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Eccentric billionaires

"The rich are different from you and me" - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The billionaire that sticks out in most people's minds is Howard Hughes whose life is portrayed in the 2004 film The Aviator. The first time I heard of this eccentric billionaire was through the James Bond classic Diamonds are Forever. There are a lot more like him right now.

Mark Zuckerberg

He shows up to the Facebook IPO road show in a hoodie and although we are used to these types of quirks from tech geniuses, Zuck is one of a kind. His new challenge of 'eating only the meat he kills' ranks up there.

Clive Palmer

I think I like Clive Palmer. The Australian mining magnate has a dream of cloning dinosaurs to create a Jurassic Park in real life. Palmer seems to love dinosaurs so much he even purchased a T-Rex.

Richard Branson

Branson epitomizes the eccentric billionaire. His crazy stunts to break world records in hot air balloons and yachts have made him memorable. Being a space enthusiast, his contributions to space travel are truly amazing.

Paul Allen

This list already has Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, but my favorite billionaire is the nerdy Paul Allen. Allen is worth $15 billion and he owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers. So not only is he a balla, but he also shares my love for space and science-fiction. Allen famously donated $25 million to the space program in the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Peter Thiel

You've got to dream big and that's how you can hope to become like PayPal founder Peter Thiel. Even if you don't, you should champion his causes to end aging and develop floating cities.

Ted Turner

Ted Turner is a businessman with a great heart. His creations include 'Captain Planet' and the belief in a one world system that is almost John Lennon like.

Prince Jefri of Brunei

The 'playboy' prince is known as much for his staggering wealth as his extravagant spending. He has reportedly spent $15 billion. He has had a wild, wild life with even a yacht named after breasts.

James Cameron

Cameron is well-known for his hit movies like Titanic and Avatar. He is a space lover just like me with his newest venture Planetary Resources looking promising. In addition to hoping to mine asteroids, he supports the colonization of Mars.