Which is the most expensive Pokémon card?
Ever since Pokémon arrived on the scene, it has always been popular in some shape or form. It all started with the Nintendo Game Boy video game release in 1996 and developed over decades to become one of the most recognizable franchises, managed by the Pokémon company nowadays.
Whether it’s collecting your own Pokémon cards or playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game (initially released by Wizards of the Coast), working your way through the video games, or watching the anime episodes and movies, Pokémon offers something for everyone.
So, we thought we’d put together a list of the 34 most valuable Pokémon cards in the world and show you just how expensive some of them have become!
The 34 Most Expensive Pokémon Cards In the World
These are the 34 most expensive Pokémon cards in the world:
34. Championship Arena Card
Kicking off our list at $499, there is a Championship Card from the 2005 Pokémon World Championships.
The only way to get your hands on one of these was to compete in the above-mentioned tournament or a few other competitions in 2005.
The Championship Arena was limited to the Pokémon TCG tournament events by Nintendo to keep it an exclusive prize. For this reason, now it is one of the rarest Pokémon cards, available only to players who competed in that championship back then – and to those who are ready to pay a significant sum of money to buy it from them!
33. Gastly – Expedition Card
Gastly is not the most exciting Pokémon that springs to mind when you’re planning your next match. He’s never been a particularly popular Pokémon either; however, his card has managed to almost break the four-digit mark.
Most pro Pokémon players would not consider using Gastly in a match, let alone actually playing him.
However, that should give you some indication that the card’s value really has no direct correlation to its competitive significance.
32. Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo Card
Mewtwo was always one of the most elusive and rarest Pokémon in the game, so that also made his card worth a whole lot more than other expensive Pokémon cards on the list.
The base set shadowless first edition holographic card is an exceedingly rare Pokémon card today despite being massively coveted in 1999.
So if you have one in your collection or lurking around in the basement, dig it out because it’s worth around $1,500!
31. 1st Edition Shadowless Holographic Blastoise Card
Everyone loves Blastoise, right? Blastoise was a super rare Pokémon card in 1999 and has only become more sought after as time went on.
If you’re able to find a PSA 9 card for less than $1,500, you’ll have done really well.
Cards like this are very difficult to come by.
30. Gold Star Espeon Card
First introduced in the EX line of play, Gold Star cards are the ones with the Shiny version of the Pokémon. They were called this way due to the little gold star symbol appearing at the top of the card, right next to the Pokémon’s name. Only 27 items of this kind were produced between 2004 and 2007, so they are really rare.
They were easy to identify in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as they were slightly different from any of their adversaries. They usually had alternative-color artwork and could be found in approximately every 88 booster packs (or 2 booster boxes).
Espeon is the most valuable of all the Gold Star cards as it was awarded to players that met certain criteria and were distributed to them by the Pokémon Players Club.
29. Shining Charizard Card
Shining Charizard marks the first time a Shiny Pokémon was found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
The Pokémon itself is holographic, instead of the background, and it’s worth even more if it has a 1st edition marking on the bottom left-hand side of the image. These shiny Charizard cards have been highly appreciated by collectors and are also quite powerful in the game, so they reach really impressive prices.
28. Pikachu – Expedition Card
Next on our list of the most valuable Pokémon cards in the world is this Pikachu Expedition.
Everyone loves Pikachu, so it’s no surprise that these loveable electrical squirrel cards are always in demand and command high prices.
If you’re a mega-fan of Pikachu, then you might be fortunate enough to pick one of these up on eBay.
27. Holographic Shadowless 1st Edition Venusaur Card
As many Pokémon fans will know, Venusaur was a difficult card to come by, let alone a holographic one.
If you did manage to get your hands on the one having a first edition stamp and held on to it, today, it could be worth a good amount of money!
If you have the one without a shadow around the image box, then you’d be able to fetch even more.
26. Black Triangle Error Booster Box
Besides the singular rarest Pokémon cards, you can also spend a lot of money on booster packs like this one.
The beauty with these is that you don’t know what type of rare cards you’re going to get.
The triangle booster pack is the most valuable, and a box will set you back a few quid. They were actually printed as a mistake when factories were supposed to stop printing any more “1st edition” packs.
The price comes from them being sealed in a booster box, instead of just a booster pack.
25. Master’s Key Prize Card
The Master’s Key card is only one of 34 such prize cards to have ever been produced. The cards were awarded to players in a 2010 Pokémon Trading Card Game tournament in Japan, creating exclusivity and value.
If you want to get your hands on one, you’re going to have to do a lot of digging around online, as these are ultra-rare cards for sale!
24. Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle Card
Originally distributed with the CoroCoro comic’s monthly issue, the Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle card was then awarded to prize winners competing in the 1998 Kamex Mega Battles.
This rare card did earn some later reprints, but the original Japanese versions are worth far more than any of the English ones, hence the $9,999 price tag.
23. Articuno – Tropical Mega Battle Card
Next on our list of the most valuable Pokémon cards in the world is the 1999 Articuno.
This rare card with a legendary Pokémon was awarded as a prize during the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament.
However, there are standard versions that you can purchase, however because of their rarity and association with some of the world’s top players, $9,999 is the bare minimum of what you’re going to have to pay to get your hands on this legendary Pokémon card!
22. Mega Battle Tropical Wind Card
The English Tropical Wind was one of the Pokémon Trainers awarded to participants of the 2004 World Mega Battle tournament and didn’t really cost a lot of money to purchase if you wanted your own.
However, the 1999 version handed out to prize winners of another Tropical Mega Battle Tournament, is worth a great deal more!
Because it’s been awarded to some of the world’s best players, the Mega Battle Tropical Wind card now demands $10,000.
