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Anonymity a Sheild for Not Being Hounded

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mylollipop

As I reviewed the Forbes list of the top billionaires in the US, I wondered if any of them are ever hounded for money.  IF they are, I have never heard of it, nor do I hear of their family members being kidnapped for ransom money.  Just never heard it.  Then the millionaires in the nine figures, never heard of them being harassed either.  If I ever won, maybe I would say, I" will match what (whatever millionaire or billionaire I chose) gives you."  If the billionaire complied....Oh the problems of having money. and me and my big mouth!ROFL LOL!

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Honestly, I've never gave it much thought whether any billionaires or millionaires are hounded. I don't really keep track of the Forbes list or anything. However, I am sure that those people who are in that status group have been harassed or bothered once or twice.

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lottocalgal

Both millionaires and billionaires are hounded. Probably on a constent basis.  Maybe not an influx of reporters in one day like a lottery winner.  But I know that they are hounded by the charities all the time for donations.  They are the main target.  Think about Palm Beach FL.  being the capital for charity donations.  As for kidnapping, yes I know of one case where a hedgefund(sp?) manager, who makes over $800 million (yes thats the right amt.) per year.  He was kidnapped for a $1 million dollar randsom.  They were caught and he was unharmed.  But of course the wealthy and/or powerful are almost never alone so I guess as a rule kidnapping of them is difficult. 

And I thought I was the only person who followed the forbes lists.

I read the full articles in the magazine as well.  It gives fantastic financial advice, but I must admit, reading about the personal, sometimes rags to riches stories are inspirational as well.

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tntea

With that kind of money you have to readjust who you hang out with.  If you stay with those of your status, then you would not have to worry about being hounded.

 

I wouldn't want to give up the friends I have now.   I can call any when in need, and they can call me.

Hubby and I jackpot dreamed last night.   He hardly ever talks about what he would like to see done.  He said he had 15 friends he wanted to give a Million Dollars.   I was surprised.  Then again I should have figured. He does have a big heart.

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tntea

Hubby and I have several friends who have made it big.   Either through wills or through hard work and business sense.

Hubby has about 30 friends who he has kept up with since high school.  Of the 30 their are probably 8 millionaires in the mix now.

The group gets together twice a year as a whole and in little groups throughout.

No one is treated any different from the rest.  The rich aren't hounded and neither do they put down the rest of us who made less than a million in the year 2007. 

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LuckyLilly

A couple years ago a handyman that worked for David Letterman was arrested for plotting to kidnap Letterman's son for ransom.  Tntea, it's impossible to associate with only those of your financial status unless you never need plumbing or yardwork, or car repairs done.

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Do you remember when the grandson of J.P. Getty was kidnapped in the 70s?  They demanded a $17 million ransom.  The kidnappers cut off his ear and mailed it to the family.   

Speaking of this family, I saw an interview on TV a long time ago...one of those Barbara Walters shows.  Her guest that night was J. Paul Getty Jr.  Anyway, if I recall, she asked if he receives letters from people who are needy.  He said it happened all the time, but that he started a private foundation to which he donated to causes he believed were important and had a secretary who handled other charities. In England he was respected as a generous philanthropist.  I remember this show because of something he said to her.  She was asking about people who write and say "my child needs an operation" and he answered "I can't play God." 

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Coin Toss

How about Osma Bin Laden? At one time he was worth$600,000,000.

Not to condone what he stands for, but I don't see any Warren Buffets or Bill Gates hiding out in caves in the mountains for a cause.

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justxploring

"With that kind of money you have to readjust who you hang out with.  If you stay with those of your status, then you would not have to worry about being hounded."

 

So you are saying what....that you should dump your not-so-fortunate friends and relatives?   

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Coin Toss

Well, Credence Clearwater Didn't (Fortunate Son)

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ThatScaryChick

With that kind of money you have to readjust who you hang out with.  Ifyou stay with those of your status, then you would not have to worryabout being hounded.

I would and could never give up my family and friends that I have now if I won a jackpot. Those who are in my life at the moment are the same people I want in my life after. 

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four4me

Anyone who reaches for a certain status in life and makes the grade can expect to be troubled by the less fortunate. This includes the boss or owners of a company while maybe not a millionaire or billionaire because he or she has reached a certain platform people tend to think they might be a soft touch or wiser wealthier than the rest of the community.

There are few ways a person with millions or billions can hide. Unless he or she lives within a certain dollar factor like a pauper.

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LuckyLilly
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True, but I think it must be worse for a lottery winner because people perceive that the winner's money was "free" therefore they should be willing to share it.  I've had a clerk expect me to share a lousy $100 win with her.  I've never seen a clerk ask for a share of a $1000 paycheck as they cashed it.  I assume because paychecks are considered "earned & deserved" whereas wins are not.

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There is absolutely no reason to become a recluse.  They have been making millionaires all around the world every day. Thank you world wide lottery!  How many can you name off the top of your head? How many can you find in an hour?  There are cities jam packed with millionaires. Some places, you cannot even buy property because of the number of rich people.  Joe-Crook driving up the side streets of Rush Limbaugh's house in Palm Beach is gonna get about two blocks before his 2001 Chevy is pulled over. Plus, the rich buy alarms systems that come with instant response. The super-rich (like Oprah) have guards at the 15-foot gates around the palace. Do they get hounded with requests for give-aways. SURE! Do they read them? NOPE! They have "people" to handle that small time activity. Trach companys make fortunes off of hauling away junk mail.
Do you have to change friends? No you don't, but be prepared to pay their way for everything.  They can't afford the lifestyle you WILL become used to. It is always published that "they will not change" and a year later, they changed. Money changes people. NO? Go look up those lottery winners who would not change, and a year later you can't find them, they are gone. It is called comfort.  Those friends from last year, can't keep up with you, and sooner or later, they become scroungers or become left behind. Not Mom & Pop, but Mike from the supermarket is no longer seeing you at the store. Yes, money changes you. If it don't, you're dead!

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lottocalgal

Hey MFYL

I think  its the people around you who change first.  They expect you to fund their way through life and yes, I think people who receive lucky financial windfalls are then forced to change and/or become a recluse just so they can have the peace that they lived prior the their luck changing.  Now I don't mean  the purchasing of "things" thats not a life change  its something you do.  Im talking about buying a home in a gated community, stop hanging around friends or even having contact with family that become freeloaders and yes even quitting their jobs.  Because let's face we all want to leave our jobs, we just can't afford to.
I think you change after  those around you change and force it upon you.

Just my personal opinion.

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