Each year, Forbes magazine compiles a list of the world’s wealthiest people. While awaiting the release of the 2006 list, which will be published in March, ForbesAutos.com wanted to give you a look at the vehicles driven by the billionaires at the top of the 2005 list. Check back in March when we update this list to reflect the Top 10 ranking for 2006.

The cars and trucks driven by those in the Top 10 of the 2005 Forbes list was, in short, shocking. You won’t find a Bugatti, Ferrari or BMW driven by these billionaires. But you will find a Lincoln, a Mazda, even a Dodge and Ford. It seems that for the super-rich, a vehicle is seen not as a status symbol, but as a means to an end in which to get from point A to point B. Status is something that these billionaires need not prove to others. In many cases, the people on our list prefer to live inconspicuously, avoiding the limelight at all costs. This might explain why many of their vehicles cost less than your own daily driver.

William Gates III

  • Net Worth: $46.5 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 1999 Porsche 911 Convertible; 1988 Porsche 959 Coupe

Warren Buffett

  • Net Worth: $44 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 2001 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

  • Net Worth:$23.7 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: Infiniti FX45; Hummer H1; Volvo XC90; Rolls-Royce Phantom; Daewoo Matiz

Ingvar Kamprad

  • Net Worth: $23 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 1993 Volvo 240 GL

Paul Allen

  • Net Worth: $21 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 1988 Porsche 959 Coupe; 1988 Mazda B-Series Pickup

Lawrence Ellison

  • Net Worth: $18.4 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 2006 Bentley Flying Spur; Bentley Continental GT

Jim Walton

  • Net Worth: $18.2 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 2002 Dodge Dakota Pickup; 2000 Acura Integra; 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport; 1999 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup; 1959 Cadillac

Alice Walton

  • Net Worth: $18 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch

Michael Dell

  • Net Worth: $16 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 2004 Porsche Boxster; 2005 Hummer H2

Steven Ballmer

  • Net Worth: $12.1 billion
  • Vehicles Owned: 1998 Lincoln Continental

Source: Forbes Autos

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