Does having the most expensive car matter to a celebrity? Apparently not to David Beckham. Nor does he care that his Rollys-Royce Phantom Drophead is the slowest in top speed and acceleration rate among the top 10 most expensive celebrity cars featured on our latest infographic. Perhaps for this Englishman, it’s the class that counts. You couldn’t get a classier “family car” than Beckham’s; he was even spotted to drive his kids around Beverly Hills in his Phantom.
But rap stars are definitely at it, topping the first half of the most expensive celebrity car list with their Bugattis. Jay Z, Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, The Game, and Birdman may have different rap styles, but they have a common taste for one of the world’s most expensive cars: Bugatti Veyron. It’s also the fastest road car on the list with a top speed of 254mph. But before you think the Bugatti is only for celebrities with a gift for trash talking, Simon Cowell owns one, too. Then again, maybe the supercar is for people with a gift for trash talking after all.
Incidentally, we couldn’t help but notice that no female celebrities made it to the top ten. Paris Hilton’s pink Bentley only comes at thirteenth place with a tag price of $285,000. Whatever happened to gender equality? Women’s empowerment? Girl power? Or maybe girls are just not dumb to fall over heels about cars even to a point of giving one a name.
It’s easy to feel a little bad seeing people driving cars with a tag price two to five times your annual income. But fret not, when people buy supercars that means the economy is doing good. Remember the 2009 crash that hit the supercar sector, which came right after the subprime crash? Recently, Businessweek tracked the surge in luxury car sales this year to a booming stock market and home prices, clear indicators of an economic good time. Now if only a fraction of that good time trickles down to us, working class.