Rich folks can be fascinating from a distance, but I've seen enough Succession to decipher that being wealthy isn't just glamorous — it comes with a lot of baggage.
So when u/iam_robas asked, "What are rich people's problems like?" I strapped myself in for a rollercoaster of responses.
Here are some of the most illuminating answers:
1. "Never really being sure whether your partner actually loves you or only tolerates you because your money makes their life easier."
2. "If people know you're rich, they expect you to pay more than what is the price."
3. "Feeling like you can't talk about certain things with people who don't make as much."
4. "My rich friend has no kids so he’s trying to figure out how to spend all his money before he dies so it doesn’t go to some cousins he doesn’t like."
5. "As a woman, it can make it hard to navigate relationships because a lot of men still identify with the bread winner role."
6. "There's definitely a problem of people taking advantage of being your friend for privilege over your stuff."
7. “I have a very wealthy friend, and seeing firsthand how all your poorer relatives move closer to you and start asking you for things and money blew my mind."
8. "Figuring out how to give your kids everything they want, without turning them into spoiled brats who are messed up for life."
9. "It’s sometimes awkward when people realize that my family is wealthy. Especially in college with a lot of left-wing people."
10. "I have a family member earning seven figures annually that keeps their social media feed on a week-long delay."
11. "One of the unexpected problems was vacationing with friends."
12. "There's a lot of isolation that comes with wealth, particularly if your wealth goes up more than your friends."
13. "Saying no to your kid when you easily have the means to say yes with little cost to yourself is hard."
14. "I used to work in fine art shipping and rich people constantly call and ask if we could remind them which house we’d shipped their expensive artwork too."
15. "Proper allocation of investments assets and tax planning are actually things you need to think about a lot or hire someone else to think about."
16. “I know a few people from extremely rich families. I see terrible outcomes with third-generation wealth."
17. "Having to tune two Steinway concert grand pianos (worth $195,000 each) in the spacious living room every year, even though no one in the house knows how to play them."
18. "The more money they earn, the more they spend, and it never feels like they're truly 'rich.'"
19. "I’d have to say: 'Your town’s airport is too small for my plane.'"
20. "It feels like a lot of your issues get downplayed because you’re wealthy."
21. "Not being able to understand what money means to people below their financial status."
22. "Having all your accomplishments invalidated by the fact that you have money."
"I'm the first to recognize that I haven't had to face most of the barriers that others had because I'm benefiting from incredible privilege. I'm eternally grateful for that.
That said, I still think I have at least a bit of merit for the things I've done. I've known other people born into wealth who haven't done shit with their lives because they take everything for granted and think success is owed to them." —u/South_of_Pluto
23. "A feeling of inadequacy that no matter how successful or brilliant you are, you’ll never be as successful as your parents."
24. "It's pretty gut wrenching to file your taxes and see the government has taken 40 percent of your money after working 60+ hours a week all year."
25. "Getting constantly targeted by poorer people for being successful and rich."
26. "I’m a first generation wealthy individual. I have the constant fear of losing everything."
"My net worth is north of 20 million. I came to the U.S. 20+ years ago as an immigrant on work visa and made good money in my job, stocks, consulting, real estate, etc.
Yet, I wear $14 Costco jeans and t-shirts. I live a very frugal life. The problems I have are mostly stemming from the financial insecurities I grew up with." —u/CompetitionFit8236
27. "I met a fabulously rich guy on vacation — he never really saw his parents that much as a kid because they were both high-achieving workaholics."
28. "Your private life eventually becomes a full time job for someone else."
29. "The general guilt that comes with recognizing your privilege."
30. "WiFi doesn't reach across the entire house."
What are some other rich people struggles we missed? Are you rich? Please spare some knowledge in the comments.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to do my laundry. With my own hands. Ugh.
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.