World Economic Forum's annual meeting of the minds — and money — is held in Davos, Switzerland, every January. The week-long international business conference invites world leaders and business magnates like Bill and Melinda Gates and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff to discuss the world's most pressing social, political, and economic issues.
Every last weekend in January, St. Moritz turns into the world capital of polo: Since 1985, when snow polo had its world premiere here, teams from around the world compete for the coveted Cartier Trophy on the frozen lake of St. Moritz.
The biggest sporting event in the US happens every February, marking the end of the football season and the final face-off between the champions of the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. More than 111 million television viewers watched this year's game — the 50th anniversary of the franchise — while deep-pocketed fans cheered from the stands.
Formerly known as the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, Yachts Miami Beachtakes place annually in February as a showcase of the world's most beautiful, over-the-top yachts — as well as their billionaire owners — gathered on more than 1.2 million square feet of water.
The Head of the River Race (HORR) is an against-the-clock ('processional') rowing race held annually on the River Thames in London, England between eights, other such races being the Schools' Head of the River Race, Women's Head of the River Race and Veterans' Head of the River Race. Its competitors are, with a few experienced junior exceptions, seniors of UK or overseas competitors and it runs with the ebb tide down the 4.25 mile (6.8 km) Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney which hosts the Oxford and Cambridge head-to-head races usually between one and two weeks later.
Founded and hosted by the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai World Cup is held at the Meydan Racecourse annually in March. The "world's richest race day" counts $30 million in prize money and doubles as a coveted fashion event. The Jaguar Style Stakes award the event's best-dressed men, women, and couples for their creativity, flair, and presentation.
One of four major golf championships held annually, the US Masters takes place in April at the world-renowned Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. The tournament has been an exclusive event since its inception 80 years ago and is attended by America's richest residents, including the club's two wealthiest members, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
The world’s richest people spend much of their time working to earn their fortunes. But they also make time for fun, and that often includes making appearances at some of the world’s most exclusive events.
The Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este is an annual showcase of 50 of the world’s most beautiful cars built from the 1920s to the 1980s, held on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como.
The event is sponsored by BMW, which presents one car owner with the Best in Show award every year. In 2013, that honour went to noted American clothing designer Ralph Lauren — who commands a US$5.2 billion fortune — for his 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic.
For 142 years, legendary racetrack Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, has been the site of the Kentucky Derby, "the most exciting two minutes in sports." Wealthy and prominent attendees from British royalty to US politicians to high-profile entertainment and sports stars attend each May and take part in Derby Day'sstoried traditions like sipping on Mint Juleps and wearing oversized, extravagant hats.
One-third of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious auto races in the world, held each May along the French Riviera in Monte Carlo.
Monaco’s royal family is a mainstay at the Formula One world championship, as is Mansour Akram Ojjeh, the CEO of TAG Group, a huge player in luxury aviation and motorsports. Ojjeh, whose fortune stands at nearly US$2 billion, invested millions in McLaren Technology and was instrumental in founding the McLaren Formula One team.
The Cartier Queen’s Cup is a 22-goal polo tournament held annually at the start of summer at the Guards Polo Club in England. It’s reportedly “the jewel in the crown of the British polo season.” The multi-week event culminates each year with namesake Queen Elizabeth II presenting the winner with the silver cup.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai businessman worth US$1.6 billion who owns travel retail group King Power, attends the event each year. In 2016, his team King Power Foxes took home the Queen’s Cup.
The International Paris Air Show, one of the world’s earliest air shows, is put on each year by the French Aerospace Industries Association. It’s a showcase of more than 150 aircraft displaying the latest in aerospace technology to over 350,000 attendees.
Don’t be shocked if you see billionaire Elon Musk milling the grounds. The CEO of SpaceX, who’s worth an estimated US$15.6 billion, partnered up with Boeing and NASA in 2014 to develop an aircraft that will bring astronauts to the International Space Station.
Polo lovers travel from all corners of the world for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup, reportedly “the most important single, polo tournament played outside Argentina.” It’s held in West Sussex, England, each year at Cowdray Park Polo Club and determines the winners of the British Open title.
Australian media magnate James Packer, who’s worth US$4.1 billion, has played at the club with polo horses he raised at his family’s stables in South America and Australia.
Royal Ascot is the premiere racing event in Great Britain. The top racehorses in the world, along with their wealthy owners and sponsors, compete in front of the royal family, exclusive invite-only guests, and anyone else that can afford the ticket. A strict dress code is enforced for all guests — and ladies must wear hats.Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister of United Arab Emirates, is a frequent attendee. With a fortune topping US$5 billion, Al Maktoum is the owner of numerous thoroughbred race horses and stables around the world. He’s also the founder of the Dubai Cup, a horse racing event in the United Arab Emirates.
Bilderberg Conference is an annual private meeting of about 150 European and North American elites, including some of the smartest — and richest — people in politics, finance, academia, and the media.
The three-day forum first took place in 1954 in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, at Hotel De Bilderberg to increase idea-sharing and dialogue between the world’s superpowers. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose fortune is close to US$80 billion, has previously attended the event, which changes its invitee list annually.
Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and takes place in London annually in July. With players donning stark white tennis attire and guests dressing to impress, the sports event is unique in its focus on elegance at all levels.
Jorge Lemann, a savvy Brazilian investor worth US$26.6 billion, attends Wimbledon each year. After graduating from Harvard in 1961, Lemann competed at Wimbledon himself during a two-year stint playing tennis on the international circuit.
It’s probably the only sporting event where you will see David Beckham, Bradley Cooper, and Anna Wintour sitting side by side.
Major international soccer tournaments are a favorite among the billionaire set. The European Championship, which like the World Cup is held once every four years, took place in France this summer in June and July, with Portugal coming out on top with its final win over France in the final. Some billionaires express their love for the 'beautiful game' by purchasing top-flight Europe clubs — Russian magnate Roman Abramovich owns Chelsea and real estate tycoon Stan Kroenke owns Arsenal, two of the best from the Barclays Premier League.
Burning Man runs from the end of August to the beginning of September in Nevada’s vast Black Rock Desert, where tens of thousands of festival-goers gather for a week of holistic living and artistic expression.
Facebook cofounder and Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz, who’s worth $13.4 billion, is a regular attendee. In 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly flew in for a day to join his friend on “the playa,” as it’s known.
The Summer Olympics happens only once every for years and remains one of the most anticipated international events in the world. The 2016 Summer Olympicskicked off on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where more than 10,500 athletes from 208 countries met to compete for the gold. Though the Olympic stadiums are typically star-studded, Rio's safety and health concerns deterred many celebrities and dignitaries from attending this year, including the British royal family.
Yacht aficionados flock to the French Riviera each year to explore over 500 exhibits — from small charter boats to over-200-feet super yachts — at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. The millionaire and billionaire owners of the super yachts throw exclusive parties with world-class DJs to celebrate the occasion.
The Singapore Grand Prix, which takes place every September, is a part of the FIA Formula One motor races that attract the most elite driving clubs and their wealthy fans. The Amber Lounge party and fashion show accompanies the Grand Prix, garnering attendees like Prince Harry, Bono, and other celebrities that billionaires like to hobnob with.
Once a year, on the 31st December an abundance of the world’s most magnificent yachts and their owners and charterers descend on the tiny Caribbean island of St Barts for one of the world’s most glamorous New Year’s Eve celebrations. With the last firework and the last musical beat resounding across the island, party-goers are already in anticipation for what next year has to offer.