A 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo is Bill Gates' first car he 'splurged on' after founding Microsoft in 1975 | Source: Getty Images

The Billionaire Garage: Inside the Motoring Collection of Bill Gates

With a net worth of over A$181 billion, Bill Gates has access to some of the most extrinsic supercars and hypercars in the world. And, while the self-proclaimed philanthropist and well-known software developer is better known for his mega-superyachts and rumoured billionaire bunkers, it seems the Microsoft founder is a Porsche enthusiast. His 66,000-square-foot mansion in Medina, Washington, estimated to be worth around A$179 million, features a 20-car garage built into the hillside. Inside, his motoring collection you will find unique Porsche models featuring the all-electric Porsche Taycan and a limited edition Ferrari. Here is a look at some of the best cars from his private collection.

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo

A 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo is Bill Gates’ first car he ‘splurged on’ after founding Microsoft in 1975. Gates used the car as a regular commute to the company when it was originally based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gates apparently kept the car into the 1990s before it was auctioned in Austria in 2012 selling just over A$110,000.

1988 Porsche 959

In 1987, Bill Gates acquired one of only 337 of the rare Porsche 959. Among the most technologically advanced cars in the world in the ’80s, unfortunately for Bill Gates, the car was only made on European shores. As such, he had trouble importing his beloved Porsche due to emissions regulations with the car reportedly sitting in customs for ten years. Eventually, Gates got ahold of the car which he owns to this day. With so few Porsche 959’s available, one of the powerful twin-turbo sportscars apparently sold for A$2.7 million in 2017.

Porsche Taycan

The all-electric Taycan is another Porsche in Bill Gates car collection. Officially launching in 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the four-door sedan was designed to rival Tesla’s Model S. With prices starting at A$208,000 for the turbo, the sports cruiser was hardly an extravagant indulgence for the Billionaire. Gates reportedly caused a stir for buying a rival electric car to Elon Musk’s Tesla, although he later named Tesla as ‘one company that’s helped drive’ electric vehicles.

1990 Ferrari 348

Another rare ride inside Bill Gates car collection is the 1990 Ferrari 348 which cost the businessman approximately A$138,000 at the time. This particular prancing horse enjoyed a six-year run from 1989–1995 with the Italian automaker producing just 8,000 units. The last Ferrari to pack a V8 clearly appealed to the billionaire with his car reportedly becoming known as the ‘Gates dune buggy’ as he frequently drove it in the sand.

1989 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet 964

Continuing his love for Porsche, Gates spent almost A$83,000 in 1990 to add another Italian sportscar model to his collection. The pristine sports car is famous for being the last Porsche model to feature a removable Targa roof. The Porsche goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds and up to 262kph – speed and light handling are clearly a preference for the businessman.

1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

You guessed it, it’s another Porsche. This time it’s a Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible worth A$105,000 when it first reached the market. The popular sports car combines the same stunning Porsche design style that Bill Gates appreciates and the state-of-the-art auto engineering of the time. The Porsche engine produces almost 300 bhp and features the best of 1990’s technology – ABS brakes, a sunroof, air conditioning, power windows, leather seats and power door locks.

Jaguar XJ6 Series III

Bill Gates is also fond of vintage luxury and invested his wealth into this iconic Jaguar – an epitome of exquisite luxury comfort meets well-designed power. The A$102,000 car hides a big 5.3 L Jaguar V12 engine under the hood and an all leather, with Vanden Plas spec interior. Widely produced between 1979 and 1992, this isn’t the rarest car in the Gates collection, however, it’s one of the most elegant.

You can read more about the electric Porsche Taycan or learn about the best Ferrari Classics.

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