21. Espeon Gold Star POP Series 5 Card
As it was previously mentioned, all of the Gold Star cards are very rare, but the ‘Eeveelutions’ (the multiple creatures Gen 1 Pokémon Eevee can evolve into) are the rarest of them. On top of that, the original cards with writings in Japanese are the rarest of the rarest due to their very limited availability.
In February 2021, a gem mint PSA-rated condition Gold Star Espeon card was sold for a little over $22,000. Espeon is a Psychic-type Pokémon that appeared in Generation II.
20. Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge
Fans who have been collecting Pokémon cards since 1999 were no longer so excited about it in 2003, and the production of the Skyridge expansion was comparably lower than in the case of the previous sets.
It was the last release from the Wizards of the Coast before the game was taken over by the Pokémon company. This pack has the famous e-reader designs that were supposed to be a tie-in for the Game Boy Advance version of the video game. Due to its small amount, this retro set contains some of the most valuable Pokémon cards.
The most desirable element of it is undoubtedly Charizard. Even at release, the Crystal Holo edition of this Pokémon card was amazingly rare. In November 2020, a card graded to have a perfect condition was bought at an auction for $25,100.
19. Wonder Platinum Trophy Card
Only the best players taking part in the Japanese National Championship in 2009 were able to get the Wonder Platinum Trophy card, so it is very rare nowadays! It presents the beautiful artwork of a Giratina with a platinum pendant. It is estimated that there are only 36 cards of this kind out there, with just 8 graded by the PSA. According to this rating, only 6 of them are in gem mint condition.
Even though it hasn’t been actually graded by the PSA (but received a 9.5 rating from Beckett), one copy of the Wonder Platinum Trophy card was sold for the same amount of money as the aforementioned Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge – $25,100.
18. 2002 Pokémon World Championships No. 1 Trainer Card
This No. 1 Trainer card was a prize for the winners of the regional Battle Road Spring tournaments that took place at the beginning of 2002. These competitions were organized as qualifiers for the Pokémon World Championships and just a few most skillful players could get those cards.
What’s more, these items are particularly special as each of them has been personalized and contains the name of a particular winner. Therefore, every 2002 Pokémon World Championships No. 1 Trainer Card is literally one of a kind! As they are extremely rare, they are not likely to be seen at auctions – and when they appear, they can reach impressive prizes.
This card was illustrated by a famous artist Ken Sugimori who is famous for being one of the designers who created the first generation of 151 Pokémon. Each of them contains the words of appreciation for the winner: “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament Battle Road Spring 2002 champion is recognised here, and his honour is praised.” On top of that, this design includes some of the Pokémon most loved by fans, such as Pikachu, Chansey, Growlithe, and Marrill.
One of the copies of the 2002 Pokémon World Championships No. 1 Trainer Cards, along with the original folder and envelope the winner received it in, was sold at auction in April 2021 for $31,200.
17. No. 3 Trainer Promo Card
The No.3 Trainer was awarded to the third highest-ranking player in the annual World Championships.
To many, this rare card is seen as a badge of honor and is highly regarded in the industry.
Therefore its price is mainly derived from its exclusivity and kudos, but whether someone is willing to pay its asking price or not is a different story.
16. Master’s Scroll Card
You won’t find multiple card sales of the Master’s Scroll outside of Japan, as it was never available outside of this country nor sold in regular expansion packs. The only way to get it was through the Pokémon Daisuki Club in 2010. It is an official Japanese fan club of this franchise that offers limited edition Pokémon cards once in a while. If you’re a member, you need to gain a certain number of Action Points through completing specific tasks and then you can exchange them for such exclusive cards.
It has never been revealed how many members managed to actually collect as many as 8,600 Action Points to get the Master’s Scroll, but there are only 26 gem mint 10 copies out there, so they are really hard to find. Nevertheless, at the beginning of 2021, such a card was sold on eBay for $35,200.
15. 1st Edition Shadowless Chansey
The cards from the west’s very first set turn out to be amazingly valuable nowadays. Especially when it comes to holographic cards from the base pack, fans are able to pay surprisingly huge sums of money to get them in gem mint condition. One of such highly desired Pokémon cards is shadowless Chansey.
At the end of 2020, this item was auctioned off by PWCC and sold for $36,877. Therefore, it is the most expensive Chansey card sold so far. If you have at least a near-mint card of this kind, it may bring you a lot of money! As the PSA webpage says, there are 47 or more shadowless Chansey from the base set out there.
14. 2010 Pokemon Japanese Design Promo 4th Grade Winner Illusion’s Zoroark
In 2010, the Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark movie was released. It was the thirteenth theatrical release in the Pokémon franchise, telling the story of Ash and his friends visiting the Crown City for the Pokémon Baccer World Cup, and discovering that the legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune are destroying everything around.
To promote the movie, there was an illustrating competition organized. Six winners of this contest received 100 copies of cards with the artwork they created. So, they are pretty unique and hard to find nowadays! One of them reached a price of $40,800.
13. Gold Star Holo Rayquaza EX Deoxys
In comparison with some other most valuable Pokémon cards, the Gold Star Holo Rayquaza card is relatively new. It was released in 2005 in the EX Deoxys set, along with six other variants of Rayquaza available there – as a reference to this legendary creature first appearing in the Game Boy Advance version of Pokémon Emerald. Interestingly, even though it is not the rarest Gold Star card of all the versions, it is the most valuable for collectors and reaches the highest prices on sale – most probably because of the combination of Gold Star and a holographic image.
It is said that there are only 46 gem mint 10 copies of this card in circulation. In December 2020, one of them, in mint condition, was sold for an impressive sum of $45,100.
12. Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer Card
As a prize derived from a series of tropical Mega Battles, which consisted of seven regional tournaments depending on player ability, the top three players were given a trainer card with an Exeggutor on the front.
They were then able to present these cards to gain world-class treatment at any Tropical Mega Battle.
