The Credit Cards Of The Rich And Famous

When it comes to money matters, being rich and famous definitely has its advantages. Not only can you afford the best of everything, your credit card unlocks the door to even more privilege.
Unlike the rest of us who often struggle with making ends meet, the rich and famous do not need credit cards for bad credit when times get hard.
Royalty, celebrities and entrepreneurs are instead able to access a range of credit cards that provide additional rewards and bonuses far beyond money-off vouchers or discount deals.
The credit cards themselves are actually a status symbol, because you cannot simply apply for one as you would for any normal card, or for the credit cards for bad credit that are available.
Instead, you are invited to join the club of exclusive credit card holders. The most rare and prestigious credit card is rumored to have only 100 holders.
The card is the World Card and is overseen by Coutts & Co., an international banking institution that originated in London in the late seventeenth century.
Coutts are famous for being bankers to the Royal Family and extremely wealthy individuals. They are reported to manage the financial affairs of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
To qualify for the World Card an individual must be a multi-millionaire to start. With just 100 card holders, it really is for the financially elite.
The American Express Centurion Card is another card solely for the well-heeled. Similarly to the World Card, you must be invited to use this card and cannot simply apply.
Criteria that must be satisfied includes being a user of the American Express Platinum Card for a minimum of 12 months and spending at least $250,000 dollars per year on the card. The card itself is made from titanium.
The card has an annual fee of $2,500 as standard but the access it grants to the finer things in life is more than enough for card holders.
These include first-class upgrades on travel and hotel stays, a personal concierge service, personal shoppers and VIP access to events and attractions.
If you like the sound of that, you’ll love the perks of using the Citibank Ultima Credit Card. These include travel in a chauffeured Bentley or private travel in a Gulfstream jet.
If you fancy a day at sea, you can rent the luxurious Ferretti 80-foot yacht, complete with crew, or take a spin in the fastest luxury cars, including the Maserati Spyder.
The Stratus Rewards Visa Credit Card is only offered to individuals whose routine travel is by private jet and Barclay’s Visa Black Card provides a 24 hour service so that you can access whatever you want, day or night. The Dubai First Royale MasterCard is diamond-studded and has no spending limit, although it’s only available to those classed as having wealth and an elevated social standing in the country.
These cards are beyond the scope of most Americans, but provide a tantalizing look at how the other half live. Perhaps if your American dream comes true, you can be one of the select few who have such wealth and luxury.

What’s With Deadbeat Celebrities?

Not that the upcoming Anita Baker CD was anywhere near being at the top of the list as far as music I might consider buying, but this story makes me want to boycott it anyways.  According to this article, Anita Baker hired a painting company to do a bunch of work on her home, to the tune of $15,000 and change, and promptly stiffed them.  Now, the painting company is taking her to court, but since she seems to have no money, good luck to them to see a nickel.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of celebrities with lots of money getting sued for services not paid.  Now, I’m sure that in some cases the celebrities have justification for not paying.  Maybe the companies or individuals are trying to milk them or over-charge them, but it seems like this is happening way too often to make me think that there isn’t something to this.

Many of these companies that are hired to do work obviously have employees do the work.  If the owner paid them, assuming they were going to get reimbursed (as they should) for the services rendered, and then suddenly they get no money, that puts the business owner in a pretty tough spot.

What do they do?  Stiff their employees?  Go out of business?  Spend time in court with a lawsuit taking time away from their business?

None of those ideas sounds very appealing to me.

As I said, while I’m sure that not all celebrities are guilty, I guess I’ve seen this story often enough (and Anita Baker, specifically has shown no regard for proper money management) where celebrities think that they can sign up but then not pay.

Maybe Anita’s new album should be called “Buy Me So That I Can Pay My Bills”?