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2012-04-04 11:57:23 PM
And he didn't even have one person killed.
 
2012-04-05 12:42:49 AM
i burn 10% of my money because i'm afraid of getting too rich.
 
2012-04-05 12:44:08 AM
I love the way Subby suggests that maybe the guy had a choice in the matter.
 
zez
2012-04-05 12:44:19 AM
I get nervous when going out for fast food and a worker clears my table. I could never handle being a billionaire.
 
2012-04-05 12:44:45 AM
Hopefully he kept any receipts from that time period. Billionaire's purchases are much more tax deductible than everyone else's.
 
2012-04-05 12:44:47 AM
Actually, I'm not sure I'd be really happy if I had to live that kind of highly structured, carefully monitored life. If I've got so much money and influence that I have to have a bodyguard and a personal assistant with me 24/7 and can't just be by myself...hell, I don't like being with people I LIKE half the time--I couldn't live with someone I didn't really want to be there.

Of course, because of that, I'll never have that kind of money, so I guess it all works out.
 
2012-04-05 12:45:19 AM
I live like a billionaire several days a week.

Howard Hughes.
 
2012-04-05 12:50:24 AM
This article either leaves out that billionaires are responsible for making decisions that impact the lives of thousands, or it underscores that billionaires live a luxurious life without making any important decisions besides whether to order the spinach omelette or the cobb salad.

Some are born into the billionaire world, but many work their way into it. Those that worked their way up would scoff at this guy's day because not once did he do anything important and impactful.
 
2012-04-05 12:51:34 AM
www.clay-collins.com
 
2012-04-05 12:56:19 AM
I'm not rich. I'm free.

/Same thing
 
zez
2012-04-05 12:56:31 AM

austin_millbarge: [www.clay-collins.com image 420x242]


How many would that be at once?

/horrible at math
 
2012-04-05 12:58:30 AM

Mavent: I love the way Subby suggests that maybe the guy had a choice in the matter.


That may be "middle-class " writers license.
 
2012-04-05 01:01:20 AM
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains! This propaganda is nothing more than to keep you under the heels of the capitalists who are exploiting you.....

Oh, wait. You've heard this all before, right? Sure you have. Sorry. Never mind.
 
2012-04-05 01:03:07 AM
I would hope if i ever became extremely wealthy it would not change me, id want to fly under the radar so to speak, i would go for extravagance, id buy a total fark subscription.
 
2012-04-05 01:04:48 AM
FTA: "In the era of the Occupy Wall Street movement, when the global financial elite has been accused of immoral and injurious conduct, we are still obsessed with the lives of the ultrarich. We watch them on television shows, follow their exploits in magazines and parse their books and public addresses for advice. "

No. We don't.

They are splattered all over the media not because we want to know about them. They are there because you continue to shove them down our throats and perpetuate the LIE that the more money, you have, the more worthy of Life that you are.

4.bp.blogspot.comwww.salient-news.com
Sorry, but see the likes of Lee Raymond and Lloyd Blankfein and I see no reason to admire or want to emulate such horrid creatures, despite all the billions that they flaunt around.

In fact, we would really appreciate it very much if you jackoffs in the media would stop deifiying these sleazebags and stop tormenting us about how they live much better, far more undeserved lives than the rest of us.
 
2012-04-05 01:05:17 AM
From the Article:

Still, two hours later, when the billionaire and I touch down in Sea Island, Ga., it's hard to see the similarities. As we deplane, a classic Mercedes convertible is waiting. We jump in, and he ferries me around the resort, with its multimillion-dollar villas and perfectly manicured golf courses.

Everywhere he goes, he gets four-star service. Doors are opened, luggage is carried away wordlessly, and at one point, warm chocolate chip cookies magically appear. When his brakes sputter and his convertible starts spewing smoke, he picks up another Mercedes.

"Somebody's got to live this life," he says, gesturing to the pristine view from his penthouse villa. "God decided it should be me."



My Head Asplode
 
2012-04-05 01:07:57 AM
CLASS FLAME WAR!!!!

/gets popcorn
 
2012-04-05 01:10:45 AM
Feh . . . I spend four months a year living like a billionaire.

/ asleep
 
2012-04-05 01:20:47 AM
Over a spinach omelet,

Wow, so that's what rich people eat.
 
2012-04-05 01:26:42 AM
a middle-class writer isn't a real writer. a real writer freaks out waiting for the postman every day in hopes that there will be a fat check instead of more disconnect notices.
 
