Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has literally flown his group around the world as a licensed pilot. But now the singer is branching out by investing in a new plane/blimp called an "Airlander" that is "the biggest aircraft ever produced."
Wired reports the HAV 304 "Airlander" is 300 feet long, 20 per cent longer than a Boeing 747 and 10 per cent longer than the previous largest aircraft (Antonov An-225). The blimp -- which is being considered for commercial use and priced around $100,000,000 each -- is more complex and functional despite resembling the Hindenburg, the infamous blimp which crashed in 1937 in New Jersey, killing 36 people and becoming immortalized on the cover of Led Zeppelin's debut album.
Hybrid Air Vehicles produced the "Airlander" which can reach a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour and whose maiden voyage is slated for 2016. Other features enable the "Airlander" to land on water, sand or dry land without the need of an airstrip and can also land without anybody on the ground to pull it down, unlike most blimps.
Dickinson is putting his money where his mouth is with the project after investing $450,000 towards the plane's creation. "The airship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up," the singer told BBC. "It's a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do." Dickinson also said the plane is 70 per cent more eco-friendly than a cargo plane. "It seizes my imagination. I want to get in this thing and fly it pole to pole."
Dickinson's Unledded Zeppelin (as they totally should've called it) is undeniably cool, but here are some other amazing rock star-owned vehicles for the road, water and air.
Frank Sinatra -- Learjet
On October 30, 1964, the Lear Jet Corporation sent a receipt to Frank Sinatra with the following: "Please convey to Mr. Sinatra our congratulations and our intention to deliver him the world's finest business machine." According to an article on <a href="http://www.sunlakesaeroclub.org/updates_web_data/081231/Sinatra.htm" target="_blank">Sinatra's purchase</a> the late crooner paid $45,000 for the jet which became known for flying the "Rat Pack" to and from Las Vegas from Los Angeles. Sinatra sold the jet in 1967.
Jimmy Buffett -- Hemisphere Dancer (vintage plane)
No money prepared Jimmy Buffett for a near fatal incident in 1996 when the plane -- with Bono, Island Records mogul Chris Blackwell and Buffett as passengers -- was shot at. Buffettworld.com reported police start shooting at the plane suspecting it was carrying drugs. "I felt as if we were in the middle of a James Bond movie -- only this was real," <a href="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/bono-recalls-terrifying-day-police-shot-at-him-28493741.html" target="_blank">Bono told</a> the Belfast Telegraph.
Pharrell Williams -- Ferrari Enzo
MSN <a href="http://editorial.autos.msn.com/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=1077848#2" target="_blank">reported</a> Pharrell Williams was happy years before releasing "Happy." The singer not only owned a Mercedes worth almost half a million alone, Williams also owned a Ferrari Enzo. Then car was inspired by Formula 1 and put the musician back a cool million. The limited-edition Ferrari Enzo was created by the noted car manufacturer back in 2002 and used ones now sell for much higher than its original price.
Bono -- The Cyan (Yacht)
U2's Bono has a handful of residences internationally but sometimes can be found on The Cyan, a 140-foot yacht. According to <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/bono.html#yachts" target="_hplink">BornRich.com</a>, the yacht has had roughly $25,000,000 to $30,000,000 pumped into it by the singer. The Cyan has six cabins, satellite televisions and an on-deck Jacuzzi among other amenities. Bono bought the boat after renting it in 2007.
Neil Young -- LincVolt (car)
He has money to purchase any vehicle under the sun but Neil Young has a very famous old vehicle: LincVolt. The car is a 1959 Lincoln Continental but powered by almost futuristic technology. As reported last year Young drove the electric-powered beast from California through to Alberta to visit the oilsands development, comparing Fort McMurray to "Hiroshima."
7. Jay Z - Bombardier Learjet Challenger 850
Beyonce might have had a hard time wrapping it but the singer gave hubby Jay Z a rather large gift on Father's Day 2012: a learjet. According to <a href="http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/money/the-top-10-celebrities-with-the-nicest-private-jets/" target="_blank">TheRichest.com</a> contains two bathrooms, bedroom and a living room. Elite Daily <a href="http://elitedaily.com/featured/learjet-bombadier-challenger-850/" target="_blank">reported</a> the price was $30,000,000.
Elvis -- Lisa Marie (Learjet)
While it might pale compared to the learjets some rock stars commute in, Elvis' Learjet for its time was state-of-the-art. The Lisa Marie (named after his daughter) was purchased on April 17, 1975 for $250,000. According to the Elvis <a href="http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/lisa_marie_convair_880_jet.shtml#sthash.SDhcBP1M.dpbs" target="_blank">Australia site</a> the singer considered purchasing a plane previously but the owner of the plane in question fled to South America to escape embezzling charges by the I.R.S.
Bruce Springsteen -- Sacred Cow (motorcycle)
Bruce Springsteen recently traveled down to Florida on his motorbike. But according to <a href="http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/04/04/billy-joel-rides-a-motorcycle/" target="_blank">Cycle World Springsteen</a> had a motorcycle (originally a Kawasaki W650) made for him by another famous musician: Billy Joel. "Bruce is always looking for a character bike," Joel said. "After a ride, he (Springsteen) came back and said, 'I want you to build me that bike.'"
