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Richistan : A Journey through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich-US-
ISBN:9780307339263 (Hard cover book)
Frank, Robert /Publisher:Crown Pub Published 2007/06
Table of Contents
Introduction The Birth of a Nation 1 (12)
Butler Boot Camp 13 (24)
Housetraining the New Rich
The Third Wave 37 (16)
The Era of the Instapreneur
Making It 53 (12)
Ed Bazinet, King of the Ceramic Village
Living It 65 (16)
Losing It 81 (14)
Barbarians in the Ballroom 95 (26)
Vew Money vs. Old
Size Really Does Matter 121(36)
``My Boat Is Bigger Than Your Boat''
Performance Philanthropy 157(24)
Giving for Results
Move Over Christian Coalition 181(22)
The New Political Kingmakers
Worried Wealth 203(16)
The Trouble with Money
We'll Always Hake Paris
The Wealth Gap and the Future of Richistan 239(12)
Why Richistan? Why Now?
Today marks the release of my book Richistan, so I thought I’d answer two questions many of you have emailed me over the past few weeks: “What’s with the title?” and “What’s so new about the rich getting richer?”
The title comes from a chance meeting I had a few years ago at a yacht show in Florida. I was walking along the docks, marveling at hundreds of giant boats parked in the marina. I had seen plenty of yachts before, but never so many at once. I got to talking with a yacht owner from Texas, and as he looked out over the boats he said: “You look at all these boats and you’d think everyone was making loads of money. It’s like it’s a different country.”
The words stuck with me. The wealthy weren’t just getting wealthier — they were forming their own virtual country. They were wealthier than most nations, with the top 1% controlling $17 trillion in wealth. And they were increasingly building a self-contained world, with its own health-care system (concierge doctors), travel system (private jets, destination clubs) and language. (”Who’s your household manager?”) They had created their own breakaway republic — one I called Richistan.
As a former foreign correspondent, I decided to cover Richistan just as I would cover another country. I wouldn’t judge the rich as heroes or villains, any more than I would judge Indonesians when covering Indonesia. My job would simply be to tell the reader what their world is like and what’s happening there.
Why now? As the chart over there on the right shows, never before have so many Americans become so rich so quickly. The number of millionaire households at every level ($1 million, $10 million, $100 million) has more than doubled over the past decade. And there are no signs that the wealth explosion will slow.
The real story behind all this wealth, however, isn’t in the numbers. It’s in the people, and how they’re changing the culture and character of wealth in America. Richistan is largely about a country in flux — one in which Old Money is being shoved aside by self-made entrepreneurs, philanthropy is changing from passive check-writing to “high-engagement philanthropy,” and the progressive new rich are changing the politics of wealth. Most of all, Richistan is about the entertaining way that today’s rich are making, spending, donating and living with their wealth. (Like the guy in my book who has a house staff of 105 people.)
Yes, the rich have been getting richer for ages. But increasingly, Richistan is driving our economy, our culture and our spending habits. Or, as John Kenneth Galbraith once said, “Of all the classes, the wealthy are the most noticed and the least studied.”I hope Richistan will help advance that study — and provide some fun stories along the way.