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Updated on February 6, 2012

Money, Money, Money

Money is such an interesting topic. Some people hate money or those with it. Some say they are not interested in it. Others seem to have good luck when it comes to money and an ability to attract or make high amounts of money. Billionaires and millionaires are such people. I find them and the thought of having alot of money an interesting topic and thought. I love the thought of mansions, expensive things and all that money can buy.

Some of the world's billionaires inherited their money, others such as Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates are self made building their empires. Warren Buffet, the richest man in the world with a net worth of 62 billion and one of the self made still lives in a house he bought many years ago for $31,500.

Billionaire Secrets to Success

There have been plenty of books written on the topic of Success & Failure. This book is remarkably different from all the rest. Billionaire Secrets of Success is the first success and failure book written by a person who has personally experienced being a millionaire three times, being bankrupt twice, and being a billionaire once. Bill's successes have been the subject of more than 470 news articles in publications ranging from Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Inc., People, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. The author's unique journey from poverty to being the twenty-fifth wealthiest person in America, with several ups and downs along the way, has given him an amazingly unique perspective from which to share his experiences and the lessons he learned. He shares with the reader his nine principles for attaining success.

How I feel about billionaires

They say Money does not buy happiness

I agree with this statement, however if you are already happy it does add to your happiness. It gives you an ability to travel, do fun things, dine out, buy better homes, cars and clothes or afford these things.

I don't begrudge people who have money having money. I am not wealthy but I am not the type of person that thinks that just because I don't have neither should anyone else. Not only do I want money for all it can do to enrich your life but also I would help people. I am much more attracted to the Oprah's of the world with generosity in their nature and I like to be generous when I can.

Some people truly get angry and bitter towards those with money and look at them as bad. These people do not know what those people with money are doing to help others as a matter of fact most of them do put their money to worthy causes. What I aspire to be is one of them. Some will say that a strong spiritual nature is all they want and they have no desire for money.

Some accuse those with too much money as greedy. But I disagree. Greed can be found in the wealthy, the middle class and the poor.

How we feel about a group of people can tell us whether or not we have poverty consciousness or wealth consciousness...


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How do you feel about billionaires?

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      I personally have no problem with people being billionaires. I think it must be a nice life and hope they have happy lives. I also think it must be cool living in a large mansion like Bill Gates and others.

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      Allan R. Wallace 9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      It is nice to have choices. I would probably remain like Warren Buffett and live in a comfortable house.

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      Karendelac 8 years ago

      Great Lens !5 stars for you

      I wish I could inspire a Billionaire who has philanthropy and humanitarian goals.

      There are so very man important issues to change the world around, rather than live in 147 million dollar mansions ! Animal cruelty is top of my list.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      I love self made men and if they happen to make billions, good luck to them, but I'm not wild about inherited money.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Too many people think money can buy happiness. Maybe it can, but I wouldn't want to trade places with them. I prefer a simpler life. THAT is beyond their reach.

      Great lens.

      Lizzy

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I live in Arkansas, so I see first-hand what the Walton family's wealth has done for us in our state. Certainly many that we know of on the billionaires list are also very philanthropic. I love billionaires!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Susan,

      That is cool that you see first hand the philonthropic nature of the Waltons.

      I too would help people as much as I could if I was a billionaire as well as communities.

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      hesika 8 years ago

      I think, billionaires are at first very normal people as every one else. And like every one they are different individuals. I can not say: Because you are a billionaire, you have to be a philanthrope. Or: If I were a billionaire I were a philonthrope. That is not a question of the money, but a question of the character.

      By the way: I love the billionaires. Most of them had a dream, which they realized. And now they have the billions. That's great and they show me the way.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      I loved my Old English Sheepdog like a child, but because I didn't have the money to pay the greedy vets, she died, and I still mourn for her. So, yes I NEED, not just like money. Maybe it can't bring happiness in some ways, but I sure would have been happier being able to save my precious Tobie.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Really enjoyed this lens and I am lensrolling it to my E-BAY FOR THE ELITE lens.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I don't imagine I will become a billionaire (unless the dollar/euro/pound drop a lot more in value... which could happen)

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      getbackup 8 years ago

      Lucky dogs!! Must be nice. ; )

      Fun lens.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens! and fun to see how these folks live!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Interesting lens and a lot of work here. I had no idea that Julia Louie Dryfuss was that rich! Goes to show that you don't have to be like Paris Hilton, just because you are rich. As for Paris, I agree with Malia Obama, I can do without her!

