Celebrities come in many forms: athletes, actors, musicians, investors, producers, presidents, popes, etc. One thing they all seem to have in common is that they’ve found creative ways to make their wealth, and they’ve become household names while they’ve done it. This list is filled with people from many different sectors and industries, and they’re all worth millions and billions of dollars.
What sets these celebs apart from their peers is that they have humility—at least when it comes to driving cars. They realize that you don’t have to drive the flashiest, nicest vehicle on the planet just because you can. In fact, many of the celebrities here stay under the radar on purpose, and one of the best ways they do that is by driving inconspicuous, seemingly bad cars.
Here are 20 celebrities driving beaters.
20 Christian Bale – Toyota Tacoma
To many people, he might be Batman, or Patrick Bateman (from American Psycho, the movie that shot him to stardom in the US), but he really sees himself as a regular guy, just with an awesome job. The English actor drives an old Toyota Tacoma as his daily driver, and has no problems with looking out of place among his celebrity peers—he’s worth $80 million, besides, so he has nothing to worry about and nothing to prove.
19 Jennifer Lawrence – Volkswagen Eos
As part of the younger generation of celebrities (she was born in 1990), you might not expect Jennifer Lawrence to drive a Volkswagen Eos—for her, a beater. Many other celebrities her age are balling out of control and driving showy, flashy cars, but not this Academy Award-winning actress. She’s quickly become one of the most popular celebrities in the world and is worth $130 million.
18 Britney Spears – Mini Cooper
Britney Spears might not be as popular as she once was, but the Princess of Pop is still worth a staggering $215 million. She also has to be commended for making it through to the other side after all of her struggles. Britney drives a Mini Cooper, though she also has plenty of cool cars like Maseratis and Mercedes. But the “Toxic” star is seen more often in her Mini than anything else.
17 Justin Timberlake – Volkswagen Jetta
Speaking of the Mickey Mouse Club (of which Britney Spears was also apart, as well as Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera), Justin Timberlake is hotter than ever right now. The actor, singer, entrepreneur, and producer can seem to do no wrong, whether it’s in the movies, in music, or anything else. And yet, even with his $230-million bank account, he drives this simple Volkswagen Jetta, opting for reliability rather than flair.
16 Cate Blanchett – Toyota Prius
Cate Blanchett is another A-list actress who drives a Toyota Prius, trying to do her part to save the world from sure destruction. The Australian beauty has acted in movies ranging from The Lord of the Rings to Thor: Ragnarok, as well as dramas like Blue Jasmine, The Gift, The Aviator, Carol, and more. Most recently she was in Ocean’s 8.
15 Dave Grohl – Smart ForTwo
Dave Grohl is one of the most influential drummers of our generation, and he’s also an amazing songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He’s best known for being Nirvana’s most famous drummer from 1990 to 1994, and for founding the Foo Fighters. He’s one of the most likable figures in rock, and what might come as a shock is he’s one of the richest, too: he’s worth a whopping $280 million! But he drives this tiny Smart ForTwo, which clearly doesn’t match his rock persona.
14 Mel Gibson – Smart ForTwo
Another tough looking guy who doesn’t seem like he belongs in a Smart ForTwo is Mel Gibson, the once-blacklisted A-list actor, director, and producer, who is slowly making his comeback in Hollywood. Despite the many debacles surrounding Gibson, and his downfall from grace, he’s still one of the wealthiest actors around, worth nearly half a billion dollars ($425 million). He owns a shoddy Toyota Cressida, too, besides this Smart car.
13 Conan O’Brien – 1992 Ford Taurus SHO
We’re covering all of our bases here, from actors to musicians to late-night talk show hosts. Conan O’Brien got his start writing for Saturday Night Live, then The Simpsons, and then he took over Late Night from David Letterman in 1993. He’s the longest-working of all the current late-night talk show hosts in the US, at 25 years, and is worth $85 million, but he still drives this deep green 1992 Ford Taurus SHO.
12 George W. Bush – 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch
A man that needs no introduction, George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States, and we’ll try not to get political here, but many people might be missing him right about now, which would have been hard to believe at one point in time. The Texan is worth around $40 million, but prefers to drive trucks like this 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4.
