Wannabe servants are flocking to high-end butler and household-management academies. Undeterred by fees ranging from $10,000 to nearly $19,000 for two months of tuition, room and board, they take intensive courses in pampering Mr. and Mrs. Moneybags, who have been growing in numbers and in holdings worldwide. The schools maintain that graduates of these programs can earn between $50,000 and $150,000 a year as butlers.
The domestic staffers in training say job security isn't much of an issue for them. None of those interviewed feared a recession would weaken their prospects believing that the uber-loaded are impervious to economic downturn.
The world's millionaires (those whose sum of cash and investments totals at least $1 million, not including their residences) grew 8.3 percent to 9.5 million people between 2005 and 2006. The superwealthy, worth $30 million-plus, mushroomed 11.3 percent to almost 95,000 during that same time period, according to the 2007 World Wealth Report issued by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini.