The Real Reason Steve Jobs' Benz Didn't Have a License Plate

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We've always wondered why Steve Jobs' Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG didn't have a license plate. Did he think he was above the law? Was he doing it to be different? Maybe! But how did he get away with it? Easy. His cars were leased.


According to Jon Callas, CTO of Entrust, and someone who has done senior security roles for Apple before, Steve Jobs found a loophole of sorts in California license plate laws. If you had a new car, you could drive plateless for 6 months (of course, you still had to register). So Jobs, being rich beyond belief, decided he would just lease a new car every 6 months. He came to terms with a leasing company and switched out his 'old' Mercedes SL55 AMG for a 'new' Mercedes SL55 AMG twice a year.

It's a hilariously logical rich man way of thinking to side step the law. Or a crazily convoluted way to stay different. [iTWire via Jalopnik]

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A tortoise named Hubert

This is what drives the progressives crazy, not the car, not the 3 houses, just... like really? He could have put me through college with the wasted money from restarting a lease twice a year....