The annual Forbes list of billionaires was just released, so in honor of those living Scrooge McDuck-like lifestyles (minus the part where they mentor three anthropomorphic great duck nephews with names that rhyme), we'll take a look at things rich people have bought for themselves, and a downmarket equivalent more in your price range.
What They Bought: A $9k Briefcase
Though it's not for sale any longer, Tumi once sold a hulking 12lb accessory made with anti-ballistic material.
What You Can Buy: A Bullet Blocker Bag
This puppy can stop bullets from a Magnum (and also from a puppy, if it accidentally discharges a gun within range), and it's only $245.
What They Bought: A Million Dollar Painting
One of the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune purchased the American classic "The Little White House" at auction
What You Can Buy: The Exact Same Painting
A real artist will recreate the famed painting for you just $139, and save you $999,861
What They Bought: Octane Elliptical Machine
Oprah named this machine one of her Favorite Things in 2012, and unlike other ellipticals, it allows for lateral movement. It also allows you to spend $2k on a home workout machine
What You Can Buy: Gazelle Edge
At only $130, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles the Octane does, but it'll give a mean cardio workout all the same. Hop on a Gazelle
What They Bought: Murakami Pillows
Kanye West purchased a whole bunch of pillows by the artist Murakami to fill up a room in his house, and the plush, colorful pillows run $425 each
What You Can Buy: Beautiful Decay Pillows
Psychedelic imagery adorn these $25 head-cradlers that'll provide just as much colorful pop to a room as that other, fancier pillow
What They Bought: A 2001 Lincoln Town Car
Famously frugal billionaire Warren Buffett drove around in this sedan popular with fancy cab drivers for years before selling it at auction for charity.
What You Can Buy: A 2001 Lincoln Town Car
This is the rare instance where you can drive the same car as a billionaire without breaking the bank.
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