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"All Of The Pasta Was Boiled In Perrier Water": Rich People Are Confessing Activities They Do That Non-Rich People Have No Idea About

"A rich family flew me to the other side of the world to take care of ONE of their three kids. The other two kids have their own separate nannies."

A while back, this Reddit user asked, "What is an activity the ultra rich partake in that regular people don't even know exists?" The responses were really juicy β€” here are some of the best:


1. "Going abroad for dinner. I hear of wealthy Londoners (or people who live nearby) who simply jump in their helicopter and fly to Paris for an evening meal, then come home again." β€”[deleted]

Blair Waldorf having tea at a place with the Eiffel Tower in the background
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2. "They buy fine art β€” museum-quality pieces β€” when it becomes for sale. Then, they hold on to it until it appreciates to a point where it's worth more to collectors than they originally paid for it. That way, not only do they make a tidy profit, but they also get to enjoy the artwork in their homes as it increases in value." β€”u/Back2Bach

A man looking at art in a gallery

"Oh, it gets so much better than that. TheyΒ giveΒ it away and make money doing so. This information is pretty old, so these loopholes might have closed or changed in some places, but it goes like this:

Step 1: Buy painting for $1 million.

Step 2: Painting appreciates to $2 million.

Step 3: Donate painting to a museum. Museum pays you the $1 million you originally paid for it, so you get your original money back.

The $1 million of appreciation is considered a 'donation,' which is tax deductible so you get to deduct that from your taxable income. This saves you (in the U.S.) 40% of $1 million (or $400,000). In the past, or in other countries, the top tax rate might be as high as 60% or even 90%.

So you get your money back, plus a $400,000 (or $600,000 or $900,000) profit. You don't have to pay capital gains on the appreciation of the painting. You also don't have to pay a broker's fee. Plus, selling a multimillion-dollar work of art can take a long time, and with an auction, there's no guarantee you'd get the appraised price anyway. With an appraisal, you get someone to tell you what the price is. You are paying the appraiser. What do you think the odds are he's going to tell you a price you don't like?

Pretty sweet deal if you ask me." β€”u/PMMeUrHopesNDreams

3. "Owning seasonal furniture. 'Well, it's getting on into April, so we'd better get the spring couches and chaise lounges out of storage. Swap out the winter dining table and china set for the spring set. We'd better get out all the matching drapes too.'" β€”u/7ofalltrades

A couple sitting in a fully furnished kitchen

4. "I dated a guy who had a place at Ocean Reef (super exclusive, extremely wealthy community in upper Florida Keys). We sat with five other couples, going back and forth about whose mega yacht we should take out that evening: 'Bob and Cindy's is the closest to the canal.' 'But, Jim and Donna's is bigger!' 'But, Mark and Tina's jacuzzi is already heated!' 'But Dale and Ira's has a full staff tonight!'"

Chuck and Nate do a toast while on a yacht
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"I was just like, 'I have a kayak...'" β€”u/Ashleym527

5. "I work in one of the wealthiest towns in the world. My store sells luxury kitchen supplies, as well as 'luxury food.' Customers don't even try to hide shoplifting β€” it's like they don't understand that it isn't allowed. They'll just randomly open packages of $500 treats and eat half of them, break fine glassware, or steal pieces of silver flatware. Honestly, as manager, I have given up β€” you won't win against the super rich. Every time I tried to hold them accountable, I have received calls from corporate to drop it. ... The whole town is like a social club for the rich." β€”u/Shinotochi

Veronica Lodge and her mom looking sneaky
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6. "I had some family friends growing up who had a handmade Monopoly table. It was wooden with silver pieces, and they used real cash." β€”u/ohgreatitsryan

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7. "Buying fully furnished houses. This is for people who already own a house (or two, or three...) and want another one. Say you already own a house in Malibu and another in Vail, but you'd like to add another little pied-Γ -terre in New York so you can fly there for an occasional Broadway play or gallery opening. You can afford to buy anything you want, but you want it to be ready to use; you don't want to spend all the time it would take to shop for furniture, linens, dishes, etc. So when a real estate agent shows you a house, and you decide you want it, you don't just offer to buy the house, you offer to buy the house and everything in it. This includes the paintings on the wall and the gadgets in the kitchen drawers. If the paintings aren't exactly to your taste, you may want to replace them eventually, but at least you'll have a comfortable place to live while you do that." β€”u/JimDixon

A couple in a fully furnished house
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8. "Having 'afternoon tea.' Imagine drinking tea and eating little sandwiches and scones off fancy cups and plates while in an extremely elaborate, ornate room with a view. Now imagine spending between $2,000 to $5,000 on each of these teas. Some people do it every. Single. Day." β€”u/Tarheel6793

Serena van der Woodsen and her dad out to afternoon tea
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9. "Playing polo." β€”u/dlheywoo

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10. "A girl I know is a nanny for a very rich family β€” they flew her to the other side of the world to take care of one of their three kids. Just one. The other two have their own separate nannies." β€”u/mepulixer

