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    I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out That Rich People Can Actually Buy These 24 Wild Things

    You are hired to charge my phone.

    Ever wondered how the other half lives?


    Well, yesterday, Reddit user u/experfailist asked about luxury items that most people were shocked to discover that rich people can own, and whew, I don't even know how to process this information.


    Here are 24 things I literally didn't know you can buy if you’re rich.

    1. An elevator for their cars:

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    "A penthouse owner has a private elevator, but also their garage is a lift, so you can drive home and when you open your car door you're at the same level as your apartment."


    2. Hired help to charge their phone:

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    "I knew a family that had a lot of household staff, including a person who had the responsibility of setting up, troubleshooting — and get this — charging all their personal electronic devices. Yes, their job included charging all the electronic devices."


    3. Movies commissioned about their lives:


    "My in-laws have a rich friend who wrote a movie glamorizing her own life, produced and starred in said movie, got a famous retired actor to play her father, got her son's model girlfriend to play her younger self, and gave us all the DVD and a collector's book for the holidays... It was the most cringe 'movie' we've ever watched. ... She also tracked down some singer she used to be a fan of back when she was a kid. She got this poor woman, now old and retired, to cameo in her movie where she had to listen to our rich friend sing one of her old songs and tell her how talented she is, and how she totally could have had a singing career if she hadn't become a rich businesswoman instead. The former singer was so not into it and was clearly doing it for a paycheck."


    4. Personal trams/ski-lifts to their houses:


    "My uncle is a doctor. ... Dude is loaded. So much so that I learned he has a personal tram (think ski-lift) to his house. Wtf. Never knew those were a thing."


    5. Individually wrapped ice cubes:

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    6. Rotating garage floors:


    "Owner hated idea of backing out of a garage. The floor would rotate 180 degrees when he's ready to drive out."


    7. Gold pills that makes their pee sparkle:


    "Those pills you take with food that have gold in them, so when you go to the bathroom it sparkles. Yes, this is real."


    8. Seasonal furniture:


    "Meaning their house is furnished multiple different ways (furniture included) and they pay someone to store it and swap it out a couple of times a year."


    9. Not just chefs, but food service:

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    "When I was young, my first serious girlfriend's family was super rich. Hundreds of millions rich. They had what I would learn was 'food service.' This consisted of a woman who would show up in the morning at maybe 5:30 and stock the fridge and make sure the coffee was on the timer and there were fresh pastries, etc. At 7:30, the actual food service people would arrive with fresh food for the day and prep anything you wanted. If you wanted something special for dinner, say lobster thermidor, you just told them by 3 p.m. and it would be ready whenever you wanted. This included any snack you *might* want. Did you like the cheeseburger and want a few for later? Done. Every day the fridge would be stocked and cleaned out. It was fucking amazing."


    10. Neighboring houses just so they don't have to deal with neighbors:


    "I am good friends with a couple whose family is suuuper rich. They have a beautiful estate up in New England that I have visited several times. The main house is located on a 100-acre plot with multiple out-buildings and a separate guest house. When I first started visiting, the family next door was friends with them and would come over and hang out at the lake with us. Their house was also super nice, and they were wealthy but not quite as wealthy as my friends' family. A few years ago the family next door decided to sell their house. My friend's father-in-law decided to purchase it, as they didn't want some other family they didn't know moving in (that was the reason I was told, there may have been other reasons as well). This other house was around $2 million, and like I said, it was gorgeous. It now sits mostly empty 90% of the year and isn't used by anyone unless guests (like me) come to visit."


    11. And neighboring land just so houses won't be built that block their views:


    "A guy in my town bought four plots of construction places for houses across the street and turned them into garden, solely so his view wouldn't be deteriorated. The plots were $500k each."



    12. Skyscrapers with their names on it:


    "A friend of mine is a real estate broker, and one day a 29-year-old man came to his office to buy a tower. When asked why he’d buy it, he said, 'It’s time for my father’s name on the top of a skyscraper.' Then my friend asked what would he do with it, since his office already in the satellite city. The man said, 'Just rent it to others, I only need my father’s name on top of the building.' ... Apparently for some people, owning a building with their name on top of it is a sign of how rich they are."