      ***** lens!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I never knew that Julia Louis-Dreyfus came from such a rich background.

      But knowing this is certainly not going to change my life.

      I wouldn't want to be a billionaire. A simple millionaire, I could take!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading through your lens - you have done a lot of research! I wouldn't want to be a billionaire. The responsibility of all that money must be huge. I would not like my children to grow up with that kind of extreme wealth either.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      A billion sounds nice, but it can also bring its problems. I'd prefer to have enough money to live comfortably without worrying about it. 5* lens :)

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      I am still locating a lost wealthy grand-uncle to leave his wealth to me. I want to inherit my wealth - the old fashioned way. :) A very interesting lens. *****

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      I do prefer to live comfortably but I would like to know what it feels like. I think as long as you are happy with everything else it would be nice but if you don't it seems quite lonely. I think you need to have experience making ends meet to really appreciate wealth. I don't like the ones who are born with a silver spoon in their mouths people need to earn they way in life. Great work 5*

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Yeah, I dedcided a long time ago more than about 10 million would totally overwhelm me. BUT, if I had a billion I guess I could have a ton of fun giving it away!

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      ruanz3 lm 8 years ago

      The self made billionaires is obviously a bit special. Ill first become a millionaire before i start thinking about being a billionaire. But yeah, sounds nice.

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      MattTaylor LM 8 years ago

      OK. Patricia... this is one of the better lenses that I've seen about setting your sights higher. One of my favorite issues is the Forbes 100 Richest People list. It is fascinating and the truth of the matter is this... most of those folks were self-made billionaires.

      Matt

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Another excellent lens. These billionaires are money and success magnets, and we can be too if we choose our thoughts and feelings carefully. Thanks for sharing :)

      Ryan

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Thanks for the opportunity to Think Big, although living in that mansion/castle doesn't please me, at all--I feel overwhelmed in the house I live in now, and it is tiny!!

      High fived and faved!!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great lens! I recommend Harv Ecker for those seeking to learn how to change your mind about money.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work! I never have begrudged billionaires for their successes. I think a lot of lensmasters should take heed to the advice you passed along about jobs not making anyone rich. Lensmaking is a job, and we should really treat it more like an investment AND a way to solve a problem. The most successful lenses seem to be ones that solve problems, so try it out!

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      steveffeo lm 6 years ago

      If they earned there money the old fashion way by hard work more power to them, but some of the purchases are abit crazy why buy a 15,000 pen instead by a .99 Bic and donate the rest to charity just my thoughts, Great lens Jewels

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      DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      I think its great! I am happy for them as I would want others to be for me

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      I wish I had money. But I will always be happy for people who deserve it.( of course I envy them) A lot of them don't . But I am happy for any deserving person. I think to many people get upset at people for having anything they don't..That's sad. I don't have much at all Money wise. But if I hear someone hits the lotto I get happy for them...Great topic well written

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love Billionaires and aspire to be one. Think of all the good you could do.

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      Stonecutter 6 years ago

      Gosh, never gave it much thought. But off the top of my head I can think of several billionaires who have done a lot of philanthropic work and deserve accolades for their efforts.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      "Good for 'em!" :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      tgnyc00 6 years ago

      Hello,

      You have a great lens! I just SquidLike you!

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      ButlrBot LM 5 years ago

      I am very interested in the ways billionaires (& millionaires they are not too boring either) spend their money. What they buy, where they live, where they vacation.

      Being a butler I happen to be the one arranging these purchases for them most of the time. But I daresay quite an interesting lens!

      Here is mine:

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      webscan 4 years ago

      My hats off to Mr W H Gates!

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    Think Like a Billionaire, Become A Billionaire

    Billionaires Think Differently About:

    Money we look for ways to spend money. Billionaires look for ways to invest money.

