The 20 most common hobbies of the richest people in the world

Tanza Loudenback
Tuesday 04 July 2017 13:57

When rich people have free time, they have the means for extravagant hobbies, whether it's collecting classic cars or jet-setting across the globe. But the most common hobby they pursue isn't a gaudy display of wealth — it's philanthropy.

In a new report from Wealth-X, a market research firm that focuses on ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals, we get a peek at the top passions, interests, and hobbies of people with $30 million or more in assets.

Philanthropy proved the most popular hobby, with more than one-third of the world's wealthiest people pursuing charitable activities. This generosity comes as no surprise, though, thanks to the rise in recognition of endeavors such as The Giving Pledge, a promise started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes during their lifetime.

The second most popular interest among this group is watching, playing, and investing in sports, including tennis, golf, skiing, American football, and most of all, soccer, according to Wealth-X.

From art and fashion to hunting and fishing, read on to see the 20 most common hobbies and passions of the wealthiest of the wealthy: the world's billionaires — culled from Wealth-X's 2016 billionaire census — as well as the percentage of billionaires who participate in each.

20. Skiing — 7.2%

19. Watches — 7.7%

18. Fishing — 7.8%

17. Jewelry — 8.1%

16. Hunting — 8.8%

15. Dining — 10.9%

 Uber founder Travis Kalanick cooks broccoli

14. Golf — 11%

President Donald Trump golfing

13. Cultural events — 12.1%

Virgin chairman Richard Branson celebrates Virgin Atlantic's expansion into India in Mumbai

12. Reading — 12.3%

11. Football/soccer — 13.1%

10. Collectibles — 14.1%

9. Automobiles — 14.5%

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV

8. Health and exercise — 14.8%

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg loves to run

7. Boating — 14.9%

6. Wine and spirits — 15.9%

5. Politics — 22.2%

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg served 12 years as mayor of New York City

4. Fashion and style — 25.2%

3. Art — 28.7%

2. Travel — 31%

Richard Branson poses alongside Virgin Australia staff

1. Philanthropy — 56.3%

Bill and Melinda Gates are renowned for their commitment to philanthropy and their charitable work through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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