In the world of the rich and famous, hosting a party takes on new meaning, especially when the budget is six figures or more to spend on a one-day celebration. Some of the highest profile celebrities think nothing of investing on a single event an amount that far exceeds what many Americans earn on an annual basis (or even in an entire lifetime in some cases). And while some of the biggest bashes are held in celebrities’ own homes, other hosts prefer to fly their guests to exotic locations and some of the most extravagant parties also go on for several days.
Here are 10 of the most notable – and also most expensive – celebrations to date:
10) Lindsay Lohan 20th Birthday
Actress and pop singer Lindsay Lohan ushered in her 20th birthday with an understated--but not underpriced--dinner party for her closest friends two years ago at a beach house in Malibu. She hired celebrity chef Kerry Simon to prepare the meal and spent a total of $100,000 for the event.
9) Paris Hilton 21st Birthday
American socialite Paris Hilton is used to being the center of attention. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that she went to great lengths to make her 21st birthday one that she and her guests would always remember. Media reports say that she held a series of parties for herself in multiple locations, including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo and London, spending as much as $75,000 per guest who attended this multi-pronged extravaganza.
8) Naomi Campbell 36th Birthday
British supermodel Naomi Campbell’s 36th birthday celebration was truly worthy of her claim to fame. She invited other notable celebrities to share a three-day event at the exclusive 18-floor Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, which she rented. Each of the days had a different theme, including “all white,” “hip hop” and “Brazilian samba.” Campbell spent a shocking $1.8 million for the occasion.
7) Andrei Melnichenko
Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko is no stranger to entertaining with flair. He reportedly spent $4 million to have singer Christina Aguilera sing at his 2005 wedding to former model Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko in the south of France. Then this year, he celebrated his wife’s birthday by dropping another $2 million to have Jennifer Lopez give a 40-minute private concert for 60 guests in Britain. (The $2 million included $1.2 for the performance and $800,000 to fly the singer and her staff to the event.)