10 Most Eccentric Millionaires and Billionaires

10. Jocelyn Wildenstein


A strikingly beautiful Swiss socialite, Jocelyn was introduced to art heir billionaire Alec Wildenstein by Adnan Khashoggi on his 60,000 acre Kenyan ranch. During their marriage, she began a multi-million dollar plastic surgery campaign, transforming her features into those of a big cat to please her husband. The horrifying result apparently did little to please Alec, and Jocelyn caught him in bed with a 19 year old Russian model in 1997. Jocelyn received one of the biggest divorce settlements in history; $2.5 billion with an allowance of $100 million a year for 13 years. Perhaps out of basic human decency, the judge ruled that she could not use any of this money for further surgery. Like the Duchess of Alba, she seems to have a weakness for younger men; her current beau is some 20 years her junior.

9. Robert Klark Graham

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Graham was an optometrist who made his fortune inventing shatter-proof eyeglass lenses. Instead of resting on his laurels, Graham decided to embark on a mission to create a master race. In 1980, he opened the “Repository for Germinal Choice”, which was intended to be a sperm bank that only took donations from Nobel Prize laureates. Unfortunately, consideration for the Nobel Prize tends to require a lifetime of work, and the elderly sperm he was collecting forced Graham to lower his standards to less accomplished men. The only contributor who became publicly known was William Shockley, who won the Nobel in Physics in 1956. Shockley was 70 at the time the Repository opened. In February 1997, at the age of 90, Graham slipped in the bathtub, knocked himself out, and drowned. The Repository fizzled out shortly thereafter. It is believed some 217 children were conceived by Graham’s sperm bank, and those few who have come forward seem to display marked intelligence.

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