If someone had infinite wealth, they would have the resources to achieve almost anything they desired. We do agree that with great power and wealth comes great responsibility. One should use their resources for the betterment of society and the world at large. And then buy cars.
Car collecting can be a fascinating and rewarding hobby for those passionate about cars and enjoy the thrill of acquiring, restoring and preserving these beautiful and historic vehicles.
A few rich and famous individuals, from Hollywood stars to famous athletes and monarchs, have earned fame and admiration from gearheads thanks to their massive and expensive car collections. Many enthusiasts admire these celebrities’ status, glamour, and personality and envy their access to expensive, exotic cars. This fascination is the same whether it’s Jay Leno with his hit show Jay Leno’s Garage or the most extensive and most valuable car collection in the world owned by the Sultan of Brunei. We have curated a list of famous car collectors and their most valuable cars.
10 Michael Fux – Pagani Huayra
Michael Fux is a former CEO of the bedding company Sleep Innovations turned famous philanthropist and car collector. Fux boasts one of the most extensive supercar collections in the USA, including 25 Ferraris, 12 Porsches, 11 Aston Martins, and six Rolls-Royces, and has a strong presence on Instagram and YouTube, where he shares his passion for cars with fans.
In 2018, he told The Independent that he thought he had 160 cars, but wasn’t sure. Fux’s most valuable rides include the $2.2 million McLaren BP23 Hyper GT and the Pagani Huayra, which starts at $3.4 million.
9 Cristiano Ronaldo – Bugatti Centodieci
International soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, recently bagged a two-and-half-year contract worth more than $200 million in that period. But he’s already a very wealthy individual after remaining at the top of the game for nearly two decades as one of the best athletes in the world.
Ronaldo is also a car enthusiast who owns a large car collection worth over $18 million, full of exotic rides with tasteful specifications, including the Ferrari Monza SP2, a Bugatti Chiron, Bugatti Veyron, McLaren Senna and the Bugatti Centodieci, which cost a whopping $8 million.
8 Jay Leno – Duesenberg Walker Coupe
Jay Leno is undoubtedly one of the best known celebrity gearheads, and he even hosts a self-named car TV show. He owns one of the most eclectic car collections in the world, consisting of more than 180 cars and 160 motorcycles housed in a 122,000-square-foot climate-controlled garage.
A 1934 Duesenberg Walker Coupe is Jay Leno’s most expensive car, valued at over $20 million. He also owns a McLaren F1 and a McLaren P1, valued at seven figures.
7 Ralph Lauren – Ferrari 250 GTO
Ralph Lauren is a celebrity among celebrities and a well-known fashion designer who doubles as an avid car collector. Ralph boasts a world-renowned car collection that includes some of the world’s most rare and valuable automobiles.
He owns over 70 cars and motorcycles, ranging from vintage classics to modern supercars, including some of the most iconic and historic vehicles ever made. Notable models include the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, a 1955 Jaguar XKD, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, a McLaren F1, and the crown jewel, the Ferrari GTO, valued at about $70 million.
6 Jerry Seinfeld – 1955 Porsche 550 RS
Jerry Seinfeld is currently the richest comedian in the world. As of 2023, he boasts a net worth of about $950 million, which has helped him build one of the most admirable private car collections. Jerry owns over 150 classic and rare cars but has gained fame for focusing on Porsches.
Jerry has owned as many as 46 Porsche models at one point, including rare models like the first 911 and the 1955 Porsche 550 RS, Porsche’s first purpose-built racer, now valued at $5.5 million.
5 Jon Shirley – Ferrari 250 GTO
Jon Shirley accumulated his fortune working as Microsoft’s former president, CEO, and director in a career spanning close to three decades. But, he’s more popular in the automotive circles for being a vintage racer and an avid car collector.
Some of his prized assets include the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, which won Best of Show at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti coupe, a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, a 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, and the mighty Ferrari 250 GTO.
4 Jay-Z – Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
In 2019, Jay-Z made history as Hip Hop’s first billionaire thanks to what Forbes described as a “Sprawling and diverse empire” stretching from tech startups to real estate, champagne, and cognac businesses.
While Jay-Z isn’t the most popular car collector, he loves luxury and exotic cars. He’s owned at least 14 vehicles, including the Pagani Zonda, Ferrari F430 Spider, Bugatti Veyron, and the $28 million Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, the most expensive production car ever.
3 Manny Khoshbin – Bugatti Chiron Hermes
Iranian-born Manny Khoshbin immigrated to the US at 14 years, and at 52 years, he lives the American dream better than most. Helped by his successful career as a real estate investor, he assembled one of the best private car collections in the USA.
His garage is home to automotive greats from Porsches to McLarens, Bugattis, and Paganis, all valued at about $19 million. He has four Bugattis, including the one-off Chiron Hermes, worth about $3.7 million.
2 Sultan Of Brunei – McLaren F1
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is the most extravagant automotive collector after amassing a collection of over 7,000 rare and highly sought-after cars. They testify to this monarch’s wealth and taste for luxury and high-performance automobiles.
The garage includes some of the planet’s rarest cars, including concept cars like the BMW Nazca C2 and the Ferrari Mythos. The most valuable car in the collection is the McLaren F1 GTR.
1 Nick Mason – Ferrari 250 GTO
Nick Mason is an English musician, drummer, and founding member of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd. He’s also a car enthusiast with a crazy car collection, including vintage cars from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche, Lotus, and more.
Nick owns about 40 cars that hold priceless historic and monetary value. The most iconic ride is his 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, with an indicative value of over $70 million. Still, this doesn’t stop Nick Mason from racing and using it as a daily driver.
Sources: Forbes, The Independent, Rolls-Royce, The Richest