare images.  See picture of big boat, get pissed off at billionaire who owns big boat, seek comfort in belief you are a victim and thats why you don't own a big boat, have Obama pat you on the head and say thats right, but you are smart too, believe his first term was actually a success and ignore all his first term promises unkept, vote for him in 2012, see deficit balloon to 20 trillion+ over next four years, while welfare and food stamp recipients continue to spike and economy founders, watch Hillary scramble to find someone (probably house and/or Senate depending on whether each or both have Republican majority) else to blame in 2016 while repeating the above.   Gotta love the democratic mob!
Sep 19, 2012 8:19PM
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My retirement plan consists of f*cking wealthy men out of their money.  Go me!
Sep 20, 2012 2:58AM
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This article has little in common with 99% of the population. 70,000 acres isn't much land to develop a cattle herd. What these people do has nothing to do with my daily life. Who cares about these people?
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 IT'S LIKE THIS, IF YOU WORKED ALL OF YOUR LIFE TO WIN A SUPER BOWL RING WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO LET PEOPLE BORROW IT FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT ? MOST RICH FOLKS WORK THEIR **** OFF TO GET WHERE ARE AND MANY BELIEVE THAT JUST BECAUSE THEY HIT A HOME RUN THEY SHOULD SHARE THEIR VICTORY WITH ALL.

  YOU HAVE TO BE REAL ON THIS. HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO SCREWED THE SYSTEM FOR A FREE LIFE TIME RIDE? WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS AND THAT RIDE COSTS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OVER A LIFE TIME. HOW COME ALMOST NOTHING IS SAID ABOUT WHAT THESE PARASITES DO? I BET WE COULD SAVE MORE MONEY ERADICATING THESE PARASITES THAN TRYING TO STEAL FROM THE RICH!! AND NO, I'M NOT RICH!!!

Sep 20, 2012 9:12AM
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The reason rich people stash their money off shore is they're afraid that after Obama's next 4 years, the USA will be broke. Keeping their gold and money off shore enables them to keep their money when the money in the US is worthless. That will be their revenge on all the stupid people that voted for Obama and let him ruin the USA.
Sep 20, 2012 8:34AM
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Article after article subtly attacking the 'rich'.  Are you sure you want to go down this road?
Sep 20, 2012 2:23AM
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To:  Jandy123,  Cattle will eat corn, or any other kind of grain.   We feed our cattle cottenseed meal, peanut meal, cracked oats, wheat, rolled corn, hay, grass. they will even eat your garden if you let them.  also eat fruit of of your fruit trees if they get out of their pastures.

 

We like to feed them grass from a good pasture rather than feed grain or some other type of food product because of the expense.

 

But yea, they eat grass, grain, veggies of other sorts than grass, fruit, soybean, cottonseed, peanut meal. 

Sep 20, 2012 12:29AM
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The rich??? 
Like Obama's buddies?
The founder of Google
The founder of facebook
Warren Buffet
Hollywood

In 2008, Barack Obama took more money from evil
wall street than any candidate in history. 

Sep 20, 2012 2:42AM
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This country was founded with the idea that people can be successful. That means you too. If you can't figure it out, you have reached the limit of your intelligence, your desire to work for it or your aversion to risk. What other suggestions are there?  Communism or Obama type socialism will be a failure. That is always a failure but for a few at the top.

Under capitalism, most have the opportunity to grow.

Sep 20, 2012 10:15AM
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Use your imagination....How many people did it take to build that yatch. It doesn't take much to see the hundreds if not thousand of jobs one billionare's project supports. But then, trickle down doesn't work....

 

Of course, if we just ran all that cash through the government and let the sitting president dole it out, that would be much more efficient. If you believe that I have some chads from the Florida Bush/Gore election that will some day be worth $1,000 dollars an ounce. You can have em now for just $250.

Sep 20, 2012 7:24AM
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NC gets burned each time they vote for a dem. Wont happen again. It just worked out that way. First were burned by Jimmy Carter now BO. WTF, wont vote dem anytime soon.

Sep 20, 2012 1:18AM
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How much government subsidies are these rich people getting and how much of that is kicked back to the politician.
Sep 20, 2012 1:19PM
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a consumption tax..or a national sales tax would generate revenue and still keep their car elevators
Sep 24, 2012 3:09PM
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My thoughts are mixed about the super-rich.  To me the question is how they made their loot. 
Industrialists invest over time and grow their fortunes. Good for them. They support the arts ,
create jobs and preserve our heritage. They donate to medical research, etc. 
Keep in mind. Money is not made or does it vanish. It transfers from one individual to another.
I think my problem is with the bankers and brokers who manipulate the markets to make vast fortunes at the expense of the middle class.   As the middle class has lost half of it's security thru
vanishing IRA's and SEP's, the nations financial elite picked it up.
Forget wars and foreign aid to the middle east. Invest that money in alternative energy and cars that get 100mpg. We won't need their oil which will make us truly independent .
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