These ultra-rare cards are now incredibly hard to find, and it’s thought that the gold card is worth more than $100,000.
11. 1998 Japanese Promo Card – Tamamushi University Magikarp Trophy
This Japanese promo card was available only in a two-day tournament happening in Osaka in 1998. To get it, a participant had to win at least one battle. However, signing up for this competition was not so easy, as the candidate was required to pass the Tamamushi University Hyper Test first, briefly published in some magazines to confirm their Pokémon knowledge. After finishing the tests, 1000 participants who got the highest scores got the invitation to the tournament in Osaka.
The image was designed by the already mentioned legendary Pokémon artist Ken Sugimori and shows Magikarp jumping up in the air and shooting a bolt of lightning. This Japanese promo card was sold for $66,100 in February 2021.
10. No. 1 Trainer Promo Card
Next on the list is Pikachu’s No. 1 Trainer Promo Card.
The Pokémon franchise held a two-day competition in 1997 to celebrate their success. This gave birth to the official Pokémon Card Game tournament.
The No.1 Trainer Promo Card was reprinted multiple times and used in several competitions, so that’s why this item is not the most expensive Pokémon card in the world but is still worth a good chunk of change.
9. Umbreon Gold Star Holo
This amazingly rare and expensive card released in 2005 features one of Evee’s evolution, a Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II – Umbreon. Interestingly, it is one of just two cards in the world that got a BGS rating of 9.5, which significantly increased its value. This gem mint gold star holo card was sold for $70,000 at its auction, making it equally expensive as the previously mentioned No.1 Trainer Promo Card. When it first appeared, it was only available to the Pokémon Trading Card Game players who managed to gain as many as over 70,000 XP points. No wonder it is so hard to get nowadays!
8. No. 1 Trainer Super Secret Battle
This Pokémon Super Secret Battle card was a prize in contests held by The Pokémon Company in 1999. These ultra-rare cards were the proof of winning the tournament and being eligible for taking part in the final, organized in a secret place.
It was a very mystical Pokémon Trading Card Game competition, hence the name “Super Secret Battle”. A souvenir from it presents Mewtwo, a very powerful Pokémon, so it has always been strongly desired by collectors and fans.
This Japanese promo card sold for an impressive sum of $90,000 in July 2020, becoming one of the most expensive Pokémon cards out there.
7. Pikachu Illustrator Card
One of the most valuable Pokémon cards in the world is definitely the rare Illustrator Pikachu card.
Supposedly, there were 39 of these mystical cards, but it’s thought that there are only six left in existence.
So, if you manage to get your hands on this Pikachu Illustrator Pokémon card, then you’re looking to cash it in for roughly $100,000!
6. Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holographic Lugia
Lugia was one of the rarest and strongest legendary Pokémon in the GameBoy versions of the game, so it is quite logical that its TCG card can be equally difficult to get. However, its exclusiveness stems not only from that but also from the fact that it was a part of the 1st release of the second-gen Pokémon TCG card set called Neo Genesis. This edition turned out to have many printing errors, making its grading notoriously tricky. So far, only 43 gem mint holographic Lugia cards are known to have been graded a perfect 10.
In 2020, this card reached a quite impressive price of $50,000, but a year later it almost tripled – a holo Lugia graded a Pristine 10 by BGS was sold for $144,300
5. No. 2 Trainer Promo Card
The No.2 Trainer Card costs more than double the price of the No.1 card. However, it’s pretty difficult to find, and single listings like this are rare; therefore the owner can demand whatever price they like for it.
If someone is prepared to pay $200,000 for it, then so be it; however, it could sit on the market for several months and dramatically reduce in price if no one is willing to pay that much.
4. Kangaskhan – Holo Family Event Trophy
This family event trophy was awarded as a prize at a 1998 parent and child tournament in Japan.
It is one of the most prestigious and rarest Pokémon cards left globally, and thousands competed in the competition for the right to be named Pokémon’s ultimate piece of merchandise.
An important feature of this Kangaskhan card is that at the bottom right of the art, there is the expansion symbol added. Such a logo was printed on the oldest of Japanese cards, so they are extremely rare nowadays.
After the competition, the card was instantly retired, which dramatically increased its value. Coveted PSA10-graded copies usually reached prices between $50,000 and $150,000, with the highest one being $225,000.
3. Ishihara GX Promo Card (Autographed)
This is quite an atypical item – a Japanese promo card with an artwork showing Tsunekazu Ishihara – the CEO and President of the Pokémon Company. As it can be learned from the interviews, every employee of its company who attended the executive’s birthday celebration in 2017 got this GX promo card as a souvenir.
As a result, it is one of the rarest Pokémon cards ever – there are only 30-60 of them in circulation. In April 2020, one of those custom-printed cards was sold for $50,000, but it was not the most impressive price this item has ever got. In 2021, a PSA 7 version of this card was sold for $247,230 at Goldin Auctions. Such a difference stems from the fact that this item had an actual autograph of Tsunekazu Ishihara, which made it not only one of the rarest cards, but truly one of a kind.
2. Holographic Shadowless 1st Edition Charizard Card
Cost: $369,000 USD
In 1999, 1st edition of the holographic cards with Charizard was printed. Interestingly, there was a problem with the picture – this active fire-breathing dragon lacked a shadow. The image was quickly redesigned to correct the flaw, and from this moment on, a standard version of the Charizard card was printed. But before the amendments, a few shadowless cards were available. Nowadays, this is one of the rarest Pokémon cards ever, considered the holy grail for the fans and collectors
One of them drew the media’s attention when the rapper Logic bought it for $220,574 USD in October 2020. Surprisingly, just a month later it was sold for an even higher price of $350,100 USD. And that’s not the end! The record price this Pokémon card hit was $369,000 USD, in December 2020 on Goldin Auction. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
1. Pre-Release Raichu Card
Kicking it at the top spot on our list is the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards – Pre-release Raichu.
