Celebrities have more money than the majority of people in the world, so it's only natural that they spend that money on luxuries that the average folk cannot afford. It's common to see actors, models, and entrepreneurs driving fancy, ostentatious cars, but it's not so common to see a celebrity driving a cheap clunker.
You would expect to see Tom Hanks, one of the most well-known actors, to be driving some lavish, expensive-looking sports car, but instead, you’ll catch him riding around in his beloved Scion xB. The same goes for Jennifer Lawrence, who made a fortune starring in the Hunger Games franchise and is currently one of the highest-paid female actors in the industry who could afford any car in the world but chooses to stick with her trusty Volkswagen Eos.
Some celebrities feel like they don't need to impress anyone, like Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, who loves driving his Acura TSX. Even Jay Leno, who has an impressive car collection of over 200 vehicles worth over $50 million, has a cheap clunker we’re surprised he's kept for so long.
Maybe it's the love of a classic car, maybe it's the pride they take in living a frugal life, or maybe they're just stuck in their old ways, but these 20 celebrities are driving cars that are pretty surprising for the amount of money that's reportedly in their bank accounts.
Here are 20 Celebrities Who Drive Cheap Cars.
20 Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven made a huge splash in the entertainment industry when he starred as the charismatic Ari Gold on HBO’s original series Entourage. On the show, his character was always seen driving around in a showy sports car, but when it comes to his real-life transportation, Piven prefers a bigger vehicle. He drives around in his 1977 Ford Bronco, which he fully restored and also added extra features to, like larger wheels.
Jeremy earned a reported $100,000 per episode of Entourage and also went on to star in the Entourage film in 2015. He has a net worth of approximately $20 million, according to TheRichest, and although the additional alterations to the car increase its value, it's still not a very luxurious ride for the Hollywood actor.
19 Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is a legendary filmmaker, director, and actor who has graced us with his presence in countless films over the years. You would recognize Eastwood in big Blockbuster hits like Million Dollar Baby, Dirty Harry, and Gran Torino, but you probably wouldn't recognize the 87-year-old driving around in his old GMC Typhoon.
Although he's amassed a fortune of over $375 million over the years, Eastwood still loves to drive around in his limited-edition SUV, which was only built from 1992 until 1993 and looks similar to the GMC Jimmy SUV. It actually will go from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, which is pretty impressive for the car age and make, but it's still just worth around $20,000.
18 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who's known for being an environmental advocate, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that he owns a Toyota Prius. The electric car is known for being a reliable means of transportation but is by no means the flashy car that you'd expect to see one of Hollywood’s biggest stars driving around in.
DiCaprio has acted in major films like Titanic, The Departed, and Wolf of Wall Street and has an estimated net worth of almost $300 million, so why does he choose to drive around a car that only costs between $19,000 and $29,900? Leo has invested in some more extravagant wheels over the years, but he's still frequently spotted by paparazzi driving around in his little Prius.
17 Colin Farrell
Collin Farrell is a recognizable face to many, as he's starred in films like Horrible Bosses, Pride and Glory, and The Beguiled. His successful acting career has spanned two decades this year, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the set of wheels in his driveway. Farrell drives around in a fifth-generation Ford Bronco. The car is from the mid-nineties and could probably break down at any minute, but the actor seems to love his cheap, simple car.
The SUV is known for its strong engines, but any car depreciates in quality over time. The actor, who has an estimated net worth of over $30 million, could sell his Bronco these days for up to $40,000 if it's in excellent condition, although it's not like he needs the money.
16 Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest men in the world, with a net worth of over $84.3 billion (yes, billion with a “B”) but chooses to drive a car that's a mere decimal of a percentage of his worth. Buffett drove a 2006 Cadillac DTS for years until his daughter finally insisted that he replace the “embarrassing ride.” In 2014, he purchased a Cadillac XTS, for around $45,000, which is still next to nothing for the unbelievably wealthy man.
The business mogul takes pride in the frugal life he lives, and he enjoys it, too, for that matter. He's lived in the same house that he bought with his wife back in 1958 for $31,500 and claims to only spend a few dollars on breakfast every day. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Warren refuses to spend money on vehicles and prefers to invest his fortune wisely into businesses instead.
15 Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks has been acting in big-name movies for the last thirty years, so he's certainly racked up a great deal of cash over the course of his successful career. However, the actor doesn't choose to spend a lot of money on the car that he drives and instead drives around in a Scion xB that he's modified to have an electric engine. The actor must've really been fond of that specific car because there are much flashier and fancier electric cars that he could've chosen.
