Celebrities have plenty of expendable income, so many amass impressive car collections. Bill Gates may not be a Hollywood star, but he’s famous for co-founding Microsoft. His net worth is an estimated $124 billion, making him one of the world’s richest people.
Gates spends some of that money on private jets, sprawling mansions, and exotic cars. Here’s a peek at some of the most famous vehicles in the multi-billionaire’s collection.
Bill Gates prefers Porsche cars
A Porsche 911 Turbo was one of Gates’ first luxury cars, purchased new in 1979, The U.S. Sun reports. This 911 Turbo had a turbocharged flat-six engine that produced 265 and 291 lb-ft of torque. It also had a four-speed manual transmission and a wheelbase of 89.4 inches, making it a blast around corners.
This Porsche also had a stylish interior, with leather sports seats and a nicely padded cabin. 911 cars from this generation were also recognizable thanks to their “whale-tail” rear spoilers.
Bill Gates is also a fan of newer Porsche models, as evidenced by his ownership of the Taycan EV. The Porsche Taycan Turbo retails for a whopping $150,900, equipped with two electric motors and a 93-kWh battery. Its electric powertrain makes 670 hp with overboost enabled and can reach 60 mph in a clean 3.0 seconds. It also has a reported top speed of 161 mph and a healthy range of 275 miles.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo also has some extra performance boosters, like torque-vectoring steering and ceramic brakes. The leather interior features standard heated seats with memory adjustments, plus a fancy suede headliner. The Taycan Turbo comes standard with a JBL audio system and two large media display screens.
Other sports cars in his garage
Gates also has a Ferrari 348, one of the rarest models in the lineup. During the car’s six-year run, the Italian automaker procued only 8,000 units. It was also the last Ferrari to pack a V8, which made up to 316 hp depending on the model. The quickest models could reportedly reach 62 mph in 5.4 seconds.
He also purchased a Jaguar XJ6, originally produced between 1969 and 1987. This luxury sedan came with an automatic transmission and produced 180 hp, with four-wheel independent steering. The interior is also posh, complete with leather seating and walnut fascia trim.
Gates appears to own some Mercedes-Benz models as well, including the classic 500SL. It’s a two-seater convertible that makes 322 hp, which was very impressive by 1993 standards. It also had some innovative interior tech, such as power headrests and integrated seatbelts.
The billionaire has also been spotted in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, one of the German automaker’s most luxurious examples. It features the latest in-vehicle technology, including a digital assistant and a massive OLED touchscreen spanning the dashboard. It also doesn’t skimp on power, with the most potent models producing 496 hp.
This Porsche might be Bill Gates’ favorite car
Gates certainly went through a lot of trouble to get a Porsche 959 into his garage. The automaker never offered the car for sale stateside, and the NHTSA didn’t consider it street-legal. As a result, U.S. Customs held Gates’ Porsche for more than 10 years.
He eventually persuaded the U.S. court system to let him have his beloved Porsche, with one major stipulation. It can’t have more than 2,500 miles on the odometer per year. Considering all of the other impressive automobiles at his disposal, we’re sure Bill Gates can drive those in the interim.