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons 19323 Ford Coupe
ZZ Top's bearded Billy Gibbons’ 1932 Ford Coupe, dubbed the “Eliminator” and boasting a double-Z paint job, was immortalized in five of the band's music videos
Diddy -- The Maraya (yacht)
Diddy does boating the same way he does most things in life: big! This luxury yacht reportedly needs a staff of 10 to keep it running smoothly. The yacht features a top deck party area with its own stage, projectors and bar. In 2012 <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2254427/Diddy-snaps-photos-picturesque-St-Barts-aboard-72M-yacht.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a> reported the artist had chartered another luxury yacht in St. Barts for a cost of 325,000 Euros per week.
Paul McCartney -- Sunfish (boat)
It won't be mistaken for Bono's luxury liner, but Macca's Sunfish is unique. The "beach launched sailing boat" is rather bare bones but according to BornRich.com seems to be extremely eco-friendly. "She is my antidote to chaos," McCartney said in 2010 according to Britain's <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/167511/Paul-McCartney-and-Nancy-Shevell-s-big-love-on-boat" target="_blank">Daily Express</a>. "I like the freedom and the peace."
Justin Bieber's Fisker Karma
Bieber's manager Scooter Braun bought him the flashy-yet-envorinmentally-friendly Fisker Karma for his 18th birthday. The car was plated in chrome, making it something of a road hazard, albeit not as hazardous as Bieber letting his friend Lil Twist drive it.
Bieber's Fisker Karma
Eric Clapton Va Bene (Yacht)
Old Slowhands could easily take this slow boat to China, or anywhere else for that matter. And you could do, too, as Clapton rents it out for a mere US$210,000 per week.
Bruce Springsteen, 1960 Corvette
This black-and-white 1960 Corvette ragtop was the first nice car that Boss could afford to buy after the success of ‘Born to Run’ in 1975.
Michael Jackson's Neverland Train
Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Ranch not only contained a zoo and an amusement park, but a train to get around the grounds, as well.
Janis Joplin's Porsche
If you had to imagine what a 1965 Porche driven by a hippie rock star might look like, this would be pretty much exactly it.
Metallica's James Hetfield, 1953 Buick Skylark
Metallica's singer James Hetfield may have made his name fronting a dark and edgy rock band, but his 1953 Buick Skylark is all curves, and lavender to boot.
Metallica's Kirk Hammet, 1936 Ford Coupe
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet's vintage ride, on the other hand, is black and gangster.
Elvis's 1975 Lincolm Continental Mark IV
This car might seem oversized, but remember, in the mid-70s Elvis needed extra wiggle room.
Neil Young, toy trains
Before Young's made fighting the Oil Sands and saving high-fidelity music his life's missions, he spent a lot of time playing with toy trains.
Simon Cowell's Slipstream (Yacht)
Mostly we're impressed how the black body of the super yacht makes it look like it's wearing one of his trademark tight Ts.
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10. Bernard Arnault
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/bernard-arnault? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013& partner=huffpo">Net worth: $29 billion DOWN Source: LVMH Citizenship: France</a> - Falls from no. 4 in world to no. 10 due to more information about his ownership stake. - Also a factor: Forbes now values his direct stake in Christian Dior, which in turn has a 41% stake in LVMH and trades at a near 20% discount to the underlying shares; previously we had valued the shares in LVMH. - LVMH shares rose more than 6%; U.S. sales grew at a faster rate than sales in Asia region in the fourth quarter - Arnault denied reports that his request for Belgian citizenship last year was related to the country’s tax policies. - It was announced in October that he will be knighted for his services in the U.K.
9. Liliane Bettencourt
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/liliane-bettencourt? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $30 billion UP Source: L’Oreal Citizenship: France</a> - Heiress to L’Oreal cosmetics fortune jumps to 9th richest in 2013 from 15th richest last year, thanks to a more than 30% rise in the price of L’Oreal stock. Her net worth is $6 billion higher than a year ago. - Now the world’s richest woman. She last cracked the top 10 in 1999. -Her father founded L’Oreal. Bettencourt and her family own more than 30% of the company. -Bettencourt’s assets were placed under the guardianship of her daughter in 2011 after a three-year legal battle. Bettencourt, widowed and age 90, suffers from dementia. Her grandson, Jean- Victor Meyers, took her spot on the L’Oreal board in February 2012.
8. Li Ka-shing
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/li-ka-shingutm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $31 million UP Source: diversified Citizenship: Hong Kong</a> - Once again Asia’s richest person and the only one from the region among the world’s top 20 richest. - His fortune jumped $5.5 billion to $31 billion, as shares of his biggest holdings, Cheung Kong, Hutchison Whampoa and Husky Energy, all rose more than 10%. He also received 2012 dividends of $860 million. - Li's businesses employ 260,000 people around the world in 52 countries. -Li-controlled companies bought British gas supplier Wales & West Utilities for $1 billion in October; his third utilities acquisition in the U.K. in 24 months. He now supplies gas to a quarter of all Brits. - Investor in such tech outfits as Facebook, spotify, and social TV platform Stevie.
