Wednesday, March 21, 2012
What Do Rich People Talk About?
I love this question. And they do talk about the damnedest things. Here's a few juicy items I've overheard at cocktail parties:
- How much longer they have to live, according to their actuaries!
- Who's the best lawyer in town to break a prenuptial agreement?
- "Is your runway long enough for a weekend visit?"
- "Is that from Cartier's? Or did you find it in a taxi?"
In general, however, conversations among the rich (whether at intimate cocktail parties or huge events) are seemingly limited to trivial topics: the weather, wines, cigars, the best caterer in town, hors d'oeuvre recipes - and non-stop, profuse compliments upon their evening's attire, hair styles and the selected jewelry for the evening.
One of the funniest conversations I ever heard was when the Missus, during a late-afternoon cocktail party, escorted our local Grand Dame out onto the terrace. (It was autumn, and fall colors were at their peak - reds, pinks, purple, yellow and gold - absolutely beautiful.)
Said the slightly inebriated Grand Dame, "Your grounds are lovely, my dear. Who does your trees?"
Now, you will rarely hear rich people talk about their money, or their success. In fact, using a cocktail party or event to network (such as handing out a business card) is frowned upon, if not altogether forbidden.
And you will never, ever hear the rich talk about their illnesses or medical problems! As every human being has their own ailments, not only is this the most boring conversation known to mankind - but among the rich, any mention of ill health can collapse fortunes, frighten investors and possibly bring about social ostracism.
Having said that, they have no problem at all talking about their nips and tucks: "Who did it? Where? How long was your recovery?"
And one final thought: you rarely hear politics discussed, unless it is absolutely certain that everyone in the room is of like mind. Political debate is simply not an option at social functions.
Hope this shed some light, and as always, thanks for reading.