2012-04-05 01:28:56 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This article either leaves out that billionaires are responsible for making decisions that impact the lives of thousands, or it underscores that billionaires live a luxurious life without making any important decisions besides whether to order the spinach omelette or the cobb salad.

Some are born into the billionaire world, but many work their way into it. Those that worked their way up would scoff at this guy's day because not once did he do anything important and impactful.


I think some people are driven workaholics who aren't satisfied unless they are continually increasing their position in life and their net worth. Others are happy to have enough to sustain whatever lifetsyle they consider sufficient. I'm guessing (as I've never been in the first group) that both long a little for what the other has: The extremely wealthy wish for a little more spare time, the 'work to live not live to work' crowd wishes for some extra cash in the bank.

Personally, I have no desire to be high profile enough to ever require a bodyguard. I'd love to have enough money that I could just leave it in investments and live extravagantly off of the interest though. I do get a little bit stir crazy towards the end of a week of vacation time, but part of that is because I don't want to spend so much while on vacation that I burn up all of my vacation pay.

If I had enough money that I make more per hour in interest than I generally spend, I'd like to think I could let that go and just live jet-setting from place to place soaking the experience of life in without a care in the world.
 
2012-04-05 01:32:58 AM
Hilarious. This is why you people are poor and I made over a billion dollars last year. When confronted by wealth and success, you run from it. LOL!!!
 
2012-04-05 01:33:59 AM
50,000 initiation fee? 15K per year membership? for a farking breakfast club?

Those people don't give a crap about breakfast, they just want to be seen by other rich people.

I don't give a crap about being seen, being popular, being known, or even cared about or appreciated. I'm happy doing my own thing in obscurity. I'd rather be the man behind the curtain pulling the strings than some center stage rich jack off.
 
2012-04-05 01:37:54 AM
It would be nice to live a life where I didn't ever have to think about money, but I don't think I'd really want to have the kind of money where I'd need to hire private security. I like being able to go when and where I want on my own when I want it, and if I'd have to give up my independence to be that rich it's not worth it to me.

I think I'd be happiest if I was rich enough to own a fleet of supercars, to drop big bucks on bespoke clothes and shoes without thinking about it, and to get into any restaurant or show I want, but not so rich that I'm on anybody's lists of world's richest. Money can't buy anonymity, and I don't want to lose that.
 
2012-04-05 01:40:17 AM
If I had a billion dollars, I'd probably live much the same way I do now, just with a nicer couch. And more porn.
 
2012-04-05 01:41:17 AM

accelerus: 50,000 initiation fee? 15K per year membership? for a farking breakfast club?

Those people don't give a crap about breakfast, they just want to be seen by other rich people.

I don't give a crap about being seen, being popular, being known, or even cared about or appreciated. I'm happy doing my own thing in obscurity. I'd rather be the man behind the curtain pulling the strings than some center stage rich jack off.


The problem is that you have to do things like join expensive breakfast clubs if you're going to get to be the one pulling the strings, because you can't pull strings unless you network your way into important connections and key positions.
 
2012-04-05 01:42:17 AM
www.gatveder.hu
 
2012-04-05 01:43:45 AM

accelerus: 50,000 initiation fee? 15K per year membership? for a farking breakfast club?

Those people don't give a crap about breakfast, they just want to be seen by other rich people.

I don't give a crap about being seen, being popular, being known, or even cared about or appreciated. I'm happy doing my own thing in obscurity. I'd rather be the man behind the curtain pulling the strings than some center stage rich jack off.


Actually a large part of that is specifically for the privilege of shmoozing with decision makers at other companies. The emotional aspect of business is buoyed by these exclusive clubs, and many major decisions are made over racquetball games in these clubs instead of in the board room.

How an executive behaves reflects on the company and the decision whether Company A will do business with Company B is determined based on whether the executives of each company like and respect each other. Being rich is like being in a clique, and in the end, whether you're in or you're out will determine how much business you will eventually do.
 
2012-04-05 01:50:58 AM

Omahawg: a middle-class writer isn't a real writer. a real writer freaks out waiting for the postman every day in hopes that there will be a fat check instead of more disconnect notices.


In the immortal words of Bill Clinton, I feel your pain ; )
 
2012-04-05 01:52:00 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This article either leaves out that billionaires are responsible for making decisions that impact the lives of thousands, or it underscores that billionaires live a luxurious life without making any important decisions besides whether to order the spinach omelette or the cobb salad.

Some are born into the billionaire world, but many work their way into it. Those that worked their way up would scoff at this guy's day because not once did he do anything important and impactful.


