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For Mikhail Prokhorov, the best things in life are (mostly) free ... like a Brooklyn Nets tracksuit

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Turning Points magazine asked a number of celebrities to "tell us about their favorite things, and contemplate why most of us are so rarely satisfied with sunshine, love and the stars above." One of them was Mikhail Prokhorov.  He admitted to some extravagancy -- like his yacht(s) but noted how even they helped him with his "personal growth."

He didn't talk much about the Nets, maybe because 1) they have decidedly not been free and 2) right now, no one is calling them a "best thing."

Here's what he said...

I’ve never been much of a materialist. I lived in the small, Soviet apartment of my youth long after I could afford not to. If you were to visit my home in Moscow now, you’d see that it basically resembles a nice hotel with a nondescript resident: There’s no great artwork, no Faberge eggs in sight! Only me, usually lounging in my Brooklyn Nets track suit. (Cost: $95!)

The way I see it, the "second-best things" or very expensive things are only worthwhile if they serve a utilitarian purpose. Sailing makes me seasick, so I have a yacht but enjoy it only because it lets me jet-ski. Getting better at the sport is a personal goal that I work hard at.

The best thing about the yacht is free — the satisfaction of having risen to a new challenge and mastered a new move (which is especially difficult if you’re 6’8"!). This is something that no one can do for me.

I couldn’t care less about the yacht, but I value my personal growth and am happy to invest in it – along with the occasional fine wine.

For the record, Prokhorov is listed as owner of two yachts, the old one, the Solemar, that was featured in his "60 Minutes" profile and the new one, the Palladium, which is very big and very modern and just very very.