10 Most Eccentric Millionaires and Billionaires

4. Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel has his fingers in a lot of pies. The co-founder of PayPal and investor in Facebook, Thiel seemingly has a license to print money. But his true passion is in philanthropy through his Thiel foundation, investing in strange, revolutionary technologies. Amongst his interests: developing artificial intelligence, human immortality, and the building of oceangoing floating cities, which he believes are necessary for the continuation of our species.

3. Robert Durst

Robert Durst

Robert Durst is living proof that, when you have enough money, you can get away with murder. The son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst, Robert seemed to come unhinged at just 7 years old, when he witnessed his mother commit suicide, leaping from the roof of the family home.

In 1982, Robert’s wife Kathleen went missing. Her body was never found. In 2000, when the investigation was reopened, Robert’s friend Susan Berman was found shot to death execution style in her home; it has been advanced that Berman may have had information on Kathleen’s disappearance and he didn’t want her to talk. Shortly thereafter, he began cross dressing.

In 2001, the body parts of his elderly neighbor were found floating in Galveston Bay, Texas, and he was arrested, but posted bail and skipped town. He was arrested in Pennsylvania after trying to steal a chicken sandwich and a Band-Aid at a supermarket, despite having $37,500 in cash with him. He hired high powered defense attorney Dick DeGuerin (who had previously represented Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh). Amazingly, he was acquitted of murder, charged only with jumping bail and tampering with evidence. He served a short prison sentence, and is currently living in a townhouse in New York City, where his terrified neighbors keep a close eye on him.

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