Given enough time I'm sure he could close a factory or quell a union rebellion or so.

Eat the rich
 
2012-04-05 01:55:17 AM
Writer - I did it for part of day and was stressed. Thrown into unfamiliar environs I felt uneasy. CONCLUSION: Feel sorry for billionaires. F-U.
 
2012-04-05 01:58:37 AM
Having that much money, or working hard enough to get it, is far too much effort for me. This may be why im not wealthy.

I could very comfortably retire today on 5 mil and even my fantasy list of stuff I would like to own and do with money as no object barely scratches the 100 mil mark. Which means if somehow a billion dollars legally landed in my bank account 900 mil of it would be wasted on me.

Im sure I would get over it though.

/ Spinach omelette? My poor arse can already afford to have one of those every day by cooking it myself.
 
2012-04-05 02:06:04 AM

austin_millbarge:


2,000.

If I were rich enough, I'd travel and play golf nonstop. That's pretty much it. Oh, and 2,000 chicks at the same time
 
2012-04-05 02:19:27 AM

accelerus: 50,000 initiation fee? 15K per year membership? for a farking breakfast club?

Those people don't give a crap about breakfast, they just want to be seen by other rich people.

I don't give a crap about being seen, being popular, being known, or even cared about or appreciated. I'm happy doing my own thing in obscurity. I'd rather be the man behind the curtain pulling the strings than some center stage rich jack off.


Just a little perspective. $50,000 to a billionaire is the equivalent of $0.50 to someone with $100,000 in the bank.
 
2012-04-05 02:21:08 AM

Scopa: accelerus: 50,000 initiation fee? 15K per year membership? for a farking breakfast club?

Those people don't give a crap about breakfast, they just want to be seen by other rich people.

I don't give a crap about being seen, being popular, being known, or even cared about or appreciated. I'm happy doing my own thing in obscurity. I'd rather be the man behind the curtain pulling the strings than some center stage rich jack off.

Just a little perspective. $50,000 to a billionaire is the equivalent of $0.50 to someone with $100,000 in the bank.


You probably need to put that into a bit more perspective for him.

It's like $0.00005 to someone with $10 in the bank.
 
2012-04-05 02:24:50 AM

Greymalkin: I could very comfortably retire today on 5 mil and even my fantasy list of stuff I would like to own and do with money as no object barely scratches the 100 mil mark. Which means if somehow a billion dollars legally landed in my bank account 900 mil of it would be wasted on me.


I think that once you have that much money, you start finding ways to spend it, and then everything becomes more expensive.

Though, on the other hand, I don't know how much I'd really end up spending because other than cars, my biggest ticket if money was no object would be travel, but other than flying first class or private plane and spending more on shopping I don't know if I'd change my travel methods that much. I wouldn't want to stay in luxury hotels because they're all basically the same everywhere in the world. Plus, most of the experiences that you pay megabucks for as part of luxury travel packages can also be done for dirt cheap with more actual experience. And, if I'm paying for drivers and cars to ferry me around, how am I ever going to achieve my goal of getting lost in all of the world's major cities?
 
2012-04-05 02:24:58 AM
FTFA:
"The experiment illuminates a paradox. In the era of the Occupy Wall Street movement, when the global financial elite has been accused of immoral and injurious conduct, we are still obsessed with the lives of the ultrarich. We watch them on television shows, follow their exploits in magazines and parse their books and public addresses for advice. In addition to the long-running list by Forbes, Bloomberg now maintains a list of billionaires with rankings that update every day."

NO
No,
I do not watch them on TV.
No, I do not read about them in magazines or books.
No, I do not read rich lists.
Perhaps by osmosis some of these things reach me but I do not seek it out.
The ultra rich, great for them. Wish I had the dollars they did. But I am not even remotely interested in them. Not in the slightest. And I am tired of the media thinking that I am.
STOP IT NOW.
 
2012-04-05 02:25:31 AM
Middle-class writer lives likebecomes a billionaire's "poor friend" for a day, but says: I'll go back to my normal life. TYVM then writes about how rich people have it hard too because he wants a paycheck.

FTFY.

Let me put it this way, right now I have 5 (minor) chronic health issues that I can define/know about and have yet to see a doctor about any of them. This is because I cannot afford (in time or money) to go get these things looked at. There's a (very slim) chance one of them in cancer, but I can't afford to check and if it is I'm dead whether I know it's coming or not. I haven't been on a date in a year because dating is expensive. I will be in more pain and live less time on this earth because I am not rich. My diet is poorer specifically because cheaper food is less healthy. I have never driven a car younger than a decade old, and if I lose my job tomorrow? I am out on the street along with the unemployed people I am supporting.

