Inside Kanye West’s life as a king: flushing $1 million on gold plated toilets, $34k diamond skulls and nearly $200K a year on haircuts

THEY say money can’t buy you happiness, but as billionaire Kanye West knows, it can pretty much buy you anything else… from $750k (£540k) solid gold toilets to $500 (£360) daily haircuts.

The rapper – who is currently in the process of a bitter divorce from wife Kim Kardashian – could be set to see his wealth top $6.6billion according to recent reports.

Kanye is known for his love of the finer things in life, and he's also very generous with gifts for his nearest and dearest

Kanye is known for his love of the finer things in life, and he’s also very generous with gifts for his nearest and dearest
Kanye, 43, who has four kids with Kim, has racked up an estimated $3.7bn (approximately £2.6bn) from his fashion brand Yeezy and a $1bn line with Gap, as well as $1.7bn (£1.2bn) in shares in Kim’s underwear range SKIMS.

He also boasts a music catalogue worth an estimated $110m (£79m), according to Bloomberg.

Kanye has built up a vast fortune - which means he's prone to some very outlandish purchases

Kanye has built up a vast fortune – which means he’s prone to some very outlandish purchasesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
And with great wealth, comes a very luxurious lifestyle, and the chance to make some VERY extravagant purchases. Here we take a closer look at what Kanye has chosen to spend his billions on…

$90m property empire

Kanye and Kim lived together in Hollywood's Hidden Hills neighbourhood

Kanye and Kim lived together in Hollywood’s Hidden Hills neighbourhoodCredit: Zillow
It goes without saying, the first thing you purchase when you become an internationally renowned superstar, is a flash mansion to live in – or five.

The star’s property portfolio includes a $60m (£33m) Hollywood mansion, boasting eight-bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and a pool Kim confessed to never using.

The pair also snapped up two neighbouring properties to increase their land to an impressive eight acres.

Kanye’s property portfolio also boasts two ranches worth $28m (£20m) out in Wyoming, including a $14m (£11m) property with a restaurant, a saloon, an event building, at least ten cabins, a mountain range, and two private lakes.

Kanye owns two ranches in Wyoming, with endless space and nature to enjoy

Kanye owns two ranches in Wyoming, with endless space and nature to enjoyCredit: refer to caption

Feeling flush & splashing out $750m on gold toilets

Even celebrities encounter the call of nature, so of course it only makes sense the ‘flush’ rapper would splurge $750k (£540k) on four gold-plated toilets when he initially moved into his Bel Air mansion back in 2013 -which is said to be where Kim will continue to live with the kids after their divorce.

The thrones – fit for a rap king – aren’t the only extravagant purchases the pair made around the house either.

They reportedly also splashed out on a Swarovski encrusted fridge, and Louis Vuitton wheelie bins.

The couple reportedly splashed out on gold toilets - pictured here is the world's most expensive gold toilet, costing a whopping $5m

The couple reportedly splashed out on gold toilets – pictured here is the world’s most expensive gold toilet, costing a whopping $5mCredit: Alpha France

Kanye reportedly has Louis Vuitton wheelie bins

Kanye reportedly has Louis Vuitton wheelie binsCredit: Snapchat

Everything but the ($25k) bathroom sink

In one of the biggest mysteries of 2019, Kanye and Kim managed to baffle fans with their very unique basin-free bathroom sink.

The state of the art sinks are estimated to have cost around $25k

The state of the art sinks are estimated to have cost around $25kCredit: Refer to Caption
After Kim gave a tour of their minimalist home, people were left wondering where the water went when the taps were switched on.

The works of art were said to have been designed by Kanye with the help of specialists, and are estimated to have cost a staggering $25k (£18k).

$34k diamond-encrusted skull

Generous Kanye doesn’t just splurge on gold items for himself – he also likes to spoil his pals too.

For example, he treated Jay-Z to a rather unique father’s day present when he first became a dad to Blue Ivy in 2012 – a $34k (£24k) skull covered in 24-karat gold and over 1,000 red topaz gemstones.

Kanye hand delivered the skull gift

Kanye hand delivered the skull giftCredit: Lion & Sons

Kanye treated Jay-Z to what every new father needs - a gold plated, gemstone embellished skull

Kanye treated Jay-Z to what every new father needs – a gold plated, gemstone embellished skullCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Not content with getting a courier to drop the package off, Kanye got a private jet so he could drop the handmade gift from Lions & Sons off to the rap mogul.

$7m engagement rings… and dad hologram

If Kanye is that generous with his mates, you could imagine his loved ones are lavished with gifts – and you’d be right.

In happier times, Kanye showered mother of his children Kim with expensive diamonds including two engagement rings, worth $7m (£5m).

Kim had not one but two engagement rings

Kim had not one but two engagement ringsCredit: Splash News

Kanye bought this neon Mercedes truck for Kim, which matches one of her sister Kylie's cars

Kanye bought this neon Mercedes truck for Kim, which matches one of her sister Kylie’s carsCredit: Instagram/kimkardashian
She also received a $1m (£750k) ‘push present’ after the birth of Saint in 2015 – a glitzy Lorraine Schwartz choker.

Among her other gifts was a hand-painted Hermes Birkin bag, worth at least $40k (£31k) and a $200k (£147k) neon 4×4 truck.

Among the slightly more bizarre gifts, last year Kanye surprised Kim with a hologram of her father – who died in 2003 – for her birthday.

Kanye gifted Kim this hand-painted designer bag, worth around £30k

Kanye gifted Kim this hand-painted designer bag, worth around £30kCredit: Splash

One of his more 'unusual' gifts was a hologram of Kim's dad for her birthday

One of his more ‘unusual’ gifts was a hologram of Kim’s dad for her birthdayCredit: Refer to Caption

Shrewd investments… in Burger King and Netflix

As wedding presents go, Kanye opted for a rather unique gift for Kim before their nuptials – reportedly buying her 10 branches of Burger King.

For one Christmas he also bought her hundreds of thousands of pounds in stocks and shares.

Kim was delighted with the unusual gift, which saw her own a stake in popular brands such as Disney, Apple, Amazon, Adidas and Netflix.

£131k a year on hair cuts

Kanye takes pride in his appearance and is happy to pay top dollar for grooming

Kanye takes pride in his appearance and is happy to pay top dollar for groomingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
When Kanye went on tour with Rihanna in 2008, her dad Ronald Fenty revealed Kanye got a haircut from his barber every day, costing $500 (£360) a pop – which works out at about $182k (£131k) a year.

In 2010, he revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show he’d replaced his bottom teeth with a diamond and gold encrusted grill, saying nonchalantly: “I just thought that diamonds were cooler.”

Kanye ensured his smile was always sparkling - by adding diamonds

Kanye ensured his smile was always sparkling – by adding diamondsCredit: NBC

Yeezy does it

Of course, it’s well known you have to spend money to make money, and Kanye is no stranger to splashing the cash to ensure his career continues to be successful.

In 2016 Kanye insisted his Yeezy fashion show was to be held at Madison Square Garden, costing over $125,000 (£100k) just to rent out.

The Yeezy fashion show in 2016 saw Kanye spend £100k on the venue

The Yeezy fashion show in 2016 saw Kanye spend £100k on the venueCredit: AP:Associated Press
Kanye has also created some of the most expensive music videos in the world.

On the list of the 50 most expensive videos ever, Kanye is featured twice – at number 30 for Stronger – which cost $1.2m (£865k) – and Touch the Sky, which cost $1m (£750k).

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