As a butler for a billionaire, I'm often asked if I'm well paid for the work I do.
At this particular time in human history, rich people (in most parts of the world) do not have slaves, and must pay dearly for someone to accommodate their unending and extravagant needs.
In ancient Persia, Greece and Rome, I might be working just for food and shelter. But in modern times, things are a little different.
While food and shelter are still provided, now there must be a handsome cash salary as well. (You can hit this link "Household Manager Salaries" to see the range.)
In my case, "shelter" is a nice apartment here on the estate (separate from the house), that also includes:
-Free electricity / utilities.
-Washer and Dryer.
-Free Cable (with all premium channels which I never have time to watch!) Ha!
-Free corporate iPhone!
-Bonuses, tips, and gifts.
-Left-over beluga caviar (Ha!)
So all in all, it's not a bad deal. But you have to be willing to put up with endless, endless drama!
Rich people have the capability, the money and sometimes the media focus to create the most astonishing, never-ending, self-inflicted dramas that simply take your breath away! Ha!
UPDATE: March 27, 2011
In answer to a flurry of emails from those interested in domestic service, yes, I completely forgot to mention that full health care and 401K plans are part of the package. Most homes on this scale are set up like corporations with full corporate benefits, even Workman's Comp.
And yes, there is holiday pay, sick days, and vacation pay included. However, whether or not you get to actually use your vacation time is very tricky. Ha!