Okay, perhaps a bit misleading because this guy isn't wandering the slums of a major city with a shopping cart, but he doesn't own a home and only stays in hotels, all his possessions fit into one paper bag, spends hundreds of millions trying to improve global governance, and spends tens of millions buying expensive pieces of art that he then donates to museums around the world. He admits to feeling bored of making money from his business ventures. All in all an interesting sounding cat.
What do you guys think of him/his type?“I am not that attached to material things. And the good thing is I can make choices. I have very few possessions. Luckily, as a man you don’t need much... a few papers, a couple of books, and a few shirts, jackets, sweaters.
“It fits in a little thing, in a paper bag, so it’s very easy.”
Single and childless, Berggruen buys *handmade shirts *monogrammed with his initials, but then wears them until they fall apart.
When he turns up at some of the finest hotels around, including the Carlyle in New York and London’s Claridges, he has no designer luggage. He spend tens of millions buying artworks by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst – then immediately gives them away to museums.
Berggruen has become so wealthy that he made a startling admission last year. In an interview he confessed to be being “bored” of making billions through his business ventures.
He has been busy giving away a chunk of his fortune.
The startling life change began 12 years ago, though Berggruen has never said what the exact trigger was.
He claimed others bought luxury goods to make them feel “human” and adds: “I felt I was owned by *possessions. Possessing things is not that interesting. Living in a grand environment to show myself and others that I have wealth has zero appeal.