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The rich have their own quirks, including sports. Many billionaires not only own championship teams or sponsor major competitions, but they themselves are not averse to warm up.
Some successful businessmen have a passion for a particular discipline from childhood, but as a rule, the rich still prefer the so-called elite types sports that require large financial costs. So what activities are in favor of people on the Forbes list?
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Tennis has always been considered the fun of aristocrats and still retains the reputation of an elite sport. Coincidence or not, but it is the love of tennis that unites the three richest people on the planet from the latest Forbes list. If Amazon founder Jeff Bezos loves to wave the racket with his wife Mackenzie (by the way, number 22 on the Forbes list with a fortune of $ 36 billion) and friends, then the head of Microsoft Bill Gates repeatedly took part in major charity matches with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and other tennis stars.
Jeff Bezos and Anna Kournikova at the presentation equipment, 2003
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Friends with Federer and the richest man in Europe Bernard Arnault , finishing the first three in the world ranking. The owner of the fashion empire Louis Vuitton trains four hours a week and considers tennis an outlet in a busy and busy work schedule.
During his student years, the creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg also spent a lot of time on the court. although now he is more likely to be found jogging in the park near his home.
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Another traditional sport for the rich. Buying your own boat and assembling a professional crew is not a cheap pleasure. Luxury yachts have long become a trademark of the rich, and some of them prefer to tame the wind with their own hands and participate in prestigious regattas.
The wealthiest yachtsman in the world can be called Larry Ellison . The eccentric billionaire, fifth in the Forbes rankings, became interested in sailing in his youth and was eager to get rich just in order to acquire a personal racing yacht. The co-founder of Oracle never changed his passion and was able to win the America's Cup twice.
Larry Ellison on the 33rd America's Cup podium, 2010 year
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Horse riding, in addition to considerable financial costs, requires skill, which usually appears in childhood. Therefore, the heirs of wealthy parents often achieve great success in equestrian sports. The billionaires themselves are mostly limited to leisurely horse rides or playing polo. However, there is also a passionate equestrian sports fan in the top 10 of the Forbes list. The Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega used to show jumping at a serious level himself, and then married his daughter to a famous rider.
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Perhaps the most common type of sports hobby among billionaires. The calm and measured atmosphere of golf encourages informal business negotiations. Among the famous golf fans are Bill Gates , and US President Donald Trump , but in general this not very active, but pleasant and respectable sport is practiced from time to time by most members of the Forbes list. especially the older generation.
Donald Trump opens a golf course in Scotland 2012
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Surfing and kitesurfing
But among the new generation of the rich, more extreme sports are common. For example, Mark Zuckerberg loves surfing the waves in Hawaii, and one of the founders of Google Larry Page is fond of kitesurfing. Close to extreme and famous British businessman Richard Branson .
Richard Branson kitesurfing in England, 2010
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Running and triathlon
If extreme sports are due to the desire to tickle nerves and throw out emotions, then the passion of many billionaires for running and triathlon can be explained by testing themselves and their capabilities. Zuckerberg , Bezos , one of the founders of Google Sergey Brin , the head of Space X Elon Musk love to take long runs. And the former top manager of Microsoft Steve Ballmer even covered a marathon distance.
The hobby for triathlon among rich people is a trend of the new time. The tough test of endurance and willpower was to the liking of those who are used to setting goals and achieving them.