People who have worked for the mega-wealthy are revealing the wildest, weirdest, and just plain stupidest things their employers have done with their money — and it will serve as your daily reminder to eat the rich (or, at least, tax the shit out of them).
2."I remember a rich person asking me to petsit their cat. There were a lot of TVs, in almost every room. The weirdest was in the bathroom. Sorry, the cat's bathroom. There was a TV playing cat cartoons, an overly fancy litter box, and paintings of cats."
3."I live near a company that builds yachts. One day, there was an odd-looking yacht. A crew member explained to me that it was a 'shadow yacht.' You see, when you get hyper-rich and have multiple yachts, you wouldn't want to ruin the aesthetic of your nice yachts with your jet skis and helicopters. Nor would you want your crew to sleep on the nice yacht. So you buy a shadow yacht to store your toys and house your crew. This shadow yacht follows your fleet of nice yachts around."
4."Some extremely wealthy people I know have a more acute sense of their own time and mortality, leading to impatience. Like, they understand how awesome their lives are and therefore how short they feel. I knew a guy whose vintage yacht broke down before summer, so he bought another one strictly for that upcoming summer. His reasoning was he likely had 20 full-health summers left in his life and didn’t want to spend one of them without a boat, considering he had the means to. Honestly, can’t argue with that logic."
5."I used to work for a company that modified aircrafts for really rich people. To me, one of the most exquisite features of these planes wasn’t the gold-plated everything or rare wood veneers. It was the silk carpet. That stuff cost over $1,000 per square foot and feels like walking on a bed of angel feathers harvested in the most inhumane way possible."
7."[I dated] a girl from an obscenely rich family. The sister used to have the nanny (who was sleeping with the husband, but that's another story) fly to Paris in their G550 to buy the newest Hermès bag so she could show it off a few days before it went on sale in the US."
8."Hired someone to take his credit card and create for him a whole fake and very expensive trip to Europe, so he could go to Mexico with his mistress during that same time. Was in the middle of a divorce and he didn’t want any evidence of his affair affecting the proceedings, so he had someone create a whole alibi."
9."I'm a driving instructor, and one group rented the track to drive their supercars for the day. At the end of the day, they all partnered up and got into the cars to leave. After they were gone, we realized that they had forgotten their Lamborghini Aventador at the track."
10."My great uncle was VERY well off. He did not have a guest house. It was a guest mansion. Separate from his mansion. In case his kids dropped by. This does not include the Olympic-sized indoor pool. That was a separate building. He bought a cannon. He used it to shoot the mountain behind his house. He shot brand-new special bowling balls out of it. They cost 100 bucks per ball."
11."Family friends were having marital issues. Their marriage counselor figured out a lot of their problems were over cooking meals. The counselor reminded them that they are rich and can just cater all their meals, and it would be cheaper than getting a divorce. They listened to the counselor and now are happily married again."
12."I used to work for a billionaire Russian family as a tutor for their daughter. One day, we’re in her room studying and suddenly she yells, 'Daddy’s home!' and runs to the window. She’d heard a helicopter and knew it was about to land on the lawn."
13."My wife's aunt and uncle were busy the entire day of their 25th anniversary and returned home at about 9 p.m. Decided that the kids needed a bit of fun, so they booked a private jet to Moscow (they live in Paris) and spent a week there."
14."I used to ‘work’ for a billionaire’s son. Terrible, garbage human being. Once saw him spend $16,000 on a wallet. I remember one year for his birthday, he received like 30+ cakes — big, fancy cakes — and he told us to leave them on the floor in the hallway outside his room. We walked by those cakes every day for two weeks waiting for instruction. After the two weeks, we were told to throw them away."
15."My cousin was a caretaker for one of those Beverly Hills rich ladies. My cousin didn't know how to cook. So the lady flew a chef from Paris first class and had him set up in a hotel. All the chef did was come to her place every day and teach my cousin to cook."
16."I had clients who lived right outside NYC. They were 'new money' in an area that was mostly old money. Hated their neighbors, but played nice face-to-face. Every time the neighbor's wife would buy something and try to show it off, they would buy a more expensive/rare version, or buy two of the same if that wasn't possible. The vast majority of it was displayed in the front room. Client's wife called it the 'fuck off' room."
18."I am an art student working as a gardener. We work in one of the wealthiest areas in my country. Some customers are really eager to show me their collection of artworks once they find out I study it. I remember one time standing in a bathroom in my dirty gardening clothes, and there was a Picasso above the toilet."
19."I worked at a low-end retail store and had a rich woman spend $1,500 on clothes. She didn't try any of them on, and she filled two shopping carts. As I was ringing her up, she told me that she hated clothes shopping. She would occasionally just buy a bunch of random stuff and put it in her closet, and anything she didn't like as she was getting dressed, she would simply THROW AWAY."
20."I briefly worked as a consultant for a family with a nine-figure USD net worth. Everyone in the family would travel by their own car to meetings, even if they traveled to and from the same place. They also employed separate concierges for each of the family members. They were all paid top dollar."
22."An acquaintance of mine was building a house for a married couple who hated each other, but the husband was far too wealthy to get divorced. They had separate elevators installed so they would never worry about ever having to see each other!"
23."One [wealthy] guy I cook for wanted his house built so that his bedroom was right above the cow barn, with a retractable spot in the floor so he could fall asleep listening to (and smelling, I presume) the cows."
24."A Saudi prince wanted to buy this new Jaguar that had been released. I believe the final price was something like $125K for the vehicle. Then came the decision for color. At the time, the factory had 16 different color choices for this model. The prince asked if he could sleep on it. The next morning, he was like, 'I figured out an acceptable solution to my color dilemma... I'll order one of each color.'"