    Investing we invest just a little. Billionaires realize investing is the key to abundance.

    Jobs we think a better job will make us wealthy. Billionaires know that a job will never make them wealthy; investments will.

    Risks we stay away from risks because we might fail. Billionaires know if they don't take risks, they've already failed.

    Problems we try to avoid problems. Billionaires see problems as opportunities to make millions.

    Preparation we prepare today for today. Billionaires prepare today for the opportunities of tomorrow.

    Time we waste time. Billionaires see time as their most valuable asset.

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    A list of the richest americans...

    See more of the list here 400 Richest Americans on Forbes

    • William Gates
    • Warren Buffett 40,000 79 Omaha Berkshire Hathaway
    • Lawrence Ellison 27,000 65 Redwood City Oracle
    • Christy Walton & family 21,500 54 Jackson Wal-Mart
    • Jim C. Walton 19,600 61 Bentonville Wal-Mart
    • Alice Walton 19,300 60 Fort Worth Wal-Mart
    • S. Robson Walton 19,000 65 Bentonville Wal-Mart
    • Michael Bloomberg 17,500 67 New York Bloomberg
    • Charles Koch 16,000 73 Wichita manufacturing, energy
    • David Koch 16,000 69 New York manufacturing, energy
    • Sergey Brin 15,300 36 Palo Alto Google
    • Larry Page 15,300 36 San Francisco Google
    • Michael Dell 14,500 44 Austin Dell
    • Steven Ballmer 13,300 53 Seattle Microsoft
    • George Soros 13,000 79 Westchester hedge funds
    • Donald Bren 12,000 77 Newport Beach real estate
    • Paul Allen 11,500 56 Mercer Island Microsoft, investments
    • Abigail Johnson 11,500 47 Boston Fidelity
    • Forrest Edward Mars 11,000 78 McLean candy, pet food
    • Jacqueline Mars 11,000 70 Bedminster candy, pet food
    • John Mars 11,000 73 Arlington candy, pet food
    • Carl Icahn 10,500 73 New York leveraged buyouts
    • Ronald Perelman 10,000 66 New York leveraged buyouts
    • George B. Kaiser 9,500 67 Tulsa oil & gas, banking
    • Philip Knight 9,500 71 Beaverton Nike
    • Sheldon Adelson 9,000 76 Las Vegas casinos, hotels
    • Anne Cox Chambers 9,000 89 Atlanta Cox Enterprises
    • Jeffrey Bezos 8,800 45 Seattle Amazon
    • James Simons 8,500 71 East Setauket hedge funds
    • Dan Duncan 8,000 76 Houston energy
    • Edward C. Johnson III 8,000 79 Boston Fidelity
    • Jack Crawford Taylor & family 7,000 87 St. Louis Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    • James Goodnight 6,800 66 Cary SAS Institute
    • John Paulson 6,800 53 New York hedge funds
    • John Kluge 6,500 95 Palm Beach Metromedia
    • Steven Cohen 6,400 53 Greenwich hedge funds
    • Philip Anschutz 6,000 69 Denver investments
    • Rupert Murdoch 6,000 78 New York News Corp
    • Harold Hamm 5,800 63 Oklahoma City Continental Resources
    • Pierre Omidyar 5,500 42 Honolulu Ebay

    The Richest Man in the world

    plus the list of billionaires

    Carlos Slim Helu who lives in Mexico City, Mexico is the richest man in the world at this time, beating out Bill Gates. His net worth is $74 billion. He is Telecom tycoon. According to Forbes Carlos donated $65 million to fund a research project in genomic medicine with American billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.

