Elon Musk takes 1.84 seconds to afford the Ford Fiesta – the UK’s most popular used car



By Declan Yin // in Finance


New reports have found the Ford Fiesta is officially the most popular used car of 2021 in the UK.

The average cost for a Fiesta model is £12,000 – a high price for the average Joe, but how about for some of the world’s highest-paid people?

Find the full research findings here: https://www.macklinmotors.co.uk/news/how-long-would-it-take-the-highest-paid-people-to-afford-an-everyday-motor/

Macklin Motors, who commissioned the research, has looked at how quickly mega earners would need to pay for the UK’s most popular used car.

The analysis finds Elon Musk, crowned the world’s richest man, takes the shortest amount of time to earn a Fiesta – just 1.84 seconds. It comes from analyzing his estimated earnings; £6,588 per second, or nearly £24 million per hour!

Next is Jeff Bezos, who needs just 8 seconds to pay for a Fiesta, earning £1,496 per second, or around £5.4 million per hour.

Billionaires Estd income per second (£) Seconds to buy a Ford Fiesta
Elon Musk 6,588 1.84
Jeff Bezos 1,496 8.08
Bernard Arnault 989 12.23
Larry Ellison 795 15.21
Mark Zuckerberg 381 31.79
Larry Page 376 32.13
Sergey Brin 311 38.90
Warren Buffett 254 47.68
Bill Gates 250 48.35
Steve Ballmer 14 835.29

The footballers earning a mint the fastest are Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar Jr. They need just 1hr 10mins, 1hr 20mins, and 1hr 30mins, respectively, to afford a Fiesta, with estimated earnings of around £176, £155, and £134 per minute – or about £10,000 an hour!

Footballers Estd income per min (£) Minutes to buy a Ford Fiesta
Cristiano Ronaldo 175.78 68.81
Lionel Messi 154.69 78.19
Neymar Jr 133.60 90.53
Kylian Mbappe 60.47 200.02
Mohamed Salah 57.66 209.77
Robert Lewandowski 49.22 245.74
Andres Iniesta 49.22 245.74
Paul Pogba 47.81 252.96
Gareth Bale 47.81 252.96
Eden Hazard 40.78 296.58

Matthew McConaughey, one of the stars of the upcoming film Sing 2 and with estimated hourly earnings from £8k, similarly needs only 1hr 30mins to drive a used Fiesta off the forecourt. He is followed by co-star Scarlett Johansson (just over 2hr 30mins) and ‘World’s Sexiest Man’ Paul Rudd (3hr 30mins).

Film star Estd income per hour (£) Hours to buy a Ford Fiesta
Matthew McConaughey 8,122 1.49
Scarlett Johansson 4,738 2.55
Paul Rudd 3,469 3.49
Will Smith 3,343 3.62
Lady Gaga 3,176 3.81
Keanu Reeves 1,170 10.34
Reese Witherspoon 836 14.47
Benedict Cumberbatch 425 28.49
Ralph Fiennes 408 29.67
Tom Holland 255 47.48

A Macklin Motors spokesperson commented:

“For many, a Fiesta is an investment worth making, but it is interesting to see just how lightning-fast it takes the world’s highest-earning people to afford the same make and model.

“Rather than be disillusioned by the wealth of these megastars, we hope these infographics will help shine a light on the humble Ford Fiesta in all its glory.  We should also learn that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to the Musks of the world – their wealth is staggering, but a reliable Fiesta is never out of reach.”

For further insights from Macklin Motors, visit the Macklin Motors blog.

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