Holiday Gift Guide

From Jeff Bezos' swim trunks to Bill Gates' watch: Stuff billionaires own that you can afford to buy too

Andrew Austin | Twenty20

Billionaires can afford to buy just about anything. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, worth about $110 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, spends his riches on things like real estate, a private jet and sports cars — he even owns an island in Belize. And he's given more than $45.5 billion to charity since 1994 through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and other organizations.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, worth about $111 billion, dropped $65 million on a Gulfstream G-650ER private jet and spends millions on real estate and other expensive toys. He recently announced $98.5 million in grants from his $2 billion One Day Fund charity.

And Spanx founder Sara Blakely, worth $1 billion, comfortably paid $162,000 for Newton-John's finale outfit from the movie "Grease."

But you don't always have to break the bank to shop like a billionaire — here are products they own that are surprisingly affordable, and make great holiday gifts.

Jeff Bezos' famous swim trunks

Vilebrequin men's vintage octopus swim trunks; $260

The internet went crazy over Jeff Bezos' octopus-patterned swim trunks after he was photographed wearing them this summer on vacation and aboard billionaire David Geffen's yacht (while hanging out with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Oscar Health co-founder and Jared Kushner's brother Josh Kushner and Kushner's wife, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss).

The pair Bezos wore are from 2014 but French brand Vilebrequin brought back the style after demand surged when the Amazon CEO wore them. Though $260 isn't exactly cheap for swim trunks, it's more affordable then say the Brunello Cucinelli deconstructed blazers Bezos has been spotted wearing, which can cost anywhere from nearly $2,500 to over $5,000 apiece.

Oprah Winfrey's go-to tequila

Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco; $75

For those who love to make merry with tequila, the favorite brand of Oprah Winfrey (whose net worth is $2.8 billion), Casa Dragones Tequila, is a great gift. The booze has earned a spot on her list of "Oprah's Favorite Things" five times, in 2018, 2017, 2014, 2012 and 2011.

"Casa Dragones, a.k.a. my tequila of choice, is back with a nearly pint-size bottle of its 100% pure blue agave spirit," Winfrey wrote in her 2018 list. "The better to stuff stockings with, my dears."

Casa Dragones has a blend made for mixing called Blanco, which is sold for $75, and a blend for sipping called Joven, which is sold for $285.

"I've sampled tequilas all over the world, but Casa Dragones is still my go-to," she wrote in her 2017 list.

Warren Buffett's favorite candy

See's Candies

See's Candy 10 oz Peanut Brittle; $11.70

Warren Buffett has a sweet-tooth, and See's Candies peanut brittle is one of his favorite ways to satisfy it. He loves See's so much in fact that his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, purchased the chocolate and candy company in 1972.

Buffett, who is worth about $86 billion, and his business partner Charlie Munger are known to snack on the sweet and salty treat while answering questions at Berkshire's annual shareholder's meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, according to the candy company.

"We would love to increase our economic interest in See's, but we haven't found a way to add to a 100% holding," Buffett wrote in his 1994 shareholder's letter.

Sara Blakely's empowering coffee mug

Empower women 11 oz mug; $16.99

Each Monday, billionaire Spanx founder Sara Blakely posts some #MondayMotivation to get her followers through the week, including a picture of her drinking from a mug with an inspirational quote.

Blakely has said here purpose is to uplift women in part through the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, and on Oct. 21 she posted a shot of her self sipping from mug that says "empowered women empower women" with a caption that reads, in part:

I've been empowering and supporting women for as long as I can remember. I saw my mom and grandmother's limited options. They were held back from their true capabilities and that stirred a fire inside of me. When women empower each other that's when we will truly be unstoppable. As my 13 yr old neice Kelton says in her school essay, "one woman is strong, two women is even stronger and three women becomes a pack." And nobody messes with a pack!

Bill Gates' latest Casio watch

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Casio Quartz Diver 200m Watch MDV106-1A; $41.97

Bill Gates could afford to sport an expensive watch.

But Gates has been a fan of Casio watches — he used to wear a $10 Casio Illuminator Sports Digital Chrono Watch W214H-1AV, but it seems he has upgraded. Gates has been spotted wearing what looks like a $42 Casio Quartz Diver 200m MDV106-1A watch throughout 2019.

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