There are an estimated eight cards in circulation that have the “PRERELEASE” badge.
Everything else on the card remains the same as the base set version, except a stamp that serves as the main differentiator.
As most probably the rarest card, it is impossible to value, so its price is left unknown until one finally, if ever, goes up for sale!
The Most Valuable Cards Summary
We hope you enjoyed our world’s most valuable Pokémon card list. As you can see, collectors who want to obtain exclusive cards are ready to spend impressive sums of money to achieve their aim!
This is another incredible example of how much expensive collectible items can get. Who’d have thought Pokémon cards could become this pricey! If you’re interested in other most expensive collectibles, you can check our list of watches or coins, for example.
Here’s a quick recap of the 34 most valuable Pokémon cards in the world:
- Pre-release Raichu – Unknown
- Holographic Shadowless 1st Edition Charizard Card – $369,000
- Ishihara GX Promo Card (Autographed) – $247,230
- Kangaskhan – Holo Family Event Trophy – $225,000
- No. 2 Trainer Promo Card – $200,000
- Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holographic Lugia – $144,300
- Pikachu Illustrator Card – $100,000
- No. 1 Trainer Super Secret Battle – $90,000
- Umbreon Gold Star Holo – $70,000
- No. 1 Trainer Promo Card – $70,000
- 1998 Japanese Promo Card – Tamamushi University Magikarp Trophy – $66,100
- Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer Card – $60,000
- Gold Star Holo Rayquaza EX Deoxys – $45,100
- 2010 Pokemon Japanese Design Promo 4th Grade Winner Illusion’s Zoroark – $40,800
- 1st Edition Shadowless Chansey – $36,877
- Master’s Scroll Card – $35,200
- No. 3 Trainer Promo Card – $32,499
- 2002 Pokémon World Championships No. 1 Trainer Card – $31,200
- Wonder Platinum Trophy Card – $25,100
- Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge Card – $25,100
- Espeon Gold Star POP Series 5 Card – $22,000
- Mega Battle Tropical Wind Card – $10,000
- Articuno – Tropical Mega Battle Card – $9,999
- Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle Card – $9,999
- Master’s Key Prize Card – $8,799
- Black Triangle Error Booster Box – $8,700
- Holographic Shadowless 1st Edition Venusaur Card – $6,500
- Pikachu – Expedition Card – $5,999
- Shining Charizard Card – $3,500
- Gold Star Espeon Card – $3,500
- 1st Edition Shadowless Holographic Blastoise Card – $1,500
- Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo Card – $1,500
- Gastly – Expedition Card – $999
- Championship Arena Card – $499
What’s your favourite most expensive Pokémon card in the world? Leave a comment below.
The 10 Most Expensive Countries to Live in Worldwide
Which are the most expensive countries to live in worldwide? Hold tight, as you’re about to find out.
If you’ve dreamed about moving abroad and starting life afresh in a new country, then read through this list before you do, as you might be shocked to find out just how expensive some of these lesser-known countries are.
We’ve put together this list based on accommodation and living expenses for a single person living in the capital city of each country, and according to population.
Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide…
The 10 Most Expensive Countries to Live in Worldwide
These are the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide:
10. Barbados – $2,061
Kicking off our list of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide, is Barbados.
Barbados is a sovereign island nation in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, which is the Caribbean region of North America.
It covers approximately 349km² and is 23 kilometres wide and 34 kilometres long, with a total population of 285,719 people.
Barbados is the fourth-most densely populated country in the Americas and, it’s capital city, Bridgetown, has approximately 110,000 people living in it.
To rent a one-bedroom studio apartment in Bridgetown, you’re looking at spending around $500 a month, or $100 a night in an Airbnb.
A basic meal out will cost you no less than $13. A beer is around $6.50 and coffee is approximately $5.00 depending on where you go.
9. Japan – $2,612
The ninth most expensive country to live in worldwide is Japan.
Japan is an archipelago island nation in South-East Asia, made up of 6,852 islands, with a current total population of 126.8 million people.
Of the 6,582 islands, the four largest islands account for the majority of inhabitants, as roughly 97% Japans population live on the four islands.
Japan has many major cities, like Osaka, Yokohoma, Nagoya and Sapporo, which are all populated by more than 2 million people.
However, Tokyo, Japans Capital City and the largest city in Japan, has an approximate population of 37 million people.
To rent a one-bedroom studio apartment in Tokyo, you’re looking at spending in the region of $1,370 a month, or $111 a night in an Airbnb.
Eating out varies in price, but as an average for one person, you should be looking at spending around $15.00 for a basic meal and around $6.00 for a beer.
Coffee is also pretty reasonable, considering how expensive Tokyo is, at $2.81 a cup.
8. Norway – $2,659
Located in Northern Europe, Norway is a Scandinavian country with a total population of 5.3 million people.
Norway shares its borders with Sweden, Russia and Finland, and has a total landmass of 385,203 km².
It’s only the 171st most densely populated country on earth, with roughly 14 people for every square kilometre.
Rent is expensive in Norway’s capital, so renting a one-bedroom studio apartment in Oslo, will set you back around $1,193 a month, or $85 a night in an Airbnb.
You won’t have much change left from $15 when buying a meal out, and a beer will set you back around $9.11.
7. The Bahamas – $2,704
The next most expensive country in the world to live in is The Bahamas.
Made up of over 700 islands, the Bahamas has an approximate population of 389,482 million people living across its 13,943km² landmass.
The largest city in the Bahamas is Nassau, with a total population of 255,000.
If you’re thinking about visiting the Bahamas, then you should budget approximately $950 a month for a one-bedroom studio apartment in the city, or $149 a night for an Airbnb.
You’ll need to take at least $50-$100 with you when you go out for a meal and some drinks, as a basic meal costs around $15-$20 and a beer will cost you around $2.50.
