The lavish lives of tech geeks

These guys own multiple mansions, date Victoria’s Secret Angels and drive some of the most expensive cars on the planet.

Meryl D'Souza October 17, 2016

Not every billionaire is as thrifty as IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and while these guys aren’t as eccentrically inclined as the loaded folks who drop their wads of cash on ridiculous things like number plates and diamond teeth, they certainly know how to live it up.

Mark Zuckerberg
Co-founder of Facebook

Zuckerberg makes it on our list of ballers not because of his lifestyle, but because of his overly self-confident attitude highlighted by the fact that he even attended meetings with would-be business partners in hi favourite pajama bottoms. We’d expect nothing less from the man whose business card read: “I’m CEO, bitch”.

Sean Parker
Co-founder of Napster

We’re not going to waste time here. You’ve watched The Social Network and know quite a bit about Sean Parker already. What you may not know though is that he prefers suits by Tom Ford and Dior, spent a cool $5 million on a Lord of The Rings-themed wedding, bought a house worth $55 million and rented a room at The Plaza for two years while his house was under construction.

Kevin Systrom
Co-founder of Instagram

Things could have gone very differently for the Instagram co-founder had he accepted Mark Zuckerberg’s invitation to help build a photo service for Facebook. At one point, Systrom took up a job at a coffeeshop where he had to serve Zuckerberg. But by 2012, it was The Facebook creator who served up a billion dollars for Systrom’s Instagram. And while Zuckerberg sticks to his sweatshirts and hoodies, Kevin doesn’t mind spending a sliver of his millions on custom-made suits and when he’s in the mood, he'll even take a jet to Las Vegas to dine with Jamie Oliver.

Evan Spiegel
Co-founder of Snapchat

Like his social app Snapchat, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire is cool, flamboyant and arrogant; all at the same time. Aside from being a licensed helicopter pilot who prefers Ferraris, Spiegel lives in a seven-bedroom pad and is now engaged to Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr. 

Markus Persson
Creator Minecraft

After selling Minecraft, one of the best-selling computer games of all time, to Microsoft for hefty $2.5 billion in 2014, Persson outbid power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce to buy a $70 million mansion where he hosts parties with performances by Avicii and Deadmau5. The fedora-wearing billionaire frequents nightclubs and racks up bills up to $180,000.

Elon Musk
CEO Tesla Motors

When taking a break from juggling his work week between electric carmaker Tesla and SpaceX, the first private company to put a vehicle into orbit, the 44-year-old billionaire spends his time playing games like Bioshock Infinite in his $17 million, seven-bedroom Bel Air Mansion that comes with a separate entertainment room for home screenings and a gym. Married, divorced and married again to British actress Talulah Riley, Musk also owns a private 12-seat Dassault 900 private jet to help him get around. 

Larry Ellison
Co-founder of Oracle Corporation

A licensed pilot, Ellison simply hops onto one of his many private jets when he feels his fleet of rides – that include a McLaren F1, AudiR8 and Lexus LFA – aren’t fast enough. Not content with conquering land and air, the living equivalent to Marvel's Tony Stark once built a yacht that was more like a cruise ship. When he isn’t spending frivolously, Ellison winds down in one of his many expensive homes. Our guess is the one with a 2.3-acre man-made lake valued at an estimated $70 million.

Paul Allen

Co-founder of Microsoft

Microsoft’s co-founder is reportedly so secretive, he asks his party guests – usually comprising of rockstars, supermodels and Hollywood celebrities – to sign non-disclosure agreements before they come in. Allen, who has a private hangar at Seattle’s airport, owns two private jets and has a collection of planes from World War II - because a collection of sportscars is too mainstream. Despite all that money, though, the man can’t seem to buy real friends and relies on media mogul David Geffen and the actress Carrie Fisher to introduce him.

Marc Benioff
CEO Salesforce

As a teenager, Benioff worked with Steve Jobs writing software for the Macintosh division. Today, he’s worth about $3.b billion and owns Hawaii’s largest island. He bought that land in the year 2000 and launched his own construction company to build his six-bedroom home. In case that last name sounds too familiar, David Be Benioff, co-creator of Game Of Thrones is Marc’s cousin.

Michael Dell
Founder of Dell Inc.

Like most of the men on this list the leader of the largest private company in the tech industry owns a massive seven-bedroom house in Hawaii apart from his share of supercars and jets. It is believed that Dell loved the Four Seasons resort of Hualalai so much, that in 2006, he bought the whole thing. None of that should come as a surprise, though. Dell showed flashes of his entrepreneurial streak way back in high school. While selling newspaper subscriptions, Dell found a customer base and made $18,000-a-year.