And I am, as far as I can tell with the poorly-defined and vague metrics that are used, middle class.

Yeah, it's true. Rich people can be miserable just like poor people. But while a rich person can go to therapy and anti-depressants and learn to find joy in life a poor person with the exact same problem can't afford the therapy or the drugs. Of course they can probably afford METH, which has a similar effect (except for the whole, "rotting your body and having no chance of getting you off the drugs later") so I guess we are all the same. Kumbaya, let me share, oh wait you don't share your caviar. Nevermind sir.
 
2012-04-05 02:34:24 AM
I didn't finish the article...Apparently I care about these people even less than I thought.

Even the spinach omlette sounded boring. Add some feta and sun dried tomatos and we can talk.
 
2012-04-05 02:37:54 AM
How very pedestrian of a billionaire day.

Give me a Sir Richard Branson billionaire sort of day:
Start off the morning Jet skiing in the fountain of the Bellagio (new window)
www.vegasnews.com

Then fly in my spaceship (new window) to the edge of the atmosphere. Maybe set a few world records for something daring, like flying around the world, or taking the fastest boat across the ocean.

Then finish off the day parasailing with nude supermodels (new window, semi-nsfw) at my private island. Then while nude myself, save a hollywood starlet from a fire. (new window)

That's how I would roll as a billionaire.
 
2012-04-05 02:43:59 AM

MrSteve007: How very pedestrian of a billionaire day.

Give me a Sir Richard Branson billionaire sort of day:
Start off the morning Jet skiing in the fountain of the Bellagio (new window)
[www.vegasnews.com image 588x624]

Then fly in my spaceship (new window) to the edge of the atmosphere. Maybe set a few world records for something daring, like flying around the world, or taking the fastest boat across the ocean.

Then finish off the day parasailing with nude supermodels (new window, semi-nsfw) at my private island. Then while nude myself, save a hollywood starlet from a fire. (new window)

That's how I would roll as a billionaire.


So much this. Otherwise what's the point of being a billionaire and putting up with the loss of privacy and anonymity that entails?
 
2012-04-05 02:44:59 AM
It's a shame what happened to that last reporter, the one who said that he'd rather be insanely rich and date a new supermodel every week. He turned out to be an evil wizard alien and all.
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-04-05 02:49:14 AM

rynthetyn: Greymalkin: I could very comfortably retire today on 5 mil and even my fantasy list of stuff I would like to own and do with money as no object barely scratches the 100 mil mark. Which means if somehow a billion dollars legally landed in my bank account 900 mil of it would be wasted on me.

I think that once you have that much money, you start finding ways to spend it, and then everything becomes more expensive.

Though, on the other hand, I don't know how much I'd really end up spending because other than cars, my biggest ticket if money was no object would be travel, but other than flying first class or private plane and spending more on shopping I don't know if I'd change my travel methods that much. I wouldn't want to stay in luxury hotels because they're all basically the same everywhere in the world. Plus, most of the experiences that you pay megabucks for as part of luxury travel packages can also be done for dirt cheap with more actual experience. And, if I'm paying for drivers and cars to ferry me around, how am I ever going to achieve my goal of getting lost in all of the world's major cities?


If i was a billionaire I would build things. There would be hospitals, schools, and libraries named after me all over town. Great for the ego and great for the community! Make yourself immortal! I guess that's what Hearst did. Seems like every in Berkeley has his name on it.
 
2012-04-05 02:50:18 AM
I would never want to be a billionaire. I'd be quite comfy making 100k a year maximum. I grew up poor and never want to be that poor again, but I would rather be poor and to myself than be high-profile and a billionaire with handlers.
 
2012-04-05 02:56:15 AM
That article didn't capture the seething hatred behind the eyes of people sucking the teat of popular culture.

"Oh, you have money? You must be a scum sucking asshole who would sell his own mother for a dime."
 
2012-04-05 03:08:09 AM

Scopa: rynthetyn: Greymalkin: I could very comfortably retire today on 5 mil and even my fantasy list of stuff I would like to own and do with money as no object barely scratches the 100 mil mark. Which means if somehow a billion dollars legally landed in my bank account 900 mil of it would be wasted on me.

I think that once you have that much money, you start finding ways to spend it, and then everything becomes more expensive.