Coffee is a little on the expensive side, at around $5 each.
6. Luxembourg – $2,751
One of the smallest countries on our list, Luxembourg, is also one of the smallest sovereign nations on the planet, and it won’t leave you with a lot of wiggle room when it comes to your monthly expenses.
Luxembourg is a landlocked country, located in western Europe, and has an estimated population of 620,319 people.
Its population is small compared to other countries on the list, however, it has roughly 207 people per square kilometre, making it the 67th most densely populated country on earth.
When you arrive in Luxembourg City, you can expect to pay around $1,322 per month for a one-bedroom studio apartment, or $80 a night in an Airbnb.
Luxembourg seems like it’s slightly more expensive than the Bahamas when it comes to luxuries like beer and coffee, as one beer will cost you around $9 and coffee will set you back $6.
Eating a basic meal out will cost between $17-$25 for one person depending on what you order.
5. Iceland – $2,802
Coming in at number five on our list of the most expensive countries in the world is Iceland.
Iceland is located between the North and Atlantic Oceans and has a total surface area of 103,001 square kilometres.
However, Iceland’s population of 339,949 people, remains relatively low in comparison to others on our list as its harsh geographical landscape proves difficult to live in for many, at times.
As a result, Iceland has the lowest population density of any European country, at just 3 people per kilometre.
Staying in Iceland will cost you approximately $1,236 a month for a one-bedroom studio apartment in the capital city of Reykjavik, or $128 a night in an Airbnb.
Whilst you’re there, eating out will cost you around $12 for a basic meal, $8 for a beer and $2.15 for a cup of coffee.
4. Denmark – $3,312
The southernmost Nordic country in Northern Europe, Denmark, is the fourth most expensive country to live in worldwide.
Denmark, bordered by Germany, Sweden and Norway has a total current population of 5.7 million people.
The Scandinavian countries capital city is Copenhagen, which has an urban population of 1.2 million people, and a metropolitan population of 1.99 million.
Known as one of the happiest places to live on earth, Copenhagen is also a very expensive city to live in.
For a one-bedroom studio apartment, you’re looking at $1,917 a month, or $96 a night in an Airbnb.
Eating out will cost you approximately $18 per person and beers and coffee are anyway between $5.50-$6.50 a pop!
3. Switzerland – $3,162
Switzerland is the third most expensive country to live in worldwide.
With more than 8.6 million people living across, 41,285 square kilometres, Switzerland is the 95th most populated country in the world, and the 135th largest country in terms of the total landmass.
Switzerland has a number of beautiful cities to live in, like it’s capital, Bern, and it’s the largest city, Zurich.
Bern has approximately 133,000 people living there and accommodation for a month in Bern, for one person, will cost in the region of $1,366, or $86 a night in an Airbnb.
A meal out will cost you approximately $15-$20, with an additional beer costing around $6.00 and coffee costing around $5.00 a cup.
2. Cayman Islands – $3,387
The Cayman Islands is the second most populated British overseas territory in the world, just behind Bermuda.
It is located in the western end of the Caribbean sea and has a total current population of approximately 63,000 people.
It’s made up of a number of islands like Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
The Cayman Islands are well known for housing offshore companies, and it’s believed that there are over 100,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands.
If you’re considering doing business in George Town, the capital city of the Cayman Islands, then a one-bedroom studio apartment will cost you around $1,924 a month or $83 a night in an Airbnb.
Food and drink on the island are where you might spend a lot of your money.
A basic meal out will cost you at least $20-$30, with beer costing around $8.00 and coffee costing around $7 a cup.
1. Bermuda – $5,011
At over $5,000 a month for accommodation and living expenses, Bermuda is the most expensive place to live in worldwide.
Similar to the Cayman Islands, Bermuda is another British territory located in the North Atlantic.
Bermuda has a total population of approximately 65,000 people living across a total landmass of 20.5 square miles.
Its capital city, Hamilton, is also Bermudas only incorporated city and has a current population of just over 1,000 people.
When looking for accommodation in the city, you’re going to need some deep pockets, as a one-bedroom studio apartment will cost you around $2,675 a month, or $212 a night in an Airbnb.
If you’re a drinker, then get prepared to spend some cash, as one glass of beer will cost you a minimum of $10, and dinner will be around $20-$30 per person.
Bermuda is the most expensive country to live in worldwide.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide.
Well, there you have it, those were some super expensive countries to live in.
Living in those countries might make you think twice about drinking alcohol, on a regular occasion, and make you sharpen the purse strings a bit more.
However, it’s all relative and depends on your disposable income and expenses.
So, if you’re still planning on moving to, or even visiting one of these countries long term, then at least you know what to expect.
Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide:
- Bermuda – $5,011
- Cayman Islands – $3,387
- Switzerland – $3,162
- Denmark – $3,312
- Iceland – $2,802
- Luxembourg – $2,751
- The Bahamas – $2,704
- Japan – $2,612
- Norway – $2,291
- Barbados – $2,061
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The 20 Most Expensive Engagement Rings In the World
Marriage is something to be celebrated and cherished, so what better way to symbolise your love for someone, than an expensive piece of jewellery!
Now, saying that, there’s expensive and then there’s EXPENSIVE!! You’re about to see the $10 MILLION end of expensive!
Here’s a list of the 20 most expensive Engagement Rings in the world…
The 20 Most Expensive Engagement Rings In the World
These are the 20 most expensive engagement rings in the world:
20. Cardi B – $500,000
The first most expensive engagement ring on the list is owned by American rapper, Cardi B.
The 8-carat pear-shaped engagement ring cost Cardi’s fiance a whopping $500,000!
If you think dropping $500,000 of an engagement ring is a big deal, then keep reading as you they continue to get even more expensive!
19. Kate Middleton – $500,000
The Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring consists of a 12-carat sapphire that’s surrounded by diamonds.
