Epic Celebrity Parties That Cost An Absolute Fortune

Ever wonder how sweet it would be to have your favorite performer put on a show for your birthday? How about paying off an exotic dancer's mortgage in cash just to impress your boys? For some celebrities, those dreams and more came true when they tossed away fortunes on a single evening of fun. Here are some of the most expensive celeb parties ever.

Diddy's $3 million 40th birthday party

Everyone knows about Diddy's legendary "White Parties." Often held at his mansion in the Hamptons, the opulent soirees date all the way back to 1998. But Diddy outdid himself for his over-the-hill bash in 2009. The rap mogul reportedly dropped $3 million to blow out his candles at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City.

According to the Daily Mail, "Diddy was presented with a tiered black and white birthday cake featuring his initials on a shield." Also included in the insane price tag was an $18,000 orchid arrangement, a performance by Al Green, ballerinas serving drinks to guests, a maze, and performance art installations. According to Vanity Fair, the party included security checkpoints and stirred up a public frenzy not seen since writer Truman Capote's legendary Black and White Ball of 1966.

The day after the bash, Diddy tweeted "I haven't had a hangover in five years! But I have one now!" The party was sponsored by his vodka brand, Ciroc, making that hangover perhaps the worst accidental celebrity product endorsement ever.

Chelsea Clinton's estimated $3 million wedding

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in a quaint affair that basically shut down an entire Hudson Valley town for a weekend. There were 400 guests, designer gowns for Chelsea and Hillary, a $11,000 cake, and a fireworks display, according to The Week. Chelsea reportedly even ordered her dad to lose weight, which he did, but at what cost?

The whole shebang took place at Astor Courts Estate, "a private Beaux-Arts mansion," which is such a fancy term we don't even know what it means. Though the family didn't divulge the exact price tag, experts put it right around $3 million, or roughly the same amount the city of Chicago is spending to send 1,000 low-income students to college. Not too shabby for the daughter of two lifelong public servants from Arkansas, huh?

Kate Moss's 40th birthday party

Supermodels are known for diva behavior, but nothing tops Kate Moss's overindulgent 40th birthday. The party included "hippie style yurts set up on the grounds of her home" and carnival-themed entertainment such as fire jugglers and face painters, according to the Daily Mail. The price tag was reportedly around £100,000, and here's the kicker: it went on for four days.

Moss is known for her marathon parties, having previously planned a 34-hour event for her 34th birthday, but this was her first multi-day extravaganza. Can you imagine using vacation time—or burning a couple sick days lying to a gullible boss—just to watch your friend open presents? If we're being honest, that still beats going to a full-grown adult's party at Dave & Buster's. Sixteen bucks for a burger, just so you can play Skee-Ball after dinner? No thanks.

Rick Ross's $1 million strip club birthday

For his 35th birthday, rapper Rick Ross racked up such a huge tab at the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami that the joint actually ran out of cash to throw at the ladies. To understand just how ridiculous this gets, we need to provide a brief explanation of how high-end strip clubs work. According to the King of Diamonds' talent manager, "Disco" Rick Taylor, patrons can charge money to their tabs, and, in turn, the club gives them physical cash to toss around. But the business only keeps so much cheddar on hand, so when Ross and his crew topped the seven-figure mark, the club literally had to call the bank. "We ran through so much money, the Brinks truck came, and that didn't even help," Ross said. Something tells us that guy is still finding glitter in strange places.

Paris Hilton's 21st birthday in five cities

Like Kate Moss, Paris Hilton probably overestimates the amount of time people want to spend with her, which may explain why the hotel heiress dragged invitees around the world to five different locales for her 21st birthday. Jet-setting to London, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, Hilton reportedly spent $75,000 per guest, which we're confident they all would have preferred to receive via check.

The Sultan of Brunei's priceless party favors

The Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world, makes this list for mind-boggling reasons. Forget the bottomless Beluga caviar and flowing champagne. Disregard the annexing of a 20-acre plot of land to stage a Michael Jackson concert for the capital city's 300,000 residents and paying the King of Pop $16 million for the performance. Overlook the fact that the Sultan spent $27 million dollars on his 50th birthday bash in 1996—a bill that accounted for only 1% of his wealth. Yes, those luxuries were all part of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei's birthday, yet they pale in comparison to the ruler's gift to his people.

In this tiny, oil-rich nation, "the government employs 80 percent of the work force," according to The New York Times, so when the Sultan celebrated his 52nd birthday by giving government employees a sizable "cost of living allowance," he literally shifted the nation's economy with a single decision. His Majesty also doled out a pay increase on his 60th birthday, which leads us to believe that Bruneians now sing the last line of the birthday song with added gusto. "Happy birthday, dear Sultan, happy birthday to you, and many more..."