Most of us will never know what it’s like to be rich, let alone ultra-wealthy. Billionaires and even many millionaires just live in a different type of world than the rest of us, dropping thousands or millions of dollars without batting an eye.
And some of the things they spend that money on are just so outrageously extravagant that it’s hard to wrap your head around it. We’re not talking a $300 bottle of wine that never even gets finished, but genuine extravagance.
As that type of life is unfathomable to the majority of us normies, people on Reddit who have seen it up close and personal are sharing some of the most ridiculous things they’ve seen the hyper-rich drop wads of cash on, and some of these will definitely blow your mind.
My dad’s client bought a whole block of houses to build theirs. It is so wide that they installed a moving walkway like the ones at airports.
A friend did some work on Sylvester Stallone’s home. Apparently there’s a ton of statues and art of himself, some of which are naked and very well endowed.
A woman who owned a small private jet business told me one time someone paid them to fly their dog (by itself) to NY for about $45,000 for some training. No other passengers.
My brother dealt with many of [the Saudia Arabian royal family’s] jets. One had a full on surgery room and there was a guy who traveled with him at all times to be his organ donor. I wish I was making this up.
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 is was about to land on the lawn.
A friend from high school worked a few years as a deck hand on yachts in the Mediterranean and he said he once jumped in to get a customer’s bag and got tipped €4000. He also observed actual bricks of coke brought onto P Diddy’s yacht.
Used to be a House keeper for some of the wealthier people in my city. The best thing I have ever seen is the wife of a rich guy or something of that sort had custom suits of armour made for her cats. She had them displayed along with tiny suits of armour for mice.
I used to ‘work’ for an Arab billionaire’s son, a Daddy’s money guy, terrible garbage human being. Once saw him spend $16 000 on a wallet, was a fancy one with little gold spikes on it and stuff. He had shoes with gold on them.
Was a boyfriend of 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.
I used to petsit. I remember a rich person asking me to petsit their cat. There was a lot of TVs, in almost every room. The weirdest was the bathroom. Sorry, cat bathroom. There was a TV playing cat cartoons, an overly fancy litter box and paintings of cats.
Craziest thing I’ve seen – brand new 90 metre multimillion pound (GBP) yacht was built in Netherlands. Maiden voyage to Antibes in France. Owner came onboard and left after a few hours. Next week we get sent to Genoa Italy, where all the bathrooms onboard were ripped out and upgraded.
I briefly worked with one of the top Saudi Arabian crown princes in the 80’s. He would buy out the top three floors of the best hotels (Four Seasons etc); two floors were for maids/help/security, top floor was for the Royal family… once it was only the prince and his three wives. Crazy shit.
My partner once helped build a $350,000 PERGOLA. Built from I wanna say something like mahogany imported from Fiji because they couldn’t source solid beams from anywhere else? And we’re in the middle of the Midwest. It was then PAINTED because the color didn’t suit the homeowner.
This was ages ago, I worked in a DVD store a woman came in with five A4 pages (double sided) of movie titles and just asked me to fetch what we had. I ran about and collected DVDs and Blu-rays close to 1k worth. I asked what they were for – she was a PA for a billionaire and getting then for his yacht.
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 that they have hanging on their walls once they find out that I study it. I remember one time standing in a bathroom, with my dirty gardening clothes and there was a Picasso above the toilet.
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.
Worked at a restauraunt where a few of the regulars were the children of billionaires. “I told my parents that my tuition costs $500,000” – a student (from china, in america) i overheard after being asked how she has so much money. Another time i was serving a table i was asked to bring a tray of sixty patron shots ($600, for a 19 year old student) i must have had an incredulous look on my face because his only response to assuage my concern was “my father owns diamond mines in africa.”