The ring actually has a lot more sentimental value than any normal engagement ring, as it was formerly worn by her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Princess Diana was loved and adored by many, so to be fortunate enough to wear her ring is a massive privilege.
18. Lady Gaga – $500,000
Next up, we have the engagement ring of Lady Gaga.
If you know anything at all about the performer, you’ll know that she’s pretty flamboyant and likes to do things big!
So, it’s no surprise that her engagement ring cost so much money. The ring is a unique heart-shaped solitaire diamond of roughly 6 carats, made by Lorraine Schwartz.
And to give it a more personal touch, the ring also includes the couple’s initials engraved on the inside of the platinum band.
17. Iggy Azalea – $500,000
If you’re into your hip-hop, then you’ll know who Iggy Azalea is.
The rapper/singer-songwriter has a number of hits like “Fancy, Work & Black Widow.
All those hits gained her a lot of attention, and one particular NBA star, Nick Young, like her so much that he ended up proposing to her.
He chose a 10.43-carat diamond ring that features an 8.15 carat fancy yellow cushion-cut centre stone.
The stone is surrounded by white diamonds and the whole ring is set in 18-Karat white gold.
16. Gabrielle Union – $1 Million
In sixteenth place, we have the engagement ring given to Gabrielle Union.
NBA star Dwyane wade proposed to her with an 8.5-carat cushion-cut diamond in a platinum solitaire setting, made by Jason Arasheben.
It’s simple, minimal and elegant design allows the focus to be directly drawn to the main focal point – the cushion cut diamond!
15. Angelina Jolie – $1 Million
The ring features an emerald-cut centre diamond of approximately 6 carats and tapered baguette diamonds surrounding the entire ring.
It totally carat weight is approximately 16 carats which are all set in 18k yellow gold.
To make it even more sentimental, Brad designed the ring with the expertise of jeweller Robert Procop.
14. Jennifer Aniston – $1 Million
Jennifer Aniston‘s most recent engagement ring, from fiance Justin Theroux, is a classic solitaire cushion-shaped rose-cut diamond set in 18 Karat yellow gold.
It weighs in around 10 karats and was designed by Jennifer’s friend, Jennifer Meyer.
It’s probably one of the most eye-catching engagement rings you’ll ever see, as you can’t help but notice the massive solitaire diamond!
13. Kate Upton – $1.5 Million
The thirteenth most expensive engagement ring in the world is owned by model and actress, Kate Upton.
The $1.5 million engagement ring, is pretty gigantic, and it’s almost as big as her finances, Justin Verlander‘s, World Series ring!
It’s certainly a bit of a show stopper that’s for sure.
12. Blake Lively – $2.5 Million
Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds, dazzled his bride to be with this $2.5 million engagement ring.
Its made by Lorraine Schwartz and features a 12-carat oval-cut solitaire diamond, set in 18 karat rose gold.
The ring is right on point when it comes to trend and also features small micro pavé diamonds in the band.
11. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – $2.6 Million
Greek billionaire, Aristotle Onassis proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy with this sensational $2.6 million engagement ring.
The ring was made by Harry Winston and features a 40.42-carat marquise-cut diamond.
It’s truly out of this world and well deserved of its place amongst the most expensive engagement rings in the world.
10. Melania Trump – Million
Breaking into the top ten is Melania Trump’s $3 million 25-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring.
The Graff diamonds ring is very simplistic and oozes a sense of class.
After some initial speculation into the actual her husband paid for the ring, I’m sure by now she’s super happy with it!
9. Jennifer Lopez – $4.5 Million
When Marc Anthony proposed to Jennifer Lopez in 2004, he sure did it with some style!
The singer, songwriter and actress received a rare blue 8.5-carat diamond ring from Marc, which was valued at approximately $4.5 million!
Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last, however, the engagement likely either held or increased its value, due to the association with the legendary performer.
8. Grace Kelly – $4.6 Million
Back in 1995, Prince Rainier III of Monaco proposed to Grace Kelley with a mahoosive 10.47 emerald-cut diamond ring, by Cartier.
The ring has received a lot of attention over the years, and rightly so, it’s an incredible piece of jewellery with a unique history.
If you’re in the market for an engagement ring and you have around $5 million to spend, then use this one as a reference point and you won’t go wrong!
7. Paris Hilton – $4.7 Million
Next up we have Paris Hilton‘s engagement ring giving to her by her ex-finance, Paris Latsis.
The $4.7 million 24-carat canary diamond ring ended up being auctioned off to help provide aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, as the couple decided to call off the wedding.
At least some good came out of it. $4.7 million bucks can go a long way in times of need.
6. Beyonce – $5 Million
The platinum band contains micro-pavé diamonds and was designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Since it’s creation, it’s also inspired a number of other celebrity engagement rings, some of which are featured on our list!
Overall, the ring is subtle, classy and striking all at the same time.
5. Anna Kournikova – $5.4 Million
Former professional tennis player, Anna Kournikova received beautiful champagne and cognac 11-carat pear-shaped diamond, classicly mounted with diamond accents from her now-husband, Enrique Iglesias.
It’s certainly difficult to miss, and I’m sure it helps start a lot of conversations, as it’s striking, to say the least.
If you’re thinking of designing something for your partner, then perhaps using this one as your inspiration, might not be a bad idea, as it’s in the top five most expensive engagement rings in the world.
However, don’t forget the price, it’s $5.4 million!
4. Kim Kardashian – $8 Million
As always, only the best will do for Kim Kardashian.
Kanye proposed to Kim with a beautiful 15 carat D colour, flawless cushion cut diamond, made by Lorraine Schwartz.
The diamond itself is set as a solitaire on a thin platinum band with micro-pavé diamonds.
It really is a stunning example of bespoke jewellery and well worth its place amongst the most expensive engagement rings in the world.