The Forrest Gump star’s modifications apparently bring the value of the $15,000 car up to around $55,000; however, that's still not much in comparison to the multimillionaire’s net worth of around $350 million.
14 John Goodman
John Goodman most recently starred in the film, Kong: Skull Island, or you may recognize him from the old television series Roseanne, but either way, he's had a fairly successful career. However, Goodman hasn't let any of the fame get to his head and still lives a fairly frugal life.
The actor drives a 1997 Ford F-150 that seems to suit his casual, laid-back persona. But don't let that fool you - he's won Emmys and Golden Globes for his acting performances and has a net worth of over $60 million. He could surely afford any kind of car that he wanted, which is what makes us pretty sure that he's happy to be driving his Ford pickup truck any day of the week.
13 David Spade
David Spade is well known for starring in films alongside Adam Sandler, like Benchwarmers or The Do-Over, as well as some other hits like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy, so it's safe to say that he's earned more than enough cash over the years to get himself an expensive ride. However, for years, Spade drove around in his 1987 Buick Grand National.
In the fall of 2017, Spade announced that he was placing his recently revamped Buick up for sale for $33,000. The actor spent more than $9,000 in renovations and new parts before handing the car off to a new owner. According to insiders, Spade just wanted to unload the car and that after twelve years, he just didn't have room for it anymore.
12 Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the highest-paid actresses in the film industry, but you would've never guessed it from the car she drives. The Hunger Games star has an estimated net worth of around $130 million but has driven around in her Volkswagen Eos for years. An Eos only costs around $35,000, so the actress could obviously afford to buy something a little more luxurious. Nevertheless, the little white convertible has proven to be enough for her for quite some time now.
As the 27-year-old continues to rake in millions of dollars a year, it'll be interesting to see if she begins to invest her fortune into more extravagant means of travel. For now, the 2.0L turbocharged 200hp engine on her VW will do for this leading lady.
11 Justin Timberlake
Surprisingly, one of the biggest pop stars on the radio doesn't drive around in an expensive car. Justin Timberlake has had big hits since his days with his boy band N’SYNC and has continued to make music that people love throughout his solo career, but the singer has never spent much of his fortune on cars.
The pop star, who has a net worth of over $230 million, rides around in his economically sound, fourth-generation Volkswagen Jetta. His wife, Jessica Biel, is also a successful actress, so the couple doesn't need help in the financial department but still chooses to live more frugally instead. With a starting price of just $16,000, this car is certainly not something that the singer had to dig deep into his pockets to purchase.
10 Mark Zuckerberg
You would think that the founder of Facebook and one of the youngest billionaires in the world would be driving around like a king, but it's actually quite the opposite. Zuckerberg enjoys living life like a regular guy and can be seen driving his Acura TSX around California, where he lives with his wife and child. The car only costs around $30,000, and although it's a perfectly nice car, it's not as extravagant as you would expect from someone of his stature.
Zuckerberg has defended his choice in vehicles in the past by saying that it's “safe, comfortable, and not ostentatious.” The entrepreneur was also said to have recently purchased a Volkswagen GTI, which is of similar value. So clearly, he's not planning on filling his car collection with luxurious rides.
9 Pope Francis
Pope Francis is the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, so he's a very powerful man. He famously rides around in his “Popemobile,” which is a custom-made Mercedes with bulletproof glass that he sits in during public appearances. However, the pope also has a car of his own that he likes to drive around Vatican City in—a 1984 Renault 4 hatchback.
The 81-year-old actually had the car donated to him when he first became the acting pope in 2013 so that he could drive around the Vatican grounds on his own. The car only cost a couple of thousand dollars at most, but he enjoys driving it very much. His choice highlights his humility and the casual demeanor that people love and admire so much.
8 Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft and the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Although the businessman has amassed a fortune of over 36.9 billion, he's insisted on driving Fords his entire life because his father was a manager at Ford Motor Company.
The billionaire mogul was hand-delivered a new Ford Fusion Hybrid by the CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally, in 2009 to celebrate their one-millionth vehicle equipped with SYNC, which is Ford’s in-vehicle communications and entertainment system. The Fusion only cost around $28,000 at the time, but we're betting that Steve didn't even pay for the car because it was presented as a gift from Ford. Ballmer has always boasted about Ford’s reliability and safety, but for someone who has more money than 99.9% of the population, you would still expect him to drive something a bit more glamorous.
