Top 10 ways the super rich live nothing like you do
We know the super rich live completely different than we do, which got us thinking ... how do you know when you're SUPER RICH? From the largest home in America to Ferraris worth millions, "Secret Lives" has seen it all and "The Secret Lives" team has come up with a list of our top 10 favorites.
By Jamie Corsi
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10. You have a luxury shower ... just for your dog
It's a must have for super rich pet owners who want to pamper their pooch: a custom built doggy shower. From California to New York, the super rich are installing these in their mega-homes so their four-legged friends can be bathed in style. The canine shower can even be customized to the exact height of the lucky pooch. We found this high-end dog shower in a mansion in Alpine, N.J., known as "Stone Mansion." What else did we find in Stone Mansion? See No. 7 in our countdown.
9. Your mega-mansion comes complete with a 24-car garage
Only our cameras were allowed inside a super-secret mega-mansion in Los Angeles. It is so exclusive we could not share the street name or neighborhood where the home is located. The owner's representative tells us he wouldn't part with it for less than $150 million. The hill-top property includes five buildings, 28 bedrooms, 36 bathrooms, a hair salon and this 24-car garage. Check out our No. 3 to see what else we found in this mega-mansion.
8. You’re building an exact replica of the Titanic
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer says he is building a full-size replice of the Titanic, he calls it Titanic II. He's not saying how much he'll spend, but based on the size and amenities, CNBC Wealth Editor Robert Frank estimates it has to cost at least $600 million to build such an enormous ship. Our cameras were at the press conference when Palmer announced he's had 16 people offer to pay between $750,000 and a million dollars to get on board the maiden voyage. And for the lucky few who set sail on Titanic II, Palmer said the ticket price includes period costumes.
7.The moldings in your home are painted in 18-karat gold
This mega-mansion is located in one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in America, 07620, Alpine, N.J. The super home has it all and then some, 12 bedrooms, four kitchens, 19 bathrooms and one doggy shower. Known as "Stone Mansion," the owner told us the stone on the façade alone is worth more than $4 million. As for the interior, he said he spared no expense, painting the mansion's moldings in a super-rich shade of 18-karat gold.
6. When the apocalypse comes, you’ll be safe in your own luxury survival bunker
The wealthy have homes for skiing and sunbathing, but we also found some of the super rich have homes for the end of the world. In a secret location in Kansas, decommissioned missile silos are being turned into luxury condominium-bunkers—so the super rich can survive the apocalypse in style. But safety comes at a price. Developer Larry Hall tells us that full floor units are $3 million and half floor units are $1.5 million.——
5. You have a million-dollar taxidermy collection in your Central Park West apartment
No, this collection is not in a Montana cabin, it's actually located at one of New York's most exclusive addresses on Central Park West. Our "Secret Lives" cameras got an exclusive tour with Gregory Speck, the collection's owner. Speck told us he's been collecting taxidermy for years and he now has almost 500 animals. He estimates the current value of his collection of dead animals at more than $1 million. Not a hunter, Speck told us his unusual collection has come from a variety of places—including a country-western disco and even ... road kill.
4. Your idea of listening to music is inviting a famous concert pianist to perform just for you
Why travel to a concert when you can bring the concert to you? We found some of the super rich do just that. Lois Pope owns this home outside of Aspen, Colo., and she invited concert pianist Lola Astanova to play on her living room piano. Pope is the widow of the founder of The National Enquirer. "Secret Lives" witnessed an impromptu performance while touring Pope's mega ski home, currently on the market for $31.5 million.
3. You own a really expensive, one-of-a-kind carpet ... that comes with a copyright
When you think of a copyright, the last thing that may come to mind is your bedroom carpet, but that's exactly what one super-rich homeowner in Los Angeles thought of when he was furnishing his mega-mansion. Designer to the super rich, Sue Firestone, told us there is a copyright on this master-bedroom carpet to make sure the owner remains the only person on the planet with the one-of-kind design.
2. Your idea of party decoration is chopping down hundreds of white birch trees and hanging them from the ceiling
Known only among the super rich, David Monn is THE ultimate event planner. Unless you have an invite to one of his super-VIP parties, our exclusive access is the only way you will ever see one of his extravagant productions. We cannot reveal the exact location of this mega-event or what was being celebrated, but we can tell you Monn's team brought in hundreds of white birch trees and literally hung them from the ceiling to create what Monn calls, "an upside down forest."
1. Our No. 1 “you know you’re super rich when” moment: You have no idea how miserable commuting to work is because you drive to work in a shiny, gold Lamborghini
"I drive it daily. And I have a blast with it," said Brett David.
David is the boy wonder of super cars. He owns the No.1 Lamborghini dealer in the country and at just 26 years old, he's already sold more than $1 billion in cars. This gold-plated Lambo is the car he commutes to work in. David told CNBC his $500,000 Lamborghini that's wrapped in gold helps with marketing.
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