3. Elizabeth Taylor – $8.8 Million
In third place, we have Elizabeth Taylor’s engagement ring.
Elizabeth’s ring held the title for the largest and most expensive celebrity engagement ring of all time for several decades.
It’s a 33-carat Asscher cut Krupp Diamond, set in platinum which was given to her by Richard Burton.
It’s one hell of a ring, that’s for sure!
2. Blue Diamond by Bvlgari – $9.5 Million
In second place, we have this stunning example of a truly unique engagement ring by Bvlgari.
The 5.4 blue carat diamond ring was purchased by Graff diamonds and once held the title of the worlds most expensive engagement ring.
Getting close to $10 million, this ring is certainly only attainable to the super-wealthy for the super-wealthy.
1. Mariah Carey – $10 Million
Topping them all is Mariah Carey‘s $10 million engagement ring, given to her by her ex-finance, Australian businessman, James Packer.
The emerald-cut diamond ring is a whopping 35-carats and has two delicate tapered baguette diamonds. The ring is set in solid platinum.
Its single focus design insures the diamond truly shows off its splendour and magnificence!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 most expensive engagement rings in the world.
$10 million for one engagement ring! That’s insane, right? You’d better be sure they’re the one, otherwise, you’re $10 mill in the red!
Here’s a quick recap of the 20 most expensive engagement rings in the world:
- Mariah Carey – $10 Million
- Blue Diamond by Bvlgari – $9.5 Million
- Elizabeth Taylor – $8.8 Million
- Kim Kardashian – $8 Million
- Anna Kournikova – $5.4 Million
- Beyonce – $5 Million
- Paris Hilton – $4.7 Million
- Grace Kelly – $4.6 Million
- Jennifer Lopez – $4.5 Million
- Melania Trump – $3 Million
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – $2.6 Million
- Blake Lively – $2.5 Million
- Kate Upton – $1.5 Million
- Jennifer Aniston – $1 Million
- Angelina Jolie – $1 Million
- Gabrielle Union – $1 Million
- Iggy Azalea – $500,000
- Lady Gaga – $500,000
- Kate Middleton – $500,000
- Cardi B – $500,000
Which ones are your favourite most expensive engagement rings in the world? Leave a comment below.
The 10 Most Expensive Hotels in the World
Have you ever wondered what the most expensive hotel in the world is?
Well, forget your typical $200 – $500 a night weekend getaways, as the ones on this list start at $28,000 a night!
From luxury penthouse suites, overlooking breathtaking city vistas, to lavish underwater hotels, the pricy pads on this list have it all.
So, if money is no object for you and you’re looking for your next premium getaway, then here’s a list of the 10 most expensive hotels in the world.
The 10 Most Expensive Hotels in the World
These are the 10 most expensive hotels in the world:
10. The Royal Suite – Burj Al-Arab – $28,000
Starting off the list of the most expensive hotels in the world is one of the most well-known hotels, the Burj Al-Arab.
Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Burj was marketed as the worlds first ever seven-star hotel, and it goes without saying that it most definitely lives up to expectations.
It’s the seventh-tallest hotel in the world and was designed by architect, Tom Wright, to resemble the sail of a ship.
The hotel stands on a man-made artificial island, that’s only accessible to the mainland by a private curving bridge.
As well as all the lavish bells and whistles you’d expect to find inside a seven-star hotel, like an underwater restaurant that’s accessible by submarine; the Burj Al-Arab also has its very own private helipad, near the roof, approximately 210 metres above sea level.
One night in the royal suite will cost you a minimum of $28,000.
The 780 square-metre suite, set over two floors, is decorated in 22-karat gold and comes with a private dining area and butler, spa, private lounge and numerous staff to answer your every beck and call.
Not bad for $28,000 a night!
9. The Royal Suite – The Plaza – $40,000
Next up we have another “Royal Suite”, but this one’s in The Plaza, New York and will run you a cool $40,000 a night!
So, what do you get for that? Well, to start with you get to the suite using the buildings private lift, that only you can use.
Next, you enter the 400 square-foot suite and are greeted with an exquisitely designed living room; equipped with the latest top of the line amenities and luxuries.
The suite has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a lounge, a separate dining room, which seats up to 12 people, and a fitness room.
From the bedroom, you have a spectacular view of fifth avenue. So if you don’t feel like lounging around in bed all day, then you can make use of the 24-hour butler service the suite provides.
8. The Hilltop Villa – $45,000
The Hilltop Villa is tucked away in paradise, only accessible to the super-rich.
The hotel is located Laucala island in Fiji and costs an impressive $45,000 a night.
But, for that, you’ll get a four-acre villa, split into three separate villas; that each offers the most beautiful views of the island.
The first villa, “The Delana” comes with a master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, a library, a living room, your own large private pool with waterfall and hot tub and a solid wood soaking tub.
The second villa, “The Dua”, has similar specifications but sleeps two comfortably, with sliding doors separating all the rooms.
And lastly, “The Rua” has a separate living area and large private pool and is the second biggest villa out of the three.
If you’re looking to get away with friends or family, then The Hilltop Villa could be a perfect getaway as it sleeps up to eight people and has all the luxurious you need from a hotel.
7. The Muraka Suite – The Conrad – $50,000
Coming in at number seven on our list of the most expensive hotels in the world is The Muraka.
The suite is located in the Maldives at The Conrad and is marketed as the worlds first underwater hotel suite.
The Muraka is two stories tall, with the bottom story being roughly 16 feet below the Indian Ocean.
For $50,000 a night, you can expect to be automatically upgraded to Hilton Diamond Status upon arrival; enjoy a private chef, bar, gym, butler and infinity pool.
However, don’t get too ahead of yourself as there’s a four-night minimum stay requirement.
So, if you really want to stay there then you’re looking to spend more in the region of $200,000!