    (Photo from Forbes.com )

    The Billionaire List

    1 Carlos Slim Helu & family Mexico 70 53.5 Mexico

    2 William Gates III United States 54 53.0 United States

    3 Warren Buffett United States 79 47.0 United States

    4 Mukesh Ambani India 52 29.0 India

    5 Lakshmi Mittal India 59 28.7 United Kingdom

    6 Lawrence Ellison United States 65 28.0 United States

    7 Bernard Arnault France 61 27.5 France

    8 Eike Batista Brazil 53 27.0 Brazil

    9 Amancio Ortega Spain 74 25.0 Spain

    10 Karl Albrecht Germany 90 23.5 Germany

    11 Ingvar Kamprad & family Sweden 83 23.0 Switzerland

    12 Christy Walton & family United States 55 22.5 United States

    13 Stefan Persson Sweden 62 22.4 Sweden

    14 Li Ka-shing Hong Kong 81 21.0 Hong Kong

    15 Jim Walton United States 62 20.7 United States

    16 Alice Walton United States 60 20.6 United States

    17 Liliane Bettencourt France 87 20.0 France

    18 S. Robson Walton United States 66 19.8 United States

    19 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud Saudi Arabia 55 19.4 Saudi Arabia

    20 David Thomson & family Canada 52 19.0 Canada

    21 Michael Otto & family Germany 66 18.7 Germany

    22 Lee Shau Kee Hong Kong 82 18.5 Hong Kong

    23 Michael Bloomberg United States 68 18.0 United States

    24 Sergey Brin United States 36 17.5 United States

    24 Charles Koch United States 74 17.5 United States

    You can see the rest of the list at Forbes.com

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    10 Hottest Heiresses

    2011

    1. Paris Hilton Paris is 30 this year. Great-granddaughter of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton. She has a new reality show coming out this year showing her in her real life.

    2. Ivanka Trump . She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in real estate from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Trump Organization in 2005 as a member of the development team. Her father is of course Donald Trump. He has an equally smart daughter in Ivanka.

    3. Nicky Hilton Nicky is the sister of Paris Hilton. She was born October 5, 1983. She is known for having great style.

    4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus She was born on January 13, 1961. Many know the actress form two popular t.v. shows: Seinfeld and last year, she took home an Emmy for best actress for The New Adventures of Old Christine. Her French father Gerard has a $3.4 billion fortune.

    5. Dylan Lauren Dylan was born May 9, 1974. She is the daughter of Ralph Lauren. She has a store called Dylan's Candy Bar which I put a link to further down on this lens. It is a fun, creative place and is quite popular.

    6. Aerin Lauder She is grandmother of Estée Lauder. Aerin is senior vice president and creative director for the Estée Lauder brand.

    7. Amanda Hearst Amanda was born January 5, 1984. She is great-granddaughter of publishing legend William Randolph Hearst and niece of the famously kidnapped and brainwashed Patty Hearst.

    8, Delphine Arnault Gancia Delphine was born 4 April 1975. She is French. She is the daughter of luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault. They own companies such as Miami Cruise Lines, De beers jewelry, Louis Vuitton and other famous brands especially alot of wines and champagnes.

    9. Tamara Ecclestone Tamara is sweet. She is actually humble in personality. She is the daughter of F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone and his Croatian wife Slavica, a former Armani model. She was born 28 June 1984.

    10. Holly Branson Holly is the daughter of Richard Branson the Virgin record mogul. If you have watched Cribs you may have seen his cool island. Holly seems like a very sweet girl. She was born in 1981. She is a doctor in London who received her med school degree in pediatrics. Holly once won BBC Channel 4's "A Wife for William" contest with 43% of the vote.


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    Dylan Lauren

    Dylan's Candy Bar

    Dylan Lauren is the daughter of Ralph Lauren. She has opened 5 stores of her Dylan's Candy Bar. A store filled with candy everyone knows with her touch added for a candy store boutique feel.

    Her store: Dylan's Candy Bar

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    She was voted onto Forbes hottest billionaire heiress's list.

    Gift basket from Dylan's Candy Bar

    Gift basket from Dylan's Candy Bar
    Gift basket from Dylan's Candy Bar

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    Bill Gates

    billionaire

    Bill Gates tops the list of the world's billionaires with $59,000,000,000 as his net worth.

    Bill Gates' home in Medina, Wash., is worth nearly $140 million. This year, he received a property tax bill for $1.1 million.

