"She Just Expected Me To Pay Off Her Debt": Wealthy People Are Confessing The "Rich People Problems" They Usually Keep To Themselves, And It's Surprising
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Note: This post contains mentions of domestic and family abuse, drug use, and suicide.
"More money, more problems" was all I could think of as many across the internet agreed that the recent winner of the $2 billion Powerball jackpot should remain anonymous. It's well known that excess money comes with excess problems, and that's just the tip of the iceberg, as I learned while writing about wealthy people professing their "rich people problems."
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And even more rich people or those associated with them came forward, adding their own sufferings that came with wealth:
1. "My wife and I are fortunate to be financially healthy. One of my closest longtime friends has financial problems. I feel that I have to be careful when talking about financial matters, so I never discuss my financial situation with her. Once after lunch we went to a shoe store. She just browsed while I ended up buying two pairs of shoes and a few other items. They were moderately expensive but certainly not fancy. As we left the store, she said something like, 'Boy, I wish I could afford shoes like that.' She didn't say it in a hateful way, but my problem was how do I even respond to a comment like that?"
"I didn't really spend an exorbitant amount of money, just a little over $300, but given her financial situation, she needs to think long and hard before spending that much money on a nonessential purchase.
2. “Family expects you to pay for everything when you are rich. In my experience, even your own family will side with the couple's wealthier partner when things go wrong. Money destroys families. It destroyed mine.”
3. "I grew up in a wealthy family and was raised in an abusive home. Police and social services flatly refused to investigate, either because they were afraid of my family's money or simply couldn't believe that Reich was successful. Educated people could be abusers."
"So yes, there are real downsides."
4. "I went to high school with so many rich kids and now I work with some wealthy clients. I've had ridiculously wealthy women who never worked a day in their lives and broke down in meetings dealing with the possible loss of their partner to dementia. and no idea how to manage this financial sum alone. I had rich friends whose parents cheated on each other before them.”
"I don't expect the rich to have exactly the same problems, but it's really heartbreaking that after working the same number of hours as them, 90% of my income is eaten up by life's basic necessities."
5. "I used to work for a tax attorney who represents rich people. It's so much work to manage the amount of money they have. I'm amazed at the amount a rich person can spend on a lawyer each month ($40,000 is no problem) just to move their money from business to business so they don't have to pay taxes. It costs thousands of dollars to do their taxes. I think the multi-million dollar refund checks are worth it."
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6. "One of the doctors I work with let his son die at the age of 22. It was terrible and he was destroyed. Decent people were heartbroken to him, although some cruel people suggested he was rich and it was about time he had something He's a doctor who works 60 hour weeks and literally saves lives, but because he has money, shouldn't he get upset, his son died? Yes, many rich people's problems are nonsense, but it's hard, if not rare, to be able to trust people. It just doesn't suit me to diminish someone's loss.
7. "If you're generous, I've found that eventually people will expect you to pay for things. A few years ago I had a close friend who was getting divorced and needed financial help. I took her to the grocery store and bought her a few hundred dollars worth of groceries for her and her son to eat. I gave her $1,500 for an apartment deposit and paid another $1,500 for her first month's rent. A few days later she called and asked if I could loan her a few thousand more dollars - I gave her $3,000 in cash and told her not to worry. Later in the month, she complained about debts she had to pay off: "I didn't want to voluntarily pay it for her, she got mad at me and let me know. After that she cut off communication with me. At first I didn't mind asking her help, but our last interaction felt like she was just treating me like an ATM."
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"When I gave her the $3,000 in cash, she barely thanked me. It was like she just expected me to give it to her because I'm 'rich.'"
8. "I've worked with a lot of wealthy people as a ghostwriter. Several of my clients died by suicide. They were overcome with stress, guilt, pressure and a lack of basic human contact. Most people seek wealth and think they are more entitled to it than those who have it. That takes a toll. Growing up poor in an affluent neighborhood, I saw firsthand how isolating wealth can be. I've seen how trying to give it up meant alienating the family when they already had no friends because no one in their life really cared about them. On top of that, her family was mad at her for 'behaving too well for her' and giving away the money."
9 “I used to work in a domestic violence shelter. We had so many women from wealthier families who needed help escaping because the other spouse had all the money and although everyone thought they had access to it, they didn't. They did you don't even have enough for a cab ride out there. If they tried to call the cops to their abusers, nine times out of ten the cops would apologize to the abuser and leave. None of their "friends" would help them because they "didn't want to lose their status or risk being sued. One told me how her staff were paid extra to make sure she didn't leave without her abusers." found out about it. I remember a client telling me her abuser was threatening to send her on 'a cruise around the world' and that it would be years before anyone wondered what happened to her. It was shocking .”
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10. "My father worked very hard to get where he is today and our financial situation is much better than my parents' when they were growing up. He made a lot of money hoping he can donate a lot to charity but now all he sees is that the money he wanted to give to orphanages, schools etc is deducted as income tax interest.Since I'm still in school and my sister is in college he doesn't really have much money to give to places he's passionate about. He feels a tremendous amount of guilt, and it's very justified.
"He still does what he can, like teaching underprivileged children for free and other volunteer work, but it's not enough to satiate his desire for more charity."
11. "Fair weather friends, literally. My family had a beach house and people made a big deal out of coming to our house for the weekend. Then, when it starts raining, they pack up. Take what you will with the metaphor. "
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12. "Nobody outside my home would help because I was in a rich family. And my private life was so bad. When I went to school counselors for help, they didn't call the authorities. They called my parents. I was repeatedly referred to my abusers and brought back. People just thought I was a spoiled nuisance. That was not me. I need help."
“People assume that when you have money, including the kids, your life just has to be peachy. That wasn't true for me. I got away with not even a dime.
All of this took a lot out of me. I ended up poor but worked my way back to 'comfortable'."
13. "My family was rich, I wasn't. My parents grew up poor and became rich with just a high school education. The pressure to do the same was immense. Her famous line was, 'Just because I can afford it doesn't mean you'll get it.' My father refused to pay for my education. I worked three jobs to pay for school because I wasn't eligible for student loans and definitely no financial aid. They expected so much from me and were more bullies than parents."
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"I felt that my friends or my parents' friends who witnessed the abuse justified it because of the house I lived in. In a house this big, the neighbors don't hear you scream at the top of your lungs.
I'm still living with the lasting effects of living in this house."
14. "So many people like to say, 'The problems of the rich aren't real problems,' and even call themselves mental health advocates, and then totally dismiss the very legitimate problems of wealthy people just because of their net worth. Issues with isolation, self-worth, and not being able to make honest connections because people are using you are very real."
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"Any type of mental health fight is a real mental health fight, regardless of your socioeconomic status."
When you come into contact with wealthy people, what are some of their "rich people's problems" that they bring up? And if you are rich, what is one issue in your own life that you feel is not being taken seriously? Let us know in the comments (or via this anonymous Google form if you want to be discreet).
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