Mark Zuckerberg in a gold chain and T-shirt at his birthday party.

Mark Zuckerberg turned 40 this week.The Meta CEO hung out with Bill Gates in recreations of his old bedrooms for his birthday bash.Zuckerberg isn’t the only billionaire to celebrate with a lavish — and slightly bizarre — party.

Mark Zuckerberg marked turning 40 this week by channeling his inner Eminem, squeezing into recreations of his old bedrooms, and hanging out with Bill Gates.

The Meta CEO isn’t the first billionaire to celebrate his birthday with a lavish — albeit slightly bizarre — party.

The ultrawealthy’s penchant for the weird and wild was even parodied several times on HBO drama “Succession,” most notably in a season three episode where Jeremy Strong’s Kendall Roy hosts an over-the-top bash featuring an enormous replica of his mother’s birth canal and a kids-only version of the Wu-Tang Clan.

From Zuckerberg to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, here are a few examples of how some of the world’s richest people celebrate their special day.

Mark Zuckerberg showed there’s a reason for the “mid-life crisis” trope.

Zuckerberg donned a gold chain and an oversized T-shirt featuring the Latin phrase “Carthago delenda est” to celebrate the start of his fifth decade on Earth.

At what the billionaire Meta CEO described as a “little party” on Instagram, his wife Priscilla Chan arranged for him and various guests — including Microsoft cofounder Gates — to hang out in tiny replicas of his bedrooms over the years.

There are also signs that Zuck extended the celebrations to his new superyacht called Launchpad.

Jeff Bezos invited dozens of A-listers to his 60th in Beverley Hills.
Jeff Bezos didn’t participate in his neighborhood trash cleanup day.

Earlier this year, the world’s second-richest person celebrated his 60th birthday with a lavish bash at his Beverley Hills mansion, which featured a replica of Bezos’s first Amazon office.

Page Six reported that Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Ivanka Trump, Kim Kardashian, and Gates were among the guests who attended the party. Partygoers were served McDonald’s and caviar, and Usher and the Black Eyed Peas both performed at the bash.

Bill Gates knows how to party, too.

In addition to attending Zuckerberg and Bezos’s birthdays, Gates has hosted lavish events of his own.

In 2021, the Microsoft cofounder celebrated turning 66 by hosting guests, including Bezos, on a $300,000-a-day rental yacht in Turkey before taking them by helicopter to an elite beach club.

Blackstone boss Stephen Schwarzman splashed millions on his 60th.
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman

Schwarzman, the private-equity billionaire with a penchant for $400 crabs, spent $5 million on a party held at the Upper-East Side’s Park Avenue Armory in 2007, per The New York Times.

Rod Stewart and Patti LaBelle both performed at the do, which drew criticism as an example of unnecessary Wall Street excess.

India’s Ambanis tend to host massive family events.

Mukesh Ambani is Asia’s richest man — and that shouldn’t be a surprise when you see how his family celebrates big occasions.

Ambani’s wife Nita hosted a lavish 50th birthday bash back in 2013 that cost an astonishing $26 billion, per GQ. The Ambanis hired a palace, chartered dozens of private planes, and paid Priyanka Chopra Jonas and “Slumdog Millionaire” score composer A.R. Rahman to perform at the event.

Blue Ivy Carter may have had the most lavish first birthday party ever.
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s oldest child Blue Ivy, at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

To celebrate their daughter turning 1, Jay-Z and Beyoncé held a massive princess-themed party in New York — and gave her a one-of-a-kind, diamond-encrusted $80,000 Barbie as a gift.

XXL Magazine reported that the celebration cost $200,000 overall, with guests being given goodie bags that included concert tickets and gold pens.

A Japanese tycoon hired Palermo’s opera house for a party last year.

Eccentric Japanese billionaire Kaoru Nakajima flew thousands of friends halfway across the world to Sicily for his birthday party last year, BBC News reported.

Nakajima hired out Palermo’s iconic opera house, as well as several other venues in the city, for an event believed to have cost hundreds of thousands of euros.

The Sultan of Brunei’s 50th birthday celebration featured Prince Charles and Michael Jackson.

Hassanal Bolkiah, who’s ruled the tiny and but oil-rich southeast Asian nation since 1967, hosted one of the most expensive birthday parties of all time for his 50th in 1996.

The two-week event, which reportedly cost $27 million, included a polo match between the Sultan and Prince Charles and a concert for 60,000 people headlined by Michael Jackson.

Spare a thought for Elon Musk, though.

The Tesla CEO doesn’t appear to share other tech tycoons’ love of partying.

In 2018, Musk said that rather than celebrating with friends and family, he’d spent the entirety of his 47th birthday holed up at Tesla’s offices overseeing production of the delayed Model 3 sedan.

He did find time in 2022 to attend Heidi Klum’s Halloween bash in New York City, however.

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