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Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:45:00 GMT | By Julie Bort, Business Insider
Odd ways tycoons spend their money

From anti-aging research to fake meat, these moguls have some interesting side projects.



Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. (© Robert Galbraith/Reuters; Vegard Grott/Scanpix/Reuters; Richard Brian/Reuters)
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  • Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. (© Robert Galbraith/Reuters; Vegard Grott/Scanpix/Reuters; Richard Brian/Reuters)
  • Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. (© Fred Prouser/Reuters)
  • Bill Gates speaks at a seminar in Oslo, Jan. 22, 2012. (© Vegard Grott/Scanpix/Reuters)
  • Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., speaks during a Bloomberg BusinessWeek 'Captains of Industry' event, April 17, 2011. (© Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
  • Google founder Sergey Brin poses for a portrait wearing Google Glass glasses. (© Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Jan. 15, 2013. (© Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
  • Amazon.com Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos on Nov. 29, 2012. (© Richard Brian/Reuters)
  • Chairman and CEO of Dell Inc. Michael Dell on Oct. 25, 2012. (© Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
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If you'd founded a tech company worth billions of dollars, what would you do with your cash? That's a high-class problem faced by the moguls on this list. Naturally, many of them buy expensive things, like cars, houses, planes — even islands. But even if you're Larry Ellison, with a seemingly endless appetite for that stuff, there comes a time when you want to do more.

Maybe it's solving the world's problems, or just indulging in a geeky fantasy. Click through to find out how these tycoons decided to spend their fortunes.

* All funds in USD.

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