    The house is a modern design in the Pacific lodge style, with classic features such as a large private library and a big dome-shaped room. The house occupies 50,000 square feet (4,600 m²) on a 5.15 acre (2.1 ha) lot. Garage space and outbuildings may occupy an additional 16,000 square feet (1,500 m²). Property records indicate eight bedrooms, 25 baths, and four building levels.

    Swimming pool: It has a 17 Ã 60 foot (5.1 Ã 18.2 meter) swimming pool.

    An underwater music system and a fossil-motif floor. There is also a glass wall which can be divided.

    A locker room off the pool has four showers and two baths.

    Guest wing: The southern half of the main building, this wing contains the main entrance (with grand staircase), theater, library, formal dining room, reception hall, and conference facilities. It includes only two bedrooms.

    Library Size: 2,100 sq. ft. The ornate, paneled library has a domed reading room with oculus (light well), fireplace, and two secret pivoting bookcases, one hiding a bar. It's the fitting home for Leonardo da Vinci's 16th-century notebook, the Codex Leicester, which Gates about for $30.8 million.

    Grand staircase Size: 92 feet long, 63 feet high Towering Douglas fir beams support the stainless-steel roof and are surrounded by walls of glass, concrete, and stone. While much of the house is buried into the hillside, windows on the lakefront side provide views of Seattle to the west. There are 84 steps down from the entrance to the ground floor. The vertigo-inclined can take an elevator.

    Theater Size: 1,500 sq. ft. The 20-seat art deco theater is outfitted with plush chairs, couches, and a popcorn machine. Screen is HDTV capable.

    Formal dining room Size: 1,000 sq. ft. Up to 24 guests can dine by the fireplace while enjoying the sweeping view from the third level. Nearby commercial-grade kitchen is 39 feet by 23 feet.

    Offices and meeting facilities Size: 1,900 sq. ft. Above the reception hall are rooms for conferences, offices, and a large computer room.

    Reception hall Size: 2,300 sq. ft. Partly below ground, the reception hall can seat 150 people for a sit-down dinner or hold 200 for a cocktail party. A 6-foot-wide fireplace, faced in limestone, commands one wall. Another wall is dominated by a 22-foot-wide video display, made up of 24 rear-projection television monitors, each with a 40-inch screen. A second commercial-grade kitchen serves the reception hall.

    Multipurpose room Size: 900 sq. ft. Formerly designated a gallery, this is now a multipurpose room, with a video projector included. Almost entirely underground, with a deck above, the room gets daylight from a large light well. Hallways connect it to the family and guest wings.

    Other buildings

    Guest house Size: 1,900 sq. ft. One bedroom, one bath, one fireplace Almost hidden underground, this high-tech burrow was the first structure built on the site (completed in 1992), as a test of the technology to be used in the design of the main house. Gates has used the house as a retreat; he wrote much of his book, The Road Ahead, here.

    Underground garage Size: 6,300 sq. ft. This cavelike structure is the largest and best hidden of three garages. Built entirely underground of concrete and stainless steel, it can easily park 10 or more cars. Some of the concrete is purposely broken for a "deconstructivist" look.

    Gatehouse Size: 3,000 sq. ft. Includes security offices, mailroom (with X-ray machine), greenhouse, and garage. The lower entrance to the property is here.

    Boathouse Size: 530 sq. ft. This rustic log building's roof straddle a small inlet big enough for no more than a ski boat. An outdoor spa is nearby.

    Activities building Size: 900 sq. ft. Adjacent to multisport court, putting green, and two boat docks. An existing home at this location was moved off the site by barge.

    See Bill's House here Gates home

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    Description of Bill Gates Home

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren
    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren makes the billionaire list with a net worth of 4.2 billion. A well known fashion desiger in the United States and all over the world.

    His company, Polo Ralph Lauren, will design the outfits worn by the U.S. Olympic teams at the opening and closing ceremonies this summer.

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    This beautiful mansion is in Surrey,England. It has 5 swimming pools, a spa and salon, squash and tennis courts, a bowling alley, a private cinema, 22 bedrooms with private suites, horse stables, a helipad for your helicopter of course. It is on 58 acres.

    How much will you pay for this home with everything you can imagine?