Johnny Rose looks confused while holding a baby
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11. "I used to work for a traveling performing arts company. We had a performance in Boston and while we were there, a board member wanted to take the entire company (about 20 people) to her favorite Italian restaurant. At the same time, there was a boil order on the local water because of a broken water main. Even though the pasta would have been cooked in boiling water and therefore been safe, that was not good enough. Instead, all of the pasta was boiled in Perrier water. Let me tell you, that was some of the best damn pasta I've ever tasted!" β€”u/AspenTD

A couple from the show Elite having a fancy dinner
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12. "I work in landscaping and we have customers who have very wealthy clients who get seasonal landscaping. They spend thousands of dollars on brightly colored annual and perennial beds, all to tear it out in just a couple of months. We once had a customer who installed spruce trees in a big planter just for the summer β€” they probably spent over $10,000 on them." β€”u/evlbuxmbetty

A group has dinner outside
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13. "Purchasing rugs as investments. Seriously β€” rugs. I went to a friend's house and his dad told me that the rugs in the house all cost over $30,000 each. The value of the rug actually increases as it becomes thinner and the color wears." β€”u/Shinkaru

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14. "I used to nanny for a billionaire family with three homes and two jets. They had weird hobbies, like horse jumping. Each kid in the family had their own horse, and had at some point participated in this sport. One of the kids was so competitive in it that the family would attend her competitions in Europe, which included flying several horses and a team of groomers over in specially hired jets. I spent hours per week attending these competitions with them, and it's the same thing every two minutes: a girl rides a horse around a ring, jumping over hurdles that advertise for John Deere/Fiji/Mercedes and the parents sit at tables on a pavilion, drink wine, and wait for their kids' names to come up alongside a horse called 'Scapula Princess Madonadon' or something. Afterward, everyone raves about what a great time it was." β€”u/puheenix

Ryan and Seth from The OC at a fancy resort
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15. "Flying with executive bulk tickets. I was gifted a pair of these once. They come with 24/7 direct-line concierge, accessible from any country, and can do the wildest things you've never even thought about for a plane ride. The tickets are good for any seat on any flight, anywhere, any time. Say you flew round-trip from New York City to London but you suddenly wanted to grab some paella in Barcelona and bring it to Boston to have a seafood face-off. You can do that β€” one call and it's all taken care of. You get private security lines, and I mean private. You don't have to wait for TSA and customs is a breeze. Flight crews are also much nicer. When you have an exec bulk ticket, they assume you are an executive of an airline, or directly related to one. Therefore, they put extra effort into things. It's weird and hard to describe, but the niceness is almost overwhelming." β€”u/lizlov

A rich guy from the show 'The White Lotus' waiting at the airport

16. "A lady walked into the yarn store I worked at and had a rough idea in her mind for the kind of sweater she wanted to make. No pattern, just an idea that it should maybe be loose and have cables. She spent $1,800 on single-ply, hand-dyed cashmere for one sweater." β€”u/glaarghenstein

A woman with a knit hat smiling

17. "Having a library at home with the shelves filled with thousands of Kindles. Each Kindle has only one book on it." β€”u/Scmadrid

A big library with an ornate painted ceiling
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18. "For the first time in my life, I went to a Michelin star-rated tasting menu restaurant in New York City. It was about $200 per person and lasted about two to three hours, serving 18 dishes. This one guy next to us was a regular and was getting the wine flight. He was hanging out there like some dude in a sports bar. My jaw kinda dropped. Apparently, he literally goes there every week and does the wine flight option with his wife. His assistant makes reservations for him. He spends more money on weekly dinners per year than I've ever made." β€”[deleted]

A woman eating a fancy dinner

19. "The CEO for a company I used to work for put a giant tank (pool) with a submerged 'sunken ship' inside of it in his backyard so that he could scuba dive around in it." β€”u/RedBarnGuy

A guy chilling on a tube in his swimming pool

20. "Having house managers for all of their properties. These people coordinate all the domestic staff and manage the properties so that they are instantly livable at a moment's notice, even if the owners only come in for a week or two in a year. Their secretaries will usually call the house manager the day before saying, 'Oh, they'll be in London for a few days.' The manager will then arrange everything from making sure they get picked up from the airport to instructing the chef to make their favorite menus. All of this is done without any input from the actual owner. That's what they pay for." β€”u/all-you-need-is-love

Johnny and Moira with looks of expectation
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21. "Legally watching current theatrical films in the privacy of their own home theaters." β€”u/pokerstar420

A home theater with two rows of comfy seats
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22. "Building an extra wing onto the mansion to display 30,000 mounted dove heads." β€”u/haironburr

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23. And finally: "Watching the weather report for multiple cities with ski resorts. If a lot of snow drops someplace, a group of about a dozen people will meet up at the private jet and go skiing for a couple of days on a moment's notice. During the trip, they might even jet over to see a nearby sporting event. Then, they'll go back to work as if nothing special just happened."

The 'Boy Meets World' crew at a winter lodge

"A couple days later the designated 'accountant' on the trip will send a spreadsheet around to everyone with their part of the bill for the trip. This bill can also include losses from the poker games played on the jet during flights." β€”u/Churn