8 Most Outrageous Parties Thrown by the Rich and Famous
If you were rich enough to throw the party of your dreams, would you splurge on a private performance by your favorite rapper, a shipment of some wildly expensive tropical flowers or a military parade? Why not all of the above! Here are eight crazy, lavish, and over-the-top-parties thrown by the world’s elite.
Elizabeth Brooks’ Bat Mitzvah
Former military manufacturer CEO David Brooks spared no expense when his daughter Elizabeth turned 13. He spent a ridiculous $10 million on her party and paid the likes of Aerosmith, Ciara, 50 Cent and inexplicably, Kenny G, to perform at her party. As it later turned out though, he footed the bill with money he embezzled from his company. We doubt there were any “mazel tovs” when he was hauled off to jail in 2007.
The Sultan of Brunei’s 50th Birthday
You know you’re a big deal when you can get not just one, but two princes to help celebrate your birthday. Back in 1996, the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei paid the Prince of Pop, Michael Jackson, $16 million to sing at his 50th birthday bash and also got Prince Charles of Wales to play in a celebrity polo match in his honor. Now that’s how a true royal rolls.
Atlantis Hotel Opening
Abu Dhabi is home to some of the richest people in the world, so it’s no wonder that even a hotel opening there is an event to be remembered. Thought to be the most expensive launch party in history, the celebration of the opening of the Atlantis Hotel featured celebrity appearances by Robert DeNiro and Janet Jackson, a $2 million performance by Kylie Minogue and a million fireworks – ten times the amount used at the Beijing Olympics.