    13. A whole floor just for parties, as well as an elevator to go to it:


    "I used to work for an engineering firm and we did the engineering (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection) for a high-end residential in NYC. There was a client who owned a floor in an apartment building on Central Park West. The people below him moved out, so he bought that floor to host parties. He had a 6” thick sound and vibration dampening system installed on that level so he wouldn’t bother the people who lived below. The building was old and the existing elevator would not stop the additional 6” higher on that floor only, so he installed a new elevator in the building. He also paid for French plasterers to come and live in NYC while they did the ornate plaster crown moulding in the apartment."


    14. Caviar that has live jazz music played to it:


    "I watched a documentary once on food rich people eat and there was a place that provided caviar that came from — get this — sturgeons that get played live jazz music. Recorded jazz music wasn't good enough, it had to be performed live by a pianist. Live jazz. For fish."


    15. Leather cushions for resting your head while peeing when drunk:


    "Client of mine had a custom upholstered leather cushion built into the wall above the man cave urinal. This way, when he is blind drunk, he can rest his head against it to pee."


    16. 'Family Offices':

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    "The Family Office is a group of lawyers or investors that manage the affairs of The Family. They are the people who officiate the distribution of your Trust Fund. So if you know a trust fund kid, well, they have staff who makes sure that the direct deposit goes through, taxes are paid, etc. They also actively manage investments in the stock market. They also can hire and fire your household staff, like recruiting for a new maid or cook. They manage properties, overseas properties, etc. ... I know someone who married into 'A Family.' Every year at the family compound they have a weekend Family Training Class. They watch a documentary about the Head of the Family (who founded 'The Company' in the 1860s) and then watch documentaries and powerpoint presentations about each generation of the family, what they did right and what they did wrong. Then they are GUIDED by the attorneys on how to behave as a member of The Family."


    17. Toilets that analyze their waste:


    "I work in procurement and bought a big wig a $20k toilet from Italy that would analyze your waste and text you a biometric readout."



    18. Shadow yachts:

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    "Some superyachts have support vessels or 'shadow yachts.' It is essentially a second ship that follows you and your yacht and carries smaller boats, jet skis, helicopters, subs, you name it. Just the most exorbitant toy hauler."



    19. Ultra smart showers:


    "I’m a plumber, and I recently installed a smart shower, which I’ve known about. But this one had two rain fall heads and eight body sprays. The unit also has a sauna steamer built in and can connect to your phone. So when you’re driving down your street, you can pick the aroma you’d like and set the temp of your shower so when you walk in it’s just ready for you."


    20. House managers:


    "They are a person who lives in a house that the rich person owns that stays there when the person is in one of their other homes. This person manages the house staff, makes sure the house is 'lived-in' so that the water is always working, any details that need doing get done, and that the house is ready for when the owner arrives. This job can also mean getting someone's wardrobe ready for the season for their arrival."


    21. Books by the foot:


    "Have a new house with lots of bookshelves that you want filled? Pick what types of books you want, bam, full library. When done this way, books are sold by the foot: 'I have 1000 feet of bookshelf space and want 500 feet of classics, 250 feet of fashion based coffee table books, and 100 feet of science fiction. Fill in the rest with contemporary fiction.”


    22. A whole wing of a museum used as a storage unit:

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    "An exceptionally wealthy family I know refers to a wing of the local art museum as their 'public storage unit.' They funded the wing to store their huge collection of classic and modern art, since it was more practical than private storage — it included a climate controlled, 24/7 secure location managed by professionals. Plus, the curators would handle the swapping out of pieces to/from the museum and the home when they needed a different style or era to fit the mood of the next dinner or event at the house. Which was funny because sometimes the swaps would introduce a dozen or so pieces never before displayed at the museum, essentially creating a new exhibit that the museum would package and promote. Behind the fuss, the family just wanted to create the right ambiance for grandma's 80th birthday party."


    23. Sterling silver coffee cans:


    "Some of Tiffany & Co's 'everyday objects' series, but especially this sterling silver coffee can for $1,550. I understand that it's an art object, and that silver is expensive, but the risk of tossing this thing out with the recycling is way too high."


    24. And finally, time:

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    "Time is something we cannot buy more of, so wealthy people spend plenty on things that reduce time wasting. Like personal plane so you don’t have to wait at the airport. When wealthy people want to learn a skill, like how to mix a perfect drink, they don’t roll into community college course. They hire top mixologist to their home to show how it’s done."


    @anyone who has any of these:

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    Responses have been edited for length/clarity.

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