When we think of celebrities, we often assume they live lavish, extravagant lifestyles. In reality, some famous faces are surprisingly frugal. From being seen in public transport to driving budget-friendly cars, these 11 celebrities have embraced a more thrifty way of life.
1. Tobey Maguire
Growing up in poverty, the iconic Spider-Man actor knows the value of a dollar. He recalls sleeping on relatives’ couches and even seeking shelter on some nights. When success finally came knocking, Maguire remained conservative with his money saying, “You know those Lotto winners who win big and then blow through all the money? That would never happen to me.”
2. Billie Eilish
Billy Eilish has amassed a vast fortune at only 22. Yet, the Highland Park-born musician favors a frugal lifestyle. The only evidence of Eilish’s spending is a sleek, black Dodge. Eilish once said she goes for the “Super-cheap meets fancy” approach for her lifestyle.
3. Keanu Reeves
Keanu says, “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.” Reeves is famous for giving away millions to his crew members in the Matrix sequels, and he often makes cameos on public transport, giving to the homeless, or just chilling on a park bench alone with a sandwich.
4. Jay Leno
The Los Angeles-based comedian has amassed enough wealth to live two lavish lifestyles, and curiously, he only spends the money he made from his standup work. Therefore, he must be seriously astute with his pennies — this is amazing, considering his car collection alone is worth an estimated $50-$100 million.
5. Warren Buffett
The man who made Berkshire Hathaway is renowned as a humble soul. He still lives in the same home he purchased 75 years ago — a modest detached house in Omaha, Nebraska. You will never see Buffett in a Bugatti, Ferrari, or a chauffeured limo; he even picks Bill Gates up from the airport when he visits.
6. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell is the star of hits such as The Good Place, House of Lies, and Veronica Mars, so she must be worth a sum. However, Bell made headlines by wearing a cheap Target dress on the red carpet once. The likable actress lives frugally, donating much of her income and time to feeding the poor and advocating for animal rights charities.
7. Mark Zuckerberg
The Facebook monarch made a few bucks in his career. However, if you were unaware of who Zuckerberg was and saw him in public, you would see a modest tech bro wearing a faded teeshirt. His “minimalist lifestyle” also comes with the promise that he will one day donate 99% of his billions to charity.
8. Christian Bale
Rarely seen in public or making ostentatious fashion statements, the British A-lister lives a meager existence by Hollywood’s standards. Like Batman, he shuns the spotlight, and according to one fan, he lives away from the “expensive or trendy neighborhoods in L.A.” Moreover, Bale only makes appearances at glitzy events for film publicity — never by choice.
9. Jennifer Lawrence
The star is renowned for sticking to her roots — even using coupons and reportedly “hunting for bargains at the supermarket.” Lawrence grew up in a middle-class family and learned the value of stretching the dollar. “I was raised to have value for money; to have respect for money,” says the Hunger Games star.
10. Prince William and Kate Middleton
My future king and his wife are popular in the United Kingdom. Their humility is infectious, and the couple will enjoy a great reign one day. Of course, once he becomes the British Commonwealth’s monarch, his value will rise. However, like his grandmother and father, William understands nobody in Britain likes a royal diva.
11. Sir Paul McCartney
The richest Beatle of them all grew up in post-war Austerity Britain: he understands what it is to struggle financially. For a man worth almost $1 billion, he still flies economy, takes public transport, and sent most of his kids to a state school. Mccartney says he doesn’t care for money, explaining, “Money can’t buy me love.” I think he stole that from a song!
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