7 Ed Begley Jr.
"Ed Begley Jr." isn't a name that stands out, but the actor certainly has a face you'll likely recognize. He's had roles in big films like Pineapple Express and Ghostbusters, as well as television series like Portlandia, 7th Heaven, Monk, and Better Call Saul. With a successful acting career in his back pocket, the 68-year-old could absolutely afford to treat himself to a luxurious car; however, he seems to be totally happy driving around in his Toyota RAV4.
The actor has an estimated net worth of around $5 million, but the environmentally friendly SUV only cost him around $24,000. With a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to electronic cars, he certainly went with the most average of choices.
6 Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe definitely earned a decent chunk of change from starring in the Harry Potter franchise, so you probably wouldn't expect him to be driving around in such a clunker. Instead of some flashy sports car or an extravagant SUV, Daniel drives a Fiat Punto that only cost him around $17,000. He bought the tiny green car on his 18th birthday in 2011 and has kept it ever since.
With a net worth of over $100 million, you'd think he could afford something a little nicer, which he most definitely can but just chooses not to. Regardless, the actor seems to love driving around in his cheap little Punto and spends his fortune on other things like real estate in New York City.
5 Zac Efron
Zac Efron was just a struggling actor until he scored his big role in Disney Channel’s High School Musical. However, once he became a famous actor with film roles piling up, he seemed to have forgotten to upgrade his means of transportation. For years, the handsome Hollywood star would be photographed driving around town in his 1999 Oldsmobile Alero instead of some hotshot sports car like you would expect.
The car was only produced from 1998 to 2004 and was the last car to ever be manufactured by the Oldsmobile brand (for good reason). Fortunately, we can confirm that Zac Efron finally gave up his old clunker and recently auctioned it off and gave the proceeds to a charity organization. He went out and bought himself a brand new Audi A8 afterward.
4 Lily Allen
Lily Allen is a singer and songwriter who's come out with songs like “Smile” and “Not Fair,” and despite the amount of success she's seen over the years, she's not too good for her Ford Focus. The musician has been photographed driving in a bright green Focus, which only cost around $16,000 at the time.
However, it's also entirely possible that the car was gifted to her as a marketing ploy by Toyota, but either way, Allen drove around in the car quite frequently. You'd hardly recognize the touring singer driving around in the mediocre vehicle because she hardly looks like the famous musician we're used to seeing on stage. With a net worth of $20 million, Lily could definitely afford to get herself a nicer set of wheels.
3 Jay Leno
Jay Leno has one of the most impressive collections of cars in the world, with over 250 vehicles worth over $50 million. He owns some of the most unique cars to ever have been made like the McLaren MP4-12 and a 1909 Baker electric car. However, the late-night talk-show host did let some clunkers make their way into his collection like his 1991 GMC Syclone.
The GMC Syclone was one of just 3,000 to have ever been produced because the sales were so poor. The pickup truck looked pretty much like any other GMC, except for the turbocharged engine 4.3-liter V6 engine, but it still only cost around $26,000, which is nothing for the multimillionaire with a net worth of over $350 million.
2 Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has starred in a countless number of memorable films, like Lethal Weapon and Braveheart, just to name a few, but despite the millions of dollars that he's made, he still chooses to drive a cheap car. Gibson has been photographed by the paparazzi many times driving around in a sixth-generation Toyota Cressida that will only cost you a few hundred dollars to purchase these days.
The actor has accumulated a net worth of over $425 million throughout the course of his successful acting and producing career - although to be fair, that amount was basically double, at $850 million, until he lost half of it during his divorce settlement with his ex-wife Robyn Moore Gibson in 1997, so perhaps, he's on a budget.
1 Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien has had an extremely successful career in comedy, writing for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons in his early days and moving on to work with Late Night and The Tonight Show before eventually hosting his own late-night talk show, Conan. With success in the entertainment industry comes fortune, but you wouldn't guess that O’Brien had earned much for himself by simply looking at his car.
The red-headed comedian drives a 1992 Ford Taurus SHO. Not only is the car a pretty unsightly looking vehicle; it's also over 20 years old. There's no reason the talk-show host would hang on to this car unless he really loved it… so he must. These days, you can purchase an old Taurus for just a few thousand dollars.
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