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Elvis Presley used to make $1 million per performance, but by the time he passed away his fortune was just $5 million. Elvis loved to spend his money– he had a collection of more than 200 cars including pink Cadillacs and customized Lincoln limousines, his Memphis mansion called Graceland is the second most visited property in the US, and he would spend thousands of dollars on friends, family and charities. He would spend his free time playing with his pet chimpanzee, Scatter, enjoying his luxurious Potomac yacht that once belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt, and relaxing at one of his California mansions. He would even rent out Libertyland, his favorite amusement park, book up entire hotels and even have his suite decorated to remind him of his Graceland home. There’s no doubt that Elvis liked to live the good life– his family was poor before he became famous and he definitely took advantage of his newfound fortune.
Elvis’s net worth dwindled over time as he spent more and more and went through a costly divorce with Priscilla Presely. But she helped to grow his fortune after his passing, turning his last million dollars into over $100 million with unreleased songs and turning Graceland into a museum. The second-floor where Elvis’s master suite is located is still kept super secret– but celebrities like Nicolas Cage have reportedly gotten a tour of Elvis’s most private rooms. Click play to find out more about the King of Rock and Roll’s most extravagant purchases.
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00:35 Memphis estate and California mansions
02:30 A collection of 200 cars and a luxury yacht
05:08 His strangest purchases– from a pet monkey to tons of firecrackers
05:58 How Elvis became a phenomenon”