You may realize that there are some rich people in the world. You may be vaguely aware that there are some really rich people in your general vicinity. You may even be one of those rich people. In fact, by the end of this list, you will know exactly which category you fall into. If you read this list, and you keep asking yourself what sort of person wouldn’t have a heated driveway, then you almost certainly fall into the rich category. If, on the other hand, you read this list, and you don’t recognize a single thing, or the items on this list just seem downright ludicrous, then you probably fall into the not-so-rich category. Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of wealthy people who don’t do the whole heated driveway thing. We realize that being rich doesn’t mean you have to flaunt it. And if that’s you…mad props. But generally speaking, if you’re rich, you do as the rich do.
Now, speaking to those of you in the not-so-rich camp, get ready to have your minds slightly contorted as you witness what the rich people do with their extra cash. These are 25 Surprising Things Rich People Buy That Will Probably Shock You!
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Multiple copies of the same thing
Phones, TV’s, cars…who needs insurance when you can just buy three of the same thing?
Fine art insurance
Supposedly this counts not just for natural disasters but for social disturbances and riots as well. They have your artwork covered. (see Chubb Insurance)
Private lessons from pro-athletes or other famous people
Pretty much just to say they did.
Valet parking keys
They won’t let your car go above a certain speed.
Note: Truly rich people with $150,000 cars will hand the keys over to a valet like it’s nothing, because to them…it’s not. They’ll just get another car. It’s usually the fakers with $80,000 Corvettes that they couldn’t afford who buy valet keys.
Theme parks for a day
Imagine how spoiled you would be if your parents did this for your birthday.
The I Am Rich App
It’s an app that used to cost $999.99 but did absolutely nothing. Not surprisingly, it was quickly removed from the app store.
Books by the foot to make your home library look better
The Strand in New York does this. The books are usually old encyclopedias that you would never read. But they have really nice spines.
A car just for the weekend
It’s either antique, luxury, or sport.
Usually to make an appearance at a party or dinner of some sort.
If you’re going to have that much money, you should obviously act like a lady or gentleman.
Personalized hotel rooms
When rich people check out of a hotel, the staff will sometimes go in and inventory everything, take pictures, and then set the room up exactly as the rich person wants it.
Want to know more surprising things that rich people buy? Check out 25 Crazy Things Rich People Bought Just Because They Could.
Professional picture hangers
Because when you have a thousand pictures…
You never know how much the ransom will be.
Accountants (emphasis on the plural)
Turbo Tax is hard when you have 10 K-1’s. Besides, Turbo Tax won’t find the “loopholes” or stash your money in an account down in Panama.
Technically this isn’t something you buy…rich students just get them. Or they ask for them.
As in, “I want to take my private jet to Greece, but I want my Ferrari to be waiting for me when I arrive.”
Taxis that look like ambulances on the outside to avoid traffic
There were even protests against rich people doing this in Moscow.
Basically hidden walls that keep your horses out of your garden.
These are hand-made phones for rich people that most people have never even heard of (~$20,000). To make you poor folks feel better though, the phones are actually a joke in terms of technical specifications. They just look nice. Supposedly.
Chocolates that don't have a diagram explaining what you're eating
Chocolates with diagrams are for poor folks.
Rent disabled people at Disney World to skip lines
The theme park has since taken measures to stop this.
Rides to space
For $20 million you can get a ride to the International Space Station.
Nothing that you wouldn't buy (only applies to some extremely rich people)
We’re including this on our list because some of the richest people in the world drive cars that would make them look like hillbillies. In fact, in many cases, it’s the young new money (athletes, actors, etc) that live the flashy lives.
Employment practices liability
This is for when people who work on your estate (servants, etc) accuse you of sexual harassment.
Take this however you want.