We all know of the standard insurance policies which cover our day to day lives. We’re constantly exposed to TV adverts of a window cleaner falling from an unstable ladder or an innocent victim receiving whiplash courtesy of a reckless driver. However there is also a world that we’re not exposed to. A world so bizarre that it’s like the twilight zone of insurance claims. It’s incomprehensible to us normal folk as to why these policies exist but it goes that step further to ensuring that our A-list stars are held in a regard on an almost immortal level. But, when it comes down to it, even they realise that we’re all human and so they’ve taken every necessary step to ensure that their vulnerable bodies and lives are protected against the glitz, glamour and pitfalls of a celebrity lifestyle. No win no fee solicitors have truly got their work cut out with this bunch!
X Factor rejects, Celebrity Big Brother Contestants and general TV nuisances John and Edward Grimes have become as well known for their bleach blonde quiffs as their reality TV antics. So much so that during their recent Big Brother stint they revealed to fellow contestants that their hair has been insured for £1 million pounds. A hefty sum for a essentially a whole lot of peroxide bound by hairspray.
Tom Jones ‘Chest Hair
Whether this is true or not I’m not entirely sure but back in 2008 there were several reports that Welsh singer, lothario, crooner and symbol of masculinity, Tom Jones, had his chest hair insured for $7 million. In a world where men are becoming more in touch with their effeminate sides, Tom Jones clearly felt it was important to highlight his prowess and maintain the image of a rugged heartthrob.
Shirley MacLaine’s…Presence on Earth?
This is unquestionably one of the strangest insurance claims in the history of show business or in fact the world. MacLaine, who believes heavily in extraterrestrial life, is contracted to a $25 million insurance policy which protects her acting income should she ever be abducted by aliens. What’s even stranger is the fact that she’s not alone this intergalactic insane insurance protection as 20,000 people in America are also protected against such misfortune.
Heidi Klum’s Legs
In 2008, Heidi Klum (supermodel and Mrs Seal) had her towering pins valued at £1.1 million pounds. It’s logical to assume that works out at a huge £550,000 per leg, however in fact, due to a small car on her left leg, it’s only worth £500,000. Fortunately such imbalance is not replicated on the catwalk.
Fernando Alonso’s Thumbs
Ok so Formula One driver Fernando Alonso’s thumbs are essential to his trade but due to them also becoming a symbol of a winning brand, his Ferrari team have gone to the extent of insuring them for the overwhelming sum of £8.7 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Legs
It’s always been well documented that sports stars have become accustom to odd insurance policies. Due to the nature of their contact sports it makes sense, but Ronaldo’s leg insurance is just a further indication of the crazy finances involved in football. After he joined Real Madrid in 2009, the Spanish club protected their most prized asset by insuring his legs for £90 million pounds.
Mariah Carey’s Legs
I guess this goes someway to highlighting how unworldly our pop stars have become. You would imagine that Mariah’s record company might take out an insurance policy on her voice, right? Instead, Gillette, whom she represents in their ‘Legs of a Goddess’ advertising campaigns, have insured her legs for a whopping $1 billion.