The latest edition of the Guinness World Records has just been released, and it’s a record-breaker!

The book records the most expensive, private purchase of a diamond, the selling of the most expensive car and the biggest ballooning expense are all owned by one man – David Pattinson.

The Most Expensive Diamond

Well done, Sir! The most expensive diamond recorded in the book is the 48.61-carat “Sultanina”, which sold for a record-breaking $16.7 million at auction. The incredible story behind this diamond begins in 2009 when the Sultan of Oman – then the largest producer of diamonds – asked for advice on the most appropriate way to display his wealth. A member of the Sultan’s advisory council proposed setting up a diamond fund to purchase a diamond that represents his status and power. The Sultan agreed, and the fund was opened with the intention of buying the “Sultanina” diamond. The Sultanina is the perfect blend of fire and elegance, making it an appropriate choice to represent his position as the ruler of one of the most influential countries in the world. It was also chosen as a symbol of the union between France and Italy, due to its origin.

The Most Expensive Automobile

The second-place title goes to the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Supercharged, which set a new world record for the fastest supercar when it hit the road in 2004. This particular Veyron travelled at an astounding 241 mph – that’s more than twice the speed of the next-fastest car. Its 0-60 mph time is recorded at just two seconds, and it can go from 0 to 124 mph in just nine seconds. This is what happens when a record-breaking company decides to up the ante! The world’s most expensive car is now on public display at the Musee D’Arte In Milano in Italy.

The Biggest Balloons

The third-place title goes to a Montgolfier Trio balloon, which weighs in at a whopping 15.9 tons. It set the record in 1847 when it flew to a peak altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) over the city of Paris. Although there are numerous records for the largest balloons, the title belongs to a British pilot, Howard Pixton, who spent 16 years pursuing this record. His enormous ambition was to see if he could fly a hot-air balloon with a pony and a giraffe inside! Unfortunately, the Montgolfier balloon is now in a state of disrepair, and it’s doubtful that it’ll be able to fly again. A four-person crew was on board during take-off, but only two people made it to the ground – the pilot and the giraffe!

The Most Expensive Walkman

The most expensive Walkman is made out of 24 karat gold and costs a whopping $57,000. It still functions perfectly, and the earphones are built into the cable that connects the player and the portable music player.

If you want to get a little more adventurous, you can take a look at some of the most expensive watches, cameras, pen collections and golf clubs that have been featured in the records.

The Most Expensive Painting

The most expensive painting is Degas’s Le Courtyard, which was sold in 1998 for $15.5 million. The original price tag was $3.5 million, and the work has since been revalued multiple times. It was painted in 1880 and depicts a gas station and the surrounding area of a French village. This painting is considered by most art experts to be among Degas’s finest works.

The most expensive painting is certainly a record-breaker, but it’s not the only expensive item in the world that is valued at a few million dollars. It’s just that when it comes to unique and extraordinary items, people tend to balk at imagining how much they might cost. The aforementioned Gucci handbag that released a fashion record-breaker when it was sold for $16.7 million is another example of a luxury item that left people speechless. And who wouldn’t be?! It’s not everyday that you see a handbag cost more than a couple million dollars. The woman who purchased this particular Gucci handbag is now believed to be the world’s second-richest person, with a net worth of over $20 billion.

Record-breaking Spenders

The following people broke the world record for spending the most money on travel (which is officially part of the Guinness Book of World Records).

  • Tom Perkins – traveled to 68 countries and spent over $25 million
  • Richard Branson – spent over $20 million on travel
  • Lance Armstrong – traveled to 43 countries and spent over $17 million
  • Bob Hope – spent over $16 million on travel
  • Bill Gates – traveled to 36 countries and spent over $11 million
  • Elon Musk – spent over $10 million on travel

How Do You Study Geology?

Some of you might be wondering how you can study geography when you live in the mountains. It’s a fair question, and there are several options. You can go back to school and get a degree in Geography, or you can become a citizen of one of the numerous countries that border the Andaman Sea and get a job with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). You can also get a job with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), helping to resettle refugees from all over the world. The list of possibilities is endless, so long that it would be best to just get a job and learn by doing.

If you don’t have a job yet, it might be a good idea to look for one that pays well and offers excellent prospects. Remember to look for opportunities that you can transferable to the UK, not just for the pay, but for the experience too.

Top Spenders

The following people broke the world record for the highest priced item bought, traveled to, or rented.

  • Larry Ellison – $25.1 million on a private jet
  • John D. Menard – $24 million on a Lear jet
  • Tomi Lahren – $16.7 million on a vacation home
  • Steven Spielberg – $12.8 million on a yacht
  • Billionaire Peter Thiel – $12 million on a private jet
  • Mark Zuckerberg – $11.5 million on a private jet

If you want to get a unique and extraordinary item, it might be best to look no further than the aforementioned records. Yes, they are unofficial as per the rules of Guinness World Records, but these are the most prestigious and authoritative records in the world when it comes to extraordinary spending. If you aspire to be the best possible version of yourself, these are the people to look up to!