Published: Sep 11, 2015
Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis
Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, January 1, 1970
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Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, is known for his frugality, living in the same unostentatious Omaha home he bought in the 1950s and driving himself around in an ordinary American car (albeit a Cadillac).

Sam Walton, the late billionaire co-founder of Wal-Mart, also lived comfortably, but without all the showy toys he could easily have afforded. “Why do I drive a pickup truck?” he asked in his autobiography. “What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls-Royce?”

But there’s frugal, and then there’s cheap.

Here are 10 famous figures who seem to have crossed the line between admirably frugal and abominably stingy. Some hoarded their money and denied themselves and their families even the most common of comforts. Others lived lavishly, sparing nothing on their own pleasures—while sticking other people with the bill whenever possible.

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