    $130,000,000

    How about this pen? It 18k white gold with diamonds, 15 carats worth and will cost you $150,000.

    This is a beautiful bed. It will cost you $70,000.

    This is a Phyllis Morris piece called The Grande Venetian Bed.

    I found these items courtesy of:

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    Homes of Billionaires

    Here is a picture of Bill Gates home in Washington

    What is your opinion on being a billionaire? - Would you like to have billions of dollars?

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        June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

        I would totally like to have billions of dollars. I would put it to good use looking after my family and friends, and then I would become a philanthropist.

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        ms-giggles 9 years ago

        I love your lens!!! 5****

        I would love to be a Billionaire. I would set my family up for life, help the hungry in the US and drill wells in Africa. I would also donate to Squidoo. I think one should dream big and big things will happen.

        Thanks Beth

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        Winter52 LM 9 years ago

        I know what I will be doing this afternoon... sitting in the backyard thinking about how cool it would be to have that much money. :) 5* just for the thought lol

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        Allan R. Wallace 9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

        Just think of the joys in first earning, and then giving away, billions of dollars.

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        Patricia 9 years ago

        I would love to be a billionaire. I think there are so many things I can do with the money, both for me, my family and those in need.

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        Recession Proof2 9 years ago

        I had no clue about Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Very interesting. I would love to be a billionaire. I think in many ways, people wait to do the things they should be doing now. If you're saying, "if I was a billionaire I would then donate." There are many ways we can all help others, money is just one of them. Great thoughts. ~Jesse

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        youhavegottobekidding 8 years ago

        If i were a Billionaire. first i would help all my family with all their problems. i know not all problems could be solve by money alone but it could really help.

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        dwdave lm 8 years ago

        I would invest in good hearty portion back into my local community. Set up a fund( probably in euros) for my daughter so she never had to sweat the mortgage & utilites

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        Spook LM 8 years ago

        Who wouldn't, but personally it would be too much for me. I'd prefer enough to make ends met, so I guess that must mean billions.

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        anonymous 8 years ago

        very interesting 5***** if i were a billionaire i would live a little and make sure those less fortunate could help me spend it.

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        hesika 8 years ago

        I'm sure, I will be a billionaire. If not in this, then in the next life :-) But seriously: Only, who thinks big, can achieve big things. The money then comes for itself, because it was not the only and first reason for doing anything, but the passion and therefore the success with it was the reason, that the money came along. Let's have fun in what we are doing and the money will love us! :-))

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        TimKessler 8 years ago

        Love the lens. Great work.

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        Deb Bryan 8 years ago from Chico California

        I agree with the discussion that we can give in a valuable way without having a billion $$ however, I can also think of many ways that having resources like that could play a huge part in making living more sustainable for many many people.

        Great 5* thought provoking and interesting lens!

        I recently (finally) saw "The Secret". I like Winter52's take on this. Yes... sit in the backyard and think about how it would feel and then let yourself 'feel' that way. Then the law of attraction will do the rest. :D

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        Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

        Let's make a million lenses! I could use just a million dollars and invest to build it up and finally get my kids and me our own house (farm)! Then I could help those helpless animals.

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        CleanerLife 8 years ago

        I'd settle for a million, but I'm not sure I can even count that high!

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        papawu 8 years ago

        I most certainly would not mind being a billionaire. I once heard it said that, "Money does not make the world go round, but it does make the ride worthwhile."

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        animal_lover79 8 years ago

        I would use the majority of that money to help others. I'm not so special that I need to have the best of everything. Having just enough to not worry would be fine. There's no way I could sleep at night knowing others were suffering and I could be helping. Health and family are the most important things in life to me, and I feel like a billionaire just having them. Money is necessary but actually means very little -- in my opinion.

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        mikewitt 8 years ago

        Hi Tricia,

        Great lens, 5 stars. Although you forgot #26 on your list, me :-). As most people, sure, would love to have Billions of dollars, kind of scary just saying it, but as I always say, for most, becoming wealthy is a goal and an attainable goal starts with a decison.

        Excellent lens,

        Mike Wit

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        anonymous 8 years ago

        Great lens. I'd love to be a billionaire. I could give to worthy causes and help make the world a better place for everyone.