6. The Penthouse Suite – Hôtel Martinez – $53,000
The Penthouse Suite, in the Hôtel Martinez, will set you back $53,000 a night.
Hôtel Martinez is located in Cannes, France, which is one of the best-known resorts in the Côte D’Azur.
For your $53,000 you can expect to enjoy a 1000 square foot suite on the uppermost floor of the hotel; with stunning panoramic views across the ocean from your own private wood-panelled panorama terrace.
You’ll also have king-sized beds in each of the four bedrooms, a separate living and dining room, marble bathrooms, a Turkish bath and a private jacuzzi on the terrace.
If you’re into your art, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are several artefacts from Picasso and Matisse decorating the walls of the suite.
If art’s not really your thing, then you can sit back and enjoy the view from the terrace!
5. Ty Warner Penthouse – Four Seasons – $60,000
Kicking off the top five countdown is the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel, New York.
The luxury hotel suite is named after the owner of the building, Ty Warner and will cost you around $60,000 a night.
Located on the very top floor of the building, the 52nd to be exact; the $400 square-metre suite cost approximately $50 million dollars to complete.
The suite comes with a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and contains four glass balconies that provide views of uptown, midtown and downtown New York.
Now, you’ll only get one bedroom with this suite; but you’ll also get a spa, a rock crystal master bathroom, a panorama infinity tub, a private elevator and a dedicated guest relations manager and chauffeured rolls Royce at your disposal.
If that’s not enough, then you can take advantage of the unlimited massages that are thrown in for good measure.
4. The Mark Penthouse – The Mark Hotel – $75,000
The Mark hotels grand Penthouse is the largest hotel suite penthouse in the United States, covering a whopping 10,000 square feet.
For you $75,000 a night, you can expect a spacious penthouse that’s spread out over the top two floors of the hotel.
You’ll get 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, 2 wet bars, 2 powder rooms and a large open plan living room.
The living room also has its own party trick; as it can be transformed into a full-size ballroom with 26-foot ceilings.
Perhaps one of the nicest features of the penthouse suite is its 250-square-metre terrace, with panoramic views of Central Park.
So if you want to play the King/Queen of New York for a while, then book your self a few nights in this suite!
3. The Royal Penthouse – Hotel President Wilson – $80,000
If you’re in Geneva, Switzerland and have $80,000 to spend a night, then this is the hotel for you.
The Royal Penthouse in the Hotel President Wilson occupies the entire 8th floor of the hotel.
It offers a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, as well as 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a jacuzzi bath overlooking the lake.
Besides the luxurious furnishings and views, you’ll also benefit from a 24/7 personal assistant, private chef and butler.
If safety is a top concern for you when staying in a luxury hotel then rest assured that the Royal Penthouse is one of the safest places to be.
It has bulletproof glass, 24/7 security, a security camera system throughout the suite and a fortified safe to store your valuables.
You’ll also find a 1930 Brunswick billiard table, a Steinway grand piano and a Bang & Olufsen’s BeoVision 4-103 home cinema system.
And, all this can be reached by your own private elevator!
2. Empathy Suite – The Palms – $100,000
Breaking the $100,000 a night price tag; the Empathy Suite at The Palms, Las Vegas, is the second most expensive hotel in the world.
The Empathy Suite was the result of a full redesign, by Damian Hurst, and a complete overhaul of the old Sky Villa suite.
For $100,000 you’ll get two master bedrooms, massage tables, a cantilevered jacuzzi that overlooks the Las Vegas strip, a salt relaxation room and a private tour of the properties art collection and amenities.
This hotel suite is really for art lovers, as space includes six Damian Hurst originals and custom furniture that includes his motifs.
So, if you’re a Damian Hurst fan and you’ve got the spare cash, then treat yourself!
1. Lover’s Deep – Luxury Submarine Hotel – $150,000
At $150,000 a night, the Lover’s Deep Luxury Submarine Hotel is the most expensive hotel in the world.
Now, it’s not the same type of experience you’d expect from some of the other hotels on the list, as it requires you to go underwater in a submarine.
However, if you want to combine a night away with an experience, then perhaps this is the hotel for you.
The submarine/hotel is located in St Lucia and can be navigated around the Caribbean to suit its guests requirements.
You’ll get 5-star accommodation beneath the waves which includes, your own captain, private chef and butler, speed boat transfers to and from the submarine, and some additional optional add-ons, like helicopter transfers, beach landings and champagne-soaked breakfasts.
The Lover’s Deep Submarine is fully equipped with the ultimate in luxury, and everything you’d want from an experience like this.
Furthermore, you have the option to modify the voyage to suit your own preferences if you wish, so if you prefer a particular location to another, the captain will follow your commands.
This would truly be an experience of a lifetime and one you’d never forget – staying in the most expensive hotel in the world!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 most expensive hotels in the world.
How about that! A submarine hotel that costs $150,000 a night. I bet you didn’t see that one coming. I didn’t, that’s for sure.
So, there you have it, the most expensive hotels in the world range from traditional brick and mortar buildings, in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, to underwater havens that cruise around the Caribbean at your beck and call.
What an awesome world we live in!
Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most expensive hotels in the world:
- Lovers Deep – Luxury Submarine Hotel – $150,000
- Empathy Suite – The Palms – $100,000
- The Royal Penthouse – Hotel President Wilson – $80,000
- The Mark Penthouse – The Mark Hotel – $75,000
- Ty Warner Penthouse – Four Seasons – $60,000
- The Penthouse Suite – Hôtel Martinez – $53,000
- The Muraka – The Conrad – $50,000
- The Hilltop Villa – $45,000
- The Royal Suite – The Plaza – $40,000
- The Royal Suite – Burj Al-Arab – $28,000
Which of these most expensive hotels would you love to stay in? Leave a comment below.
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