Though, on the other hand, I don't know how much I'd really end up spending because other than cars, my biggest ticket if money was no object would be travel, but other than flying first class or private plane and spending more on shopping I don't know if I'd change my travel methods that much. I wouldn't want to stay in luxury hotels because they're all basically the same everywhere in the world. Plus, most of the experiences that you pay megabucks for as part of luxury travel packages can also be done for dirt cheap with more actual experience. And, if I'm paying for drivers and cars to ferry me around, how am I ever going to achieve my goal of getting lost in all of the world's major cities?

If i was a billionaire I would build things. There would be hospitals, schools, and libraries named after me all over town. Great for the ego and great for the community! Make yourself immortal! I guess that's what Hearst did. Seems like every in Berkeley has his name on it.


He also kinda threw gas on the fires of marijuana prohibition, which usually farks over poor people and minorities. Fark WRH. He was an asshole.

/hopes him and Anslinger are being waterboarded with six month-old bongwater in hell
 
2012-04-05 03:13:41 AM

rynthetyn: Greymalkin: I could very comfortably retire today on 5 mil and even my fantasy list of stuff I would like to own and do with money as no object barely scratches the 100 mil mark. Which means if somehow a billion dollars legally landed in my bank account 900 mil of it would be wasted on me.

I think that once you have that much money, you start finding ways to spend it, and then everything becomes more expensive.

Though, on the other hand, I don't know how much I'd really end up spending because other than cars, my biggest ticket if money was no object would be travel, but other than flying first class or private plane and spending more on shopping I don't know if I'd change my travel methods that much. I wouldn't want to stay in luxury hotels because they're all basically the same everywhere in the world. Plus, most of the experiences that you pay megabucks for as part of luxury travel packages can also be done for dirt cheap with more actual experience. And, if I'm paying for drivers and cars to ferry me around, how am I ever going to achieve my goal of getting lost in all of the world's major cities?


Yeah that is pretty much my point, sure I would fly first class everywhere but, even at 10k a go you can still get a lot of flights in before scraping anything like millions, hotels have always been where I leave my stuff whilst out doing more interesting stuff so 3 star is plenty anywhere.

At most I would only ever own 3 cars, Toyota Landcruiser, a Mini, and only because in this fantasy land i have 100mil, a BMW M3. I can only drive one at a time and they cover everthing I would ever want to do in a car.

I would spend a heck of a lot more on food, but even dropping $1000 per meal in the top 100 restuarants in the world isn't going to stop me enjoying a good thick steak I cook myself. I'm no great chef, but I do enjoy cooking, would spend a fair bit getting training to be better rather than just having others cook it for me.

I suppose that is the core of the issue for me, I enjoy doing things more often than having them done for me, which is why I technically could spend a billion dollars, but have no real interest in doing so.

/ Except maybe spending it on perfecting cryogenic technology, freezing myself until the copyright expires and then making some decent Star Wars prequels.
 
2012-04-05 03:35:01 AM
I don't know why, but if I were a billionaire, I'd build a pyramid out of stone that was twice the size of the ones in Egypt.



/I bet a shrink would have a field day with that one.
 
2012-04-05 03:39:44 AM

rynthetyn: Greymalkin: I could very comfortably retire today on 5 mil and even my fantasy list of stuff I would like to own and do with money as no object barely scratches the 100 mil mark. Which means if somehow a billion dollars legally landed in my bank account 900 mil of it would be wasted on me.

I think that once you have that much money, you start finding ways to spend it, and then everything becomes more expensive.

Though, on the other hand, I don't know how much I'd really end up spending because other than cars, my biggest ticket if money was no object would be travel, but other than flying first class or private plane and spending more on shopping I don't know if I'd change my travel methods that much. I wouldn't want to stay in luxury hotels because they're all basically the same everywhere in the world. Plus, most of the experiences that you pay megabucks for as part of luxury travel packages can also be done for dirt cheap with more actual experience. And, if I'm paying for drivers and cars to ferry me around, how am I ever going to achieve my goal of getting lost in all of the world's major cities?


If you stay in the chains, sure, a Ritz-Carlton is probably the same anywhere, but there are likely some boutique places in most major cities that offer some variety.

I'm with you on travel packages though, tour groups suck. The best thing about vacation is having the choice to have no itinerary. There's no better feeling in the world than waking up in the morning on a day off and realizing that all of the various errands, tasks, bills, and commitments have already been handled. That total freedom to do anything on on my on timetable is beautiful.
 
2012-04-05 03:42:42 AM
"Somebody's got to live this life," he says, gesturing to the pristine view from his penthouse villa. "God decided it should be me."

you arrogant f*ck.
 
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