Rick Ross owns a sprawling mansion in Georgia that previously belonged to boxer Evander Holyfield. Rather than spending the estimated $1 million a year to keep the large property taken care of, Ross started mowing the lawn himself.
“When I bought the Fayetteville estate, locals would see me walk out of a restaurant and scream, ‘You know, Holyfield spent $1 million a year to cut the grass.’ So I decided that I was gonna cut my own grass. And that’s what I did,” he told Forbes.
“I went down to John Deere and asked to see the biggest tractor, the most efficient tractor. I told them I had 200-plus acres that I wanted to keep cut and they pointed out the right tractor… I may have sat in the same spot for two hours before I got everything working, but once I got it going, I didn’t stop. I cut grass for about five hours.”
Ross even customized his tractor with tinted windows so he could go about the job peacefully. “People still know it’s me, but when I get in the tractor, it’s a whole other level of peace, a whole other level of connecting with the estate and the animals and the birds and the wildlife.”
He added, “I sit there and have my cannabis rolled up, and, man, I look at the property and can appreciate my struggles and my triumphs, those rough days. It’s the smallest thing, but it keeps a smile on my face. So, you know, for anybody who doesn’t cut their own grass, I would say take time out every two or three months to cut your grass because it is such a great and peaceful sensation.”
Ross also shared with Forbes the other ways he saves money, like buying items at swap meets and antique stores and flying commercial whenever possible. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to splurge every once in a while, though.
“I’m not about throwing money away, but it’s important that people enjoy the fruits of your labor and stay ahead of the curve,” he said. “I make sure that I am surrounded by love and inspiration and motivation. Through the window I am looking out of right now in the Southwest Ranches, I can see my red-on-red 458 Ferrari and it is inspiring.”