Finding the perfect gift is always difficult—but it can be particularly challenging when shopping for a favorite Wall Street CEO, hedge funder, or Russian billionaire. They probably already have everything they want. So the trick is to find something so outrageous, even they might think twice about buying it.
Let’s say they already own a $380,000 Lamborghini Aventador. What they might not have is a 1:8 scale model of the car made of gold and fitted with 1,400 precious stones for $4.7 million (probably one of the only examples of a replica costing more than the original). Or, if they have a taste for gold, you might actually give them a taste of gold. Literally. The $426-per-lb. Long Clawson’s Stilton Gold cheese contains edible gold leaf.
Then again, with those pesky Occupy Wall Street protests and concerns about distribution of wealth, conspicuous consumption is a little less popular than it once was. All too often, the highest bidder at an auction is an undisclosed buyer. So, if the right present is something more discreet, how about a Mercedes Sprinter van that looks like it could be delivering dry cleaning but actually contains a mobile party room complete with flat-screen TV, wraparound couch, and full bar?
From least to most expensive, read on for the most ridiculous gift ideas for the wealthy.