TOUGH AT THE TOP A BILLIONAIRES LIFE – It’s tough at the top; or at least that’s how the saying goes.
Our perception of billionaires is often one of extreme privilege and one were life’s problems, which affect everyday working folk, have no consequence.
Our perception of the easy life the ultra-wealthy live is so ingrained that a vast number of people regularly purchase one or more lottery tickets in order to get a taste of the champagne lifestyle that these people live.
Is it tough at the top or do billionaires really have a worry-free ride through life with every conceivable pleasure at their finger tips?
Recently Shawn Parker, one of those involved in the success of Facebook, stated that he feels life was much easier before he became a billionaire. You might think this statement to be blasé but let’s stop and consider for a moment what it’s like to be truly wealthy.
If you are like me, that is working a day in, day out and simply scraping by, when was the last time you received a death threat? Come to think of it has anyone ever tried to kidnap you or extort your money through blackmail; apart from the Government that is?
The answer is obviously no because you are unknown; you’re just another face in the masses that trundle to work every day. It’s unlikely you’ve ever been featured in a newspaper and you have no acclaim to fame.
Nearly all billionaires face the constant threat of any number of criminal acts against them. Shawn Parker has stated that he has received a number of death threats and threats of kidnapping and extortion.
There was a time that Shawn Parker could get in his car, nip down to his local supermarket, do a bit of shopping and nobody would have looked at him twice. Nowadays any movement requires a team of security experts to keep him safe.
Jumping on that private jet that will whisk you away is no mean feat; for starters the private jet must be equipped to avoid air-to-air and ground-to-air attacks. On top of that staff on-board, including those flying the plane must be properly and thoroughly vetted in order to reduce any security risk.
If you don’t feel safe in the air there’s always the private super yacht; what could be a safer environment than being away from it all in the middle of the ocean?
The fact is that being on a yacht is one of the most dangerous places you can be; you are in the middle of the ocean where help could take days to arrive and the high seas are full of pirates waiting to loot your yacht and possibly kill those on-board.
Super yachts these days are fitted with all manner of security devices from pressure sensitive decks that will track your every movement, bullet proof windows and even full military style defence systems.
So a billionaire is not safe in the air or at sea and even doing a little shopping is perilous. Well there’s no place like home; or that’s what they say and our homes are the place that offers us the most security.
For the billionaire the home is often more akin to a fortress; is can in some cases be viewed as little more than a prison – although a very luxurious one.
Billionaires spend vast amounts of money to ensure that they home and the ground it occupies is secure. From panic rooms, underground shelters, sophisticated intruder deterrents and 24/7 security personnel; a billionaires home is extremely well fortified.
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I often wonder why people who win the lottery announce their win publicly; for me this is madness – you might as well paint a target on your back for every nut job out there.
For millionaires and even multi-millionaires these people can often slip under the net of the public eye and lead almost normal lives. However for billionaires their lives change once they hit the ‘Forbes’ list as they are thrown, kicking and screaming in many cases, into the public light.
I’ve never been wealthy but like many I often wonder what it must be like to live in a stunning home, travel in a private jet and sip champagne on a super yacht. Whilst I write regularly I am not a fan of being well-known; I simply have no desire for fame and cherish the anonymity I have and for me losing this would be a terrible thing.
I certainly wouldn’t mind the champagne lifestyle but I really wouldn’t want my life cocooned in a security bubble where I was constantly on alert from an unknown threat.
I can therefore only conclude that life really is tough at the top.
For a true insight as to the security measures the ultra-rich take watch the video above, it really is an entertaining insight.
Do you think billionaires have an easier life? Would you relish the chance to live a billionaire lifestyle? Please leave your comments below.