Fascinating, kept me way up past my bedtime. It’s a documentary by 21-year-old Jamie Johnson, of Johnson & Johnson, where he interviews ten of his ludicrously rich friends.
It’s hard to pin their behavior on being born rich, though—if I interviewed ten of my childhood friends, you’d also come up with a huge variety of personalities. Some of them (Ivanka Trump, surprisingly, Mayor Bloomberg’s daughter, and a rather twitchy, self-aware Whitney heir) come off as smart and grounded and eager to do something with their lives. Another confessed he is constantly terrified of being cut off, because he realizes he’d be helpless without his billions.
The most fun were the Rich You Love to Hate: one blonde heiress who said she was going to give all her money to the homeless, then laughed, “I’m kidding! I’d get some houses, and a plane . . .” There was the obnoxious grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm, and another Euro-type who felt his life was worthwhile because he didn’t just buy suits off-the-rack, but had them tailored, “so at least I am accomplishing something. I mean, having the lapels cut too low is just vulgar.”
Try to catch it in rerun—Johnson will really be an accomplished filmmaker if he keeps this up.