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        anonymous 8 years ago

        Great lens. I'd love to be a billionaire. I could give to worthy causes and help make the world a better place for everyone.

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        WritingforYourW 8 years ago

        Oprah is a great example of someone who has made her fortune because, first and foremost, she helps people. :)

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        iYAHOOi 8 years ago

        This lens is a great one...... I'd love to be a billionaire.....

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        pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

        Really well put together lens

        Take care

        Paul

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        pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

        Really well put together lens

        Take care

        Paul

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        ruanz3 lm 8 years ago

        Being a billionaire sure gives you a lot of options and frees you up to do whatever you want, like searching for enligtenment for instance.

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        FantasyDesigns 8 years ago

        Interesting lens!

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        oneskms 8 years ago

        Not too fussed about being a billionaire, I think money gives you time, how you use that time is then your choice, I would just like the opportunity to have the time - perhaps a couple of million would do - hope that makes sense

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        JayGould 7 years ago

        There's now a lens on how to become a billionaire for serious business people only.

        http://www.squidoo.com/lensmaster/new_workshop/how...

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Less than two weeks ago, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet invited 40 Billionaires to a "Pledge Party" that ask each to give away at least half of their personal wealth after their passing. Mr. Barron Hilton former Chairman and CEO of the Hilton Hotels Corp. has pledge 97% of his $2.7 Billion dollar fortune to a charitable foundation he founded to educated the blind, provide safe drinking water in Africa and provide housing for the mentally retarded. Mr. Hilton's gift was the largest charitable give by an individual donor in 2009.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Its good to be a billionare and I prefer to be one of them

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        DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

        your topics are very hard to pass by without checking them out! Very interesting content.. Always... Thanks for sharing

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        Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

        It is fun to daydream about what you would do with a huge amount of money. I'm sure there are drawbacks too, like security and people wanting you to give them money.

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        Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        awesome lens about Billionaires! I want to be one!

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        Stonecutter 6 years ago

        You really hit on some great points with this lens. Just wondering where T. Boone Pickens is, or am I making him richer than he is, don't recall for certain. No matter. Really nicely done lens.

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        squid-janices7 6 years ago

        Well I don't know many people that wouldn't want to be a billionaire. Having money just makes life less stressful and a bit more fun. That said, you can't buy happiness. What I love about the billionaires you've mentioned (Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Oprah) is that they are giving away large chunks of their fortune to worthy causes. It perturbs me when the rich don't share their blessings with others.

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        JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

        I had no idea that "Elaine" from Seinfeld is an heiress!

        With Love and Gratitude,

        Jeremiah

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        rewards4life info 5 years ago

        Very interesting lens I couldn't even imagine being that wealthy. It's a shame some will never really understand the meaning of hard work, there are some very lucky people in your list. I would be happy with just 10% ;). Cool page.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        What do people think of writing to billionaires asking for money? Do you think they really give you any? The answer is they do. I am an affiliate for Billionaire Mailing List dot com and I can tell you, that a lot of people write them and get answers back, some with wishes some with $ -You just have to know where to write. Billionaire Mailing List has all the US Billionaires Home Mailing Addresses

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        webscan 4 years ago

        Sure I would like to have billions of dollars, but it would be messy carrying all that money across. So could you please send me a check? Thanks!

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        skjk3318 lm 3 years ago

        Loaded question, who wouldn't "like" to be a billionaire, but who is willing to do what it takes to be a billionaire?

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        SimonJay 3 years ago

        This is a big topic, but i think you have your good billionaires and your bad billionaires sure some of them support alot of groups and give money to charity but i think they should reach out to more people and help more people some of us deserve the help some of us dont, who does and doesn't well that's another topic, but i think money on general doesn't make you happy i think i makes you more confident but if your only into superficial stuff maybe it can make you happy but i believe it wont as i think we all want to be loved for real and for who we are, not what have. Of course id like to have lots of money as i really would like a bigger home, support my family and travel but i guess if you just think about that all day you'd be depressed all the time also its not necessary to have a happy life.

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