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Amazing toys of billionaires

Last updated on: February 29, 2012 10:42 IST

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Billionaires have it all - from supercars to exotic islands to coolest toys.

Here we take a look at some of the best toys billionaires have, according to CNBC.

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Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, designed by Volkswagen, holds two world titles: It's the most expensive car at $1.25 million and it's the fastest road-legal car in the world.

Named after French race-car driver Pierre Veyron, this car can go from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The Super Sport edition can reach a top speed of 267 mph, and is Guiness-certified as the fastest car on the road.

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Submarine

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is a billionaire who knows how to do it with style: He owns his own island, Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, and to better explore her waters, he bought a submarine.

The "Necker Nymph," as it's called, looks like something out of a James Bond movie and does resemble a plane. It's a smooth ride, with an open cockpit, which allows for a nearly 360-degree view.

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The Batmobile

The Batmobile from the 1992 movie Batman Returns is owned by Chick-fil-A founder S Truett Cathy, who bought the car for a cool $250,000.

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The world's biggest yacht

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who built his fortune by investing in everything from black-market goods to pig farms, has at least four yachts, which has been dubbed, "The Abramovich Navy".

One of those is the world's biggest yacht, the Eclipse, which clocks in at 533 feet, with a price tag of nearly $1.2 billion.

It has two helicopter pads, 11 guest cabins, not one but two swimming pools, an exterior fireplace, a dance hall and a missile-detection system.

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Da Vinci's notebook

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the richest man in America, owns one of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks.

Known as the "Leicester Codex," Gates bought the notebook at an auction in 1994 for $30.8 million, the most expensive book ever sold.

The book contains Da Vinci's scientific musings on everything from why fossils can be found on mountains to the movement of water and the luminosity of the moon.

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WWII planes

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's arsenal of toys also contains some non high-tech wonders: He collects and restores World War II planes.

He's got 20 of the planes so far, including a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a Curtiss 40C Tomahawk and the Polikarpov U-2/Po-2.

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A castle

Castles have been turned into everything from museums to hotels but many are privately owned, including the Chateau de Farcheville, a 14th century castle in Bouville near Paris, which is currently on sale for $57 million.

It has 15 bedrooms, its own hunting grounds and a helipad.

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Private fire brigade

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, has some pretty cool toys. But one of the coolest things he's got at his $100 million Skywalker Ranch near Nicasio, California, is his own fire brigade.

The Skywalker Ranch Fire Brigade has 12 full-time firefighters, plus a few volunteers, and two fire trucks.

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A fighter jet

Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin own a fighter jet.

It's a Dornier Alpha Jet, which is classified as a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft. The jet is equipped with scientific instruments for missions for Nasa.

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A spaceship

The space race is going private and billionaires including Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Virgin's Richard Branson have their own spaceships.

Bezos's space venture, called Blue Origin, has a ship called "New Shepard," which is cone-shaped with rockets on the bottom, so it takes off and lands vertically.

Branson's space company, Virgin Galactic, is also still in the testing phase and recently completed the first manned flight of its VSS Enterprise spaceship, which looks like a space shuttle with its jet-like body.

The ship is 60 feet long and the cabin is 90 inches in diameter.

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