Secret Lives of the Super Rich
Secret Lives of the Super Rich

10 cool ways to work for the super rich

Ray Parisi

Working for the super rich


Did you ever take a personality test to help you find your perfect job?

Such quizzes often suggest that if you are good at English, for example, you consider being a journalist or teacher. If math is more your thing, maybe you should try for an engineering career.

They hardly ever suggest something as interesting as personal Ferrari shopper. That's too bad, because the Ferrari guru gets to have tons of fun traveling the world spending other people's money.

There are lots of careers that can be built around providing services to the super rich. While shooting "Secret Lives of the Super Rich," CNBC met 10 people that have some of the coolest jobs ever—some of which don't even look like work.

By CNBC's Ray Parisi and Jessi Joseph

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Security expert to the super rich

Image source: Robovault

Name: Susan McGregor
Job description: Safeguarding the most prized possessions of the super-rich
Where she works: A vault about 30 minutes north of Miami

Most of us stare at a computer screen all day, but not Susan McGregor. As president of RoboVault, she gets to see supercars, rare wines, art and other eclectic collectibles close up.

RoboVault is a state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot safety-deposit box where the ultrarich, including professional athletes and other celebrities, store their most highly valued objects. The high-tech vault is strong enough to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

"Every day, every couple of minutes, something new and different comes by my office," she said. "My son thinks I have the greatest job in the world."

Megamansion movie theater designer


Name: Theo Kalomirakis
Job description: Designing and building home theaters
Where he works: In the megamansions of Hollywood A-listers, sports stars, oligarchs and heads of state

Known as the godfather of multimillion-dollar home theaters, Theo Kalomirakis is the guy you call when you're actually in the movies. He's got a long list of super-rich clients, including Seth MacFarlane, Eddie Murphy and the Rock.

He showed us one theater with an ice cream parlor, a $90,000 antique chandelier, a $40,000 mural made with gold leaf and custom-made carpet that costs $70,000. The final bill totaled more than $2.5 million. Better not spill any of that ice cream!

Private jet makeover artist


Name: Eric Roth
Job description: Customizing private jet interiors
Where he works: Out of a private jet hangar in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Eric Roth's job makes flying first class seem dirt cheap. As president of International Jet Interiors, Roth does extreme makeovers on the private jets of the richest people on the planet.

His clients range from Hollywood royalty to Middle Eastern sheikhs. Roth rips apart their planes, replacing ugly interiors with super-rich bling, from a toilet seat covered in alligator skin to 24-karat gold fixtures.

Ferrari personal shopper


Name: Marcel Massini
Job description: Traveling the world to inspect and buy classic Ferraris
Where he works: Anywhere there is a Ferrari for sale, but based near Zurich

His typical workday has Marcel Massini lifting the hoods and (very gently) kicking the tires of some the most expensive cars ever built. If he likes what he sees, he can pull the trigger and shell out millions on a super-rare supercar.

What can be bad about Ferrari shopping? Massini said, "If you are too tight with the money, it's no real fun."

The super-rich trust Massini to do their shopping because he's one of the top Ferrari experts around and because he can spot a bargain. He told us that bringing home a classic Ferrari for just over $1 million is "almost a steal."

Lamborghini dealer


Name: Brett David
Job description: Running the top Lamborghini dealership in the U.S.
Where he works: Prestige Imports, Miami

Brett David has no clue what it feels like to have a miserable commute because he drives to work (if you can call it "work") in a gold-plated Lamborghini. We couldn't tell if David was trying to torture us when he casually revealed, "I drive it every day, and it's a blast."

The twenty-something runs the top Lamborghini dealership in the country. His first buyer was superstar rapper Missy Elliott.

David told CNBC he has moved more than $2 billion worth of the cars.

Hosting private parties

Louie Velasquez

Name: Louie Velasquez
Job description: Making sure the super-rich have a great time partying and socializing
Where he works: The Caribou Club in Aspen, Colo.

Louie Velasquez gets to spend every day rubbing elbows with the super-rich and making sure they feel special.

"When they come here, the first thing they do is get a hug and a kiss from me, and they love that," he said.

Though he occasionally gets shocking requests from club members, Velasquez doesn't kiss and tell. What happens at "the bou" (that's what members call it) stays at the bou.

A lifetime membership will run you $20,000, but if you're just visiting and still want the super-rich treatment, never fear! A weeklong membership costs between $500 and $1,500, depending on the season.

Mile-high taxi driver


Name: Javier Diaz
Job description: Flying clients from New York to the Hamptons, and anywhere else they can go by chopper
Where he works: He spends most of his time in rarefied air, but his hangar is in Westchester, N.Y.

How's this for a dream job: Javier Diaz never has to sit in traffic and gets to enjoy the best views of Manhattan from the air.

His company is basically a super-rich taxi service, with some of the most influential people in the world for clients. His helicopter is like a million-dollar time machine, they are willing to pay thousands so they can arrive in minutes instead of hours.

Diaz's job comes with a lot of perks, but he told us his favorite part is meeting the people that he flies.

The megaparty planner

Image Source: Colin Cowie Celebrations

Name: Colin Cowie
Job description: Throwing parties so big they're better described as "events"
Where he works: Anywhere the super-rich want to celebrate, though he's based in New York

Colin Cowie can put together a party for just about anything, but he specializes in celebrations for celebrities—big ones like Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise—and he loves planning weddings for the super-rich.

CNBC followed Cowie as he pulled off not one, not two, but three fabulous weddings for Playboy Playmate Dalene Kurtis and Fletcher Jones, a Mercedes dealer.

But, Cowie admits, "I only get them down the aisle." Sadly, shortly after their last wedding, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the couple went their separate ways.

Thoroughbred wrangler


Name: Justin Zayat
Job description: Managing racehorses
Where he works: Out of his New York University dorm room and Zayat Stables in Hackensack, N.J.

Between classes at New York University, Justin Zayat, 21, manages a stable filled with $60 million worth of Thoroughbreds at Zayat Stables, an equine empire started by his dad.

Justin, who told CNBC he considers himself "blessed," even gets to kiss his favorite sometimes.


Dolly Lenz Real Estate LLC

Name: Dolly Lenz
Job description: Selling some of the world's most expensive and exclusive real estate
Where she works: Anywhere there's a megamansion to sell, but Manhattan is her home

Dolly Lenz has the keys to some of the most jaw-dropping residences on the planet, selling mansions-in-the sky, penthouses and megahomes from Los Angeles to the Hamptons.

Her client list (often top secret) is a who's who of billionaires, royalty and Hollywood A-listers (even if they're just millionaires).

The megabroker has been called "the queen of real estate." How good is Lenz? She has sold more than $8.5 billion worth of luxury homes.

Making millions while touring some of the most exclusive properties in the world sounds like a good gig to us!

'Secret Lives of the Super Rich'

Secret Live of the Super Rich

CNBC scores the ultimate VIP access to a world inhabited by only the wealthiest people. "Secret Lives of the Super Rich," airs Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Follow "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" on Twitter and Instagram @CNBCSuperRich.