6. Charles Koch And David Koch
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/charles- koch?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $34 billion UP Source: diversified Citizenship: U.S.A.</a> - World’s richest siblings added $9 billion apiece to their fortunes over the past year. - They own a combined 84% of Koch Industries, country’s second largest private company with $115 billion in estimated sales, up 15% in the past year. - Also got boost from improving operations at Georgia Pacific, maker of Angel Soft and Quilted Northern toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, and Dixie cups. Sold more than $1 billion worth of toilet paper in 2011. - David, who runs the chemical technology side of Koch Industries, is the richest New Yorker. - Things didn’t go so well on the political front as brothers failed in their quest to unseat Barack Obama from the White House ("Bitterly disappointing," he told Forbes in an interview after the election).
5. Larry Ellison
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/larry-ellison? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $43 billion UP Source: Oracle Citizenship: U.S.A.</a> -Software mogul is $7 billion richer than a year ago, thanks to more than 20% jump in the value of Oracle stock. - In June he bought 98% of Hawaiian island of Lanai from billionaire David Murdock for a reported $500 million. -Just recently bought Island Air, a Hawaiian airline. Purchase price was not disclosed. -Continues to buy property in Malibu. -Gearing up for the America’s Cup yacht races in San Francisco later in 2013. -Supports the Ellison Medical Foundation, which does research on aging and age-related diseases. Gave $45 million worth of Oracle shares to the foundation in April 2012.
4. Warren Buffett
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/warren-buffett? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $53.5 billion UP Source: Berkshire Hathaway Citzenship: U.S.A.</a> - Year’s second biggest gainer added $9.5 billion to his fortune as Berkshire Hathaway shares rose 26% year over year -First time he’s not among top 3 richest since 2000. - Investors applaud his dealmaking savvy, and this year was no exception as he made a couple of notable moves: in February, announced a deal with Brazilian billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann's 3G Capital to snap up iconic ketchup producer H.J. Heinz Co. for $23.2 billion; bought Oriental Trading in November 2012. - World’s second most generous person, he gave $1.5 billion to the Gates Foundation in July 2012, bringing his lifetime giving to nearly $17.3 billion. On his birthday in August 2012 Buffett pledged $3 billion of stock to his children's foundations.
3. Amancio Ortega
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/amancio-ortega? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $57 billion UP Source: Zara Citizenship: Spain</a> - Year’s biggest gainer: fortune up $19.5 billion - Moves to number 3, up from number 5 richest last year. Now ahead of Warren Buffett. - Driving the jump is a more than 50% rise in value of Inditex shares; Ortega, who stepped down as the firm’s chairman in 2011, still owns nearly 60% of the shares. - He also has real estate portfolio, estimated to be worth more than $4 billion, that includes iconic Torre Picasso, a 43-story skyscraper in Madrid (Google is a tenant), plus properties in Madrid, London, Chicago, San Francisco and New York.
2. Bill Gates
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery/bill-gates? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net worth: $67 billion UP Source: Microsoft Citizenship: U.S.A</a> -World's biggest philanthropist has given away $28 billion, the vast majority of it to his foundation, which is working to eradicate such diseases as polio and malaria. - Net worth is up by $6 billion vs. March 2012 due to gains in his investment portfolio. Holdings include tech hygiene firm Ecolab and Mexican Coke bottler FEMSA, both up more than 20% in the past year. -Microsoft stock --he owns about 5% of the company -- accounts for just 18% of his net worth. -In February the first 12 non-Americans joined Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge, in which the ultra-wealthy pledge to give away at least half their net worth to charity. New pledgers include Richard Branson of the U.K. and India’s Azim Premji. -Gates recently said the only thing left on his bucket list was, "Don't die."
1. Carlos Slim Helu & Family
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/gallery? utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=billionaires%2B2013&partner=huffpo">Net Worth: $73 billion UP Source: telecom Citizenship: Mexico</a> - World's richest man for the fourth year in a row. - Net worth up $4 billion versus 2012 but still $1 billion shy of his all-time record; boost came from surging stock prices at his financial arm, Grupo Financiero Inbursa, and at his Grupo Carso industrial and retail giant. - Pan-Latin American mobile telecom outfit America Movil remains his most valuable holding at $36.3 billion; the company spread its wings to Europe in the past year, buying pieces of Dutch telecom company KPN and Telekom Austria - Bought a majority of struggling Spanish soccer team Real Oviedo. - Latin America’s most generous person, his foundation pledged to translate into Spanish 1,000 videos from the Khan Academy education nonprofit website. Slim also hosted Bill Gates in late February; the two men announced they are funding research to improve farmers' yields and reduce hunger.
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12: South Korea - 160,000
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11: Brazil - 165,000
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10: Italy - 176,000
Number of high net worth individuals (liquid assets of $1 million or more).