8. Kim Basinger
Many people dream of owning their own town. Few follow through as it can be pricey and the paperwork tends to lead to psychotic episodes. One who followed her dreams: Actress Kim Basinger, who in 1988 purchased the small town of Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. Basinger wanted to turn Braselton into a tourist attraction that featured movie studios and a film festival. Following the purchase of the town, Basinger is said to have told reporters, 'Finally, here are some people who will know who's the boss.' In 1993, after failing to get her Branson-esque project off the ground, 'the boss' sold the town for $1 million. She was later defrauded by Bernie Madoff, who is now prison pals with crime 'boss' Carmine Persico. It's a strange world we live in.