When it comes to throwing parties, history's richest figures have always picked going big over going home. Meet the mega-millionaires who hosted parties so epic that they're still being talked about today.
When you're one of the richest people to ever live, no price is too high to pay for an object of desire, no matter how expensive—or strange—it may be.
Lavish dining is the epitome of living it up. These are the mega-moneyed gourmands who spent jaw-dropping sums in pursuit of the rarest, the richest and the most forbidden food and drink money could buy.
The prized possessions of some of history's richest, most powerful people haven't been castles, jewels, or fine art. Meet the monarchs and millionaires who spent their fortunes collecting wild animals.
Gold has always been the ultimate status symbol. It's beautiful, virtually indestructible and above all, incredibly rare. For these ancient figures, acquiring and spending huge stockpiles of gold was an all-consuming passion.
No problem has loomed larger for history's crazy rich than how to keep themselves—and their multi-million dollar homes—safe and secure. These three figures broke the bank on security features designed to prevent break-ins.
We expect homes of rich people to be nice. We expect the homes of extremely rich people to be remarkable. As for these three crazy rich ancients? They built palaces that are literally some of the largest, most luxurious buildings ever.
These ancients realized they were destined to spend more time in the tomb than the throne room and spent big to build luxurious final resting places for themselves and their loved ones.
The average American couple will drop five figures on their wedding. That wouldn't even begin to cover the tab that these big spending couples racked up while throwing history's most baller nuptial celebrations.
Meet the ancients who bankrolled the construction of massive churches and temples in an attempt to buy their way past the pearly gates.
Whether it's private planes, private trains or gold-plated limousines, the mega-rich have always flaunted their wealth by buying luxury vehicles. Even when the only vehicles to buy were boats, chariots and horse-drawn carriages.