Akin to the suffering of middle class and poor families in these difficult economic times, the one percent are struggling as well behind their gilded walls and mother-of-pearl-lined pools. We have documented several of these cases for the public record from an elaborate hidden network of trusted personal assistants, computer hacking and gossip:
Rather than sell the country house, Harold agrees to shop at Ralph's instead of importing live grass-fed beef to his personal butcher.
Chauncey withdraws his son from Hotchkiss and enrolls him in a public school rather than selling the Patek watch.
Cecilia reduces house staff from 18 to six in order to maintain Lincoln Center patron status.
Freddy sells Gulfstream IV to travel exclusively in first three rows of Jet Blue flights for his family of four.
Gregory threatens suicide but can't move ahead without personal assistant to write note after layoff.
To subsidize increasing property taxes, Martha forces personal chef to grow vegetables alongside outbuildings.
The Lamont's force their interior decorator to paint all 28 rooms in mansion beige for bulk paint discount
- Sheila sells a kidney to maintain the Bentley lease for another 18 months.