Hobbies of the Rich: Bill Gates, Louis Chenevert, Warren Buffett, and More

Everyone has some sort of hobby. As for myself, I enjoy reading, writing, and working out. My father has a far different set of hobbies. He likes to try new wines anywhere he goes–in fact, anytime there is a new drink he has never had, he needs to order it. Our hobbies are pretty ordinary overall, but it can be interesting to hear about somebody’s hobbies. Often, it shows a bit of insight on what type of person they are. Here are the ordinary–and some far-from-ordinary–hobbies of the rich and famous.

Peter Thiel

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has amassed a large fortune of $2.8 billion. But his hobby does not require much money at all, and is quite inexpensive. He plays virtual chess during his free time. “It is some strange combination of art and science and sport, and it’s somewhat addictive. It has some very good things and some unhealthy addictive things about it, too,” said Theil.

Bill Gates

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ worth is a staggering $78.9 billion. But during his spare time, he enjoys doing what many others do. He hits the tennis courts and enjoys playing when he gets the chance. He also attends quite a few professional tennis matches. Tennis has really become a love of Gates.

Warren Buffett

Many people know Warren Buffett as the genius investor worth an estimated $61.8 billion. Not many people know that he has been playing the ukulele for decades. He also enjoys playing online bridge on a consistent basis, sometimes against Bill Gates.

Louis Chenevert

Louis Chenevert worked for 15 years for General Motors in production management. This was the beginning of his rise to success. It wasn’t long before he became the Production General Manager there. By 2006, Chenevert was hired as president and CEO of United Technologies Corporation. In 2014, United Technologies CEO Louis Chenevert walked away from the company with a financial package at about $200 million, and started focusing on his hobby of yachting more.

Chenevert not only spends his time on his own yacht, the Debbie Lou, named after his wife. He has turned his hobby into a business as well. He is set on improving yachts through technology. “Everything I touch, I’m passionate about,” Chenevert said. “I love technology, and I’m always trying to build a boat with the latest equipment, which can be challenging.” It will be interesting to see what he does in years to come.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno is best known for replacing Johnny Carson and becoming the host of the Tonight Show for about twenty years, and that is how he amassed most of his fortune estimated at about $350 million. While Carson was a legend in the late night field, Leno did not do too poorly for himself. Leno has had a long-going hobby though, long before he was the host of the Tonight Show. He collects and restores vintage automobiles and motorcycles. In fact, he has about 300 vehicles in his collection. And most are quite rare! He has a McLaren F1 that is now worth $12 million.

William Gross

William Gross has a net worth of nearly $2 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He made most of his fortune through becoming one of the world’s largest bond investors. His hobby should not be too surprising though, since it is often thought of a hobby for the well off. Gross was inspired to start a quite serious stamp collection by his mother. As he gained wealth in the 1990s at Pimco, he began to look at stamps as a way to invest some of his money for the future. And stamp collection soon became a beloved hobby for him.

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is the undisputed king of hockey. Best-known for his play on the ice with the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. But he is also regarded quite high in another field. Gretzky is quite the coin collector. He has been collecting rare and valuable coins for many years. Much of his estimated $200 million fortune was brought about because of hockey, but his coin collection could make him a pretty penny, too.

Dean Martin

The iconic singer passed away on Christmas day in 1995. However, Dean Martin was not just a star on the stage, but he also had a number one television show for many years. In addition, he had numerous popular films from the 50s through the 70s. He was the rare entertainer that could do it all. The Rat Pack was fortunate to have him. In fact, Elvis Presley thought so highly of Dean Martin that he gave him the nickname the King of Cool. Yet his favorite hobby might be a bit surprising. He loved golf. Really loved golf.

Martin would go to bed much earlier than most people would think so he could get up early for a round of golf. This was an everyday occurrence. He would golf, play a card game, and then have dinner with his family. They would end the night with watching television. He was actually quite the family man. Other than being one of the most famous men in the world with an astounding wit, he was just an ordinary guy.

Stephen King

Horror writer Stephen King has published a total of 57 novels. All of the 57 are best sellers. According to Forbes, King makes approximately $40 million per year with a total fortune of about $400 million. Pretty impressive for a guy that was barely surviving in a trailer with his wife and young child as he taught English at a small high school. Once he sold his first book Carrie, his life literally changed overnight.

So what does one of the most famous writers of all time do for a hobby? King, of course, loves to read, mostly fiction. He enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles as well. He has been a fan of movies ever since he was a child. He also loves to play guitar, but admits that he is not all that good at it. In fact, he used to play in a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders with other authors such as Dave Barry and Matt Groening.