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5 Rich & Famous People with Surprising Hobbies

Being rich and famous can open many doors. It also gives you the chance to indulge in your favorite hobbies. For some celebrities, this means flying planes or collecting exotic cars. But some take part in more surprising hobbies. Here are just five examples.

Pete Waterman: Model Railways

The record producer who brought Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, and others to the charts in the 1980s is one of the highest-profile model railway builders in the UK. He compares the attention to detail, research, and creativity required to build elaborate train sets to the creative musical process.

Waterman is one of many stars from the musical world who have chosen model railway buildings to unwind. Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jools Holland, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen are amongst the many rock Gods with a passion for tiny trains and miniature landscapes.

Mick Jagger: Playing bingo

The pouting rocker spends a large amount of time traveling the world on tour. So, how does the jet-setting frontman relax when he is back home? Apparently, he loves nothing more than hosting bingo games for his A-list friends. Bingo is known as a community game that welcomes all, so maybe it’s no surprise that Mick gets his satisfaction from bespoke bingo nights. Bingo has enjoyed a revival in recent years, reappearing in clubs as well as on countless online sites such as Buzz Bingo, which attract customers with their promotions and their large selection of games, including megaways titles. They also run bingo nights, which have a wild party atmosphere. Celebrity adoption of the game has also helped to boost its image. Other stars with a love of bingo include Robbie Williams, Vic Reeves, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Russel Crowe.

Will Smith: Fencing

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star was looking for a way to have fun and keep fit and decided to try the sport of fencing. He was introduced to the sport by celebrity pal, Tom Cruise, who built his own fencing room in his Hollywood home. At the time, David Beckham was also living in LA and the three used to get together whenever possible to cross swords. It is not clear whether all three still partake in the dueling pastime.

Tom Hanks: Collecting typewriters

Tom Hanks is one of the world’s most respected actors, having starred in countless blockbuster movies. He has won two Oscars for the Best Actor accolade and has been nominated on four other occasions. Away from the screen, however, the Forrest Gump star has a passion for vintage typewriters.

Hanks purchased his first one aged 19 and carried on collecting throughout his career. He recently wrote a letter praising Scotland’s only typewriter mechanic. Hanks has since parted with some of his machines due to a lack of space and has even spoken about giving them all away until he only has one again.

Taylor Swift: Making snow globes

The singer/songwriter has achieved worldwide acclaim and untold wealth thanks to her genre-spanning musical career. He recent switch to a more folk-oriented sound may be linked to her hobby of making snow globes. The singer stated that she thoroughly enjoys the nostalgic hobby and often gives the completed globes as gifts to her friends. Beats a pair of socks, I guess.

These are just a few of the surprising ways in which the rich and famous pass their spare time. What’s your perfect way of filling those long winter nights?

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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