11 Warren Buffett – 2006 Cadillac DTS
As the third richest person in the world, behind only Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett seems to be untouchable when it comes to investing. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is worth $82.5 billion, and almost more than everyone else on this list combined, and yet the 88-year-old drives a Cadillac DTS. He actually sold his 2006 DTS—a $12,000 car—for $122,000, and bought a more recent 2014 Cadillac XTS.
10 Mark Zuckerberg – Honda Fit
Mark Zuckerberg is the only person on the list that can even get close to touching Warren Buffett’s wealth, and he’s about a third of Buffett’s age. The founder of Facebook is worth $67.4 billion, but has always driven reasonably priced cars, and he’s never been one to show off. Here he’s pictured in a Honda Fit, with a big grin on his face—and why wouldn’t he be smiling when he’s 35 years old and worth the GDP of many countries?
9 David Spade – 1987 Buick Grand National
David Spade is an actor worth $60 million, and besides the new Joe Dirt, the comedian has been hanging pretty low-key these days. Besides his comedic roles, stand-up, and film/television roles, Spade also has an impressive real estate portfolio that has helped cement his wealth. He recently sold this 1987 Buick Grand National, which he drove all throughout his most famous years, such as when he was hanging out with his best bud, Chris Farley, all the time.
8 Pope Francis – 1984 Renault 4 Hatchback
On a global level, there might not be anyone else on this list that has the fame of Pope Francis. Being the pope, he technically has no wealth, but the whole church he leads over could be worth more than $400 billion, putting him stratospheres above everyone else here. He recently sold his white, signed Lamborghini, and instead opts for this old 1984 Renault hatchback. He was also recently given a Smart car to try to push green driving.
7 Steve Ballmer – Ford Fusion Hybrid
The third billionaire on this list (not counting the pope), is Steve Ballmer. To normal folks, his name might be unrecognizable, but in the tech industry, he is a powerhouse. He was the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014, and he also owns the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. He’s worth $49.1 billion, and yet he drives this bleak Ford Fusion Hybrid, which doesn’t seem very fast or fun. But it gets him from A to B, and that’s all Ballmer needs.
6 Zac Efron – 1999 Oldsmobile Alero
Zac Efron is worth the least out of everyone on this list, but the handsome 31-year-old actor still has $24 million under his belt, which is nothing to scoff at. Efron got famous for his roles in the High School Musical series, and he tends to stay under the radar for the most part. He recently upgraded to a new glossy black Audi, but for the longest time, he was driving this 1999 Oldsmobile Alero, even when he was at the peak of his fame.
5 Cameron Diaz – Toyota Prius
Cameron Diaz was one of the biggest actresses throughout the 2000s. The 46-year-old starred in films such as There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, and more. She’s worth $140 million, but like many other Hollywood celebs, she drives a Prius hybrid. If only actors’ tendencies to drive hybrids could rub off on regular people, maybe we could actually nip the global warming crisis in the bud once and for all. Or at least help.
4 Alfred Morris – 1991 Mazda 626
Alfred Morris may go down as one of the best running backs of this generation, but he still stays humble to his roots. He’s played for the Washington Redskins (2012-2015), the Dallas Cowboys (2016-2017), and the San Francisco 49ers (2018), and is currently in free agency. Despite all the millions he’s made, he still drives this old 1991 Mazda 626, and is quite fond of it, as you can see.
3 Leonardo DiCaprio – Toyota Prius
Leonardo DiCaprio is not only worth $245 million thanks to huge movies like Titanic, The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, and many, many more, but he’s also a huge philanthropist. He seems to care about global warming more than any politicians, as shown by his recent plea to Congress to act on climate change initiatives. And to stay green, he drives a Toyota Prius, like many other Hollywood A-listers.
2 Ludacris – 1993 Acura Legend
Ludacris started off as a popular rapper throughout the late ‘90s and 2000s, but he became a huge movie star after being cast as Tej in the Fast and the Furious franchise, which has garnered over $5 billion between the movies (and has a new one coming up). He’s always driven his 1993 Acura Legend, no matter how famous he’s become, and Acura even glorified it to its original condition for him.
1 Tom Hanks – Fiat 126
Tom Hanks is one of the most famous celebrities on the planet, and the type of actor that everyone seems to like. He’s also worth $350 million, thanks to movies like Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, The Da Vinci Code, and dozens more. For his birthday two years ago, a small Polish town he was visiting came together to buy him this old Fiat 126 as a gift.
References: cbsnews.com, thesun.co.uk, besttennews.com