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In the video today we are answering a viewer question, Carol R asks:
“How much money does Bill Gates carry around with him on a daily basis?”
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We bet that the vast majority of people watching this,
regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic backgrounds,
carry these same few basic items with them at all times:
手机 钥匙 一些现金
a phone, some keys, a few bills in the local currency,
a debit card and maybe some ID.
These’re all items you reliably expect to find on someone
if you just stop them on the street and ask them what they had on them.
But what would you find
if you asked a millionaire or even a billionaire to do the same thing?
As it turns out, it would appear you’d find
they’d produce more or less the same or less
from their pockets as the average Joe.
For example, Bill Gates rarely seems to carry cash at all,
or at least rarely admits to doing so.
Gates is frequently asked by both journalists and the people he meets,
how much money he carries around with him on a daily basis.
And in almost every interview we found,
Gates’s stock reponse is that he seldom carries either cash or a wallet with him.
只有在reddit网站“Answer Me Anything”栏目中
An exception to this was a preamble Gates did to an AMA on reddit
where he preemptively answered some of the more popular questions
he’s found himself being asked in the past,
including “how much money do you have in your wallet”.
The answer to which at least at that moment in time
was a single crisp $100 bill.
It should be noted that the next question Gates answered was,
“Can I have a million dollars?”
which he attacks when he answered by explaining
that he donates the bulk of his money to needy causes.
This question and Bill’s desire to answer it ahead of time
likely explains why he rarely carries cash,
or at least doesn’t admit to doing so.
After all, nobody can ask you for money if you’re known not to carry any around.
Gates here it’s by no means an outlier.
It’s an observable phenomenon that
the ultra-wealthy rarely seemed to feel the needs to carry around all that much cash, or even a wallet at all.
Reasons vary from billionaire to billionare,
but the most common answer seems to be that
they simply don’t need to carry a wallet.
Billionaires are inevitably flanked at all times by an army of assistants and aides
who can take care of things like restaurant bills and tips on their behalf.
所以携带现金 信用卡或身份证的需要 就减少了
So the need to carry physical currency, credit cards or even ID, is diminished somewhat.
On the credit card front, it’s also worth noting that in more recent years
credit and debit cards have become more of a status symbol
than physical currency in some circles.
To quote Vanity Fair on the matter,
“Possessing two or three of the right cards bound together
by an ordinary rubber bands now conveys a level of distinction
greater than that of any cash-filled Louis Vuitton wallet or purse.”
The fact of the matter is,
that cards like the hyper exclusive American Express Centurion Card
which as we’ve mentioned in another video
can literally be used by anything that’s for sale,
even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars
convey more about the person’s wealth than even the crispest stack of 100 dollar bills.
Another reason the super-rich don’t need to carry much cash around with them
is that their fame largely makes it unnecessary,
whether they have any aids with them or not.
For example, prior to becoming president
and Donald Trump admitted it that he didn’t carry the wallet,
because people usually gave him stuff for free.
In his own words, from a 2013 interview, he said,
“You know it’s very sad. I go to a restaurant
and almost every time they say, ‘Mr. Trump it’s on me,
no charge, Mr. Trump,’ no I never need cash.”
This isn’t to say Trump doesn’t sometimes carry cash.
In keeping with his penchant for showmanship,
Trump did formerly claim to carry around
a few hundred dollars at any given time-
or at least he did prior to becoming president.
He stated this was mainly just in case he needed to hand out tips,
or other than the money being used to actually buy something.
Beyond money or a wallet,
Trump also claimed to usually only carry around
两部手机 一部苹果 一部三星
two cell phones, an iPhone and a Samsung.
We presume one was for personal use
and the other was the business phone.
How much this has changed since becoming president is not yet clear.
Continuing this trend, even before ubiquitous credit and debit cards,
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the liked Howard Hughes, John Lennon and even Elvis,
reported seldom feeling the need to carry cash.
In Elvis’ case, many of his trademark suits were even made without pockets.
In regards to each men,
while their reasons for not carrying money varied.
Hughes was supposedly scared of being robbed for example,
and was generally surrounded by an army of assistance.
Anyway, their fame made this decision a relatively easy one to live with.
For instance, like Trump after him,
John Lennon famously expressed puzzlement at the fact that
the wealthier and more famous he became,
the less he was expected to pay for anything.
To it, biographer for the ?? stated,
“He discovered the strange truth that the richer one becomes
the less obligation there is to pay for anything.
Clubs he visited pressed free drinks on him,
restaurants automatically waived bills,
guitar makers sent him their choicest new models
simply for the glory of his patronage.”
This sanguising to another thing previously alluded to
that the obscenely rich seldom carry ID.
Although they do own passports and driving licenses.
In interviews we trawled through in which the rich and famous were asked to turn out their pockets,
few of them seem to bother carrying around any form of identification.
The most likely reason being of course
that they are quite recognizable anyway.
A notable outlier to this is the queen
who goes so far as not even having a passport or a driver’s license.
But as we’ve mentioned in a previous video,
while her face maybe one of the most recognizable in the wealth,
the reason she doesn’t have them is not because she is famous,
but because she simply doesn’t legally need them
to travel or drive regardless of where she is in the world.
For the reasons why here,
do see our video “Why doesn’t the Queen need a passport?”
Speaking of the Queen although, nobody but herself
knows exactly what she carries around with her in her purse.
We do know that she similarly never bothers to carry cash except on Sundays,
when she traditionally carries a crisp five-pound note
to place in their church’s collection plate.
Other items the Queen has been observed
putting into or pulling out of her purse, handbag and pockets
还有口红 钢笔 纸巾
include lipstick, pens, napkins,
and on one occasion a suction cup that she attached to the underside of her table
that she then hung her handbag on,
which is actually kind of brilliant actually.
The more unusual items the Queen is said to carry with her
include personal knick- knacks, dog biscuits,
and random mints she hands out to strangers.
Going along with the theme that the richier you’re, the less likely you are to have to pay for something.
One of the more curious items carried by a billionaire
we stumbled cross what is a special card carried by Warren Buffett
that lets him have unlimited McDonald’s forever is certainly McDonald’s.
Most visibly as we actually talked about before, this card is good for free food,
full life, throughout Omaha McDonald’s.
And there’s one of the a few items that Buffett claims to carry on his person.
Other items, the famously spendthrift billionaire likes carrying food
and original Green American Express Card for 1964,
pictures of his family and their lucky son in 50 dollar bill
from they banked his investment firm.
half way you still owned.
Curiously Buffett is a unique mount billionaire as we researched
in which he’s the only one we founds that admits to regularly carrying change.
You see, Buffett nearly always eats breakfast at the McDonald’s near his house,
in Omaha, on his way to work.
And curiously, despite having a club that draws money unlimited McDonald’s for life,
and billions in the bank. He says that he pays for the breakfast with the exact change.
We assume he perhaps does this to avoid calling attention to himself
or otherwise being delayed on his way to work
by put you think his special McDonald’s cost.
But unfortunately for us in interview when he mentions carrying exact change for this purpose,
the interview I didn’t to ask why he doesn’t just use his free McDonald’s card.
What ever the case. Buffett also carries a few dollars with him
to pay for the cans of Coca-Cola that he drinks at the office,
something he does despite owning about a 10% stake in Coca-Cola
Bill Gates also wants noted in elected concerning his charitable foundation
that Buffett and he will want visiting China together and decided to grab by tweet.
Naturally easy parrel, billionaires decided to diner at McDonald’s.
就是这那个时候 巴菲特拿出了优惠券 以便减少账单
It was this point, that Buffett produce coupons in all to the help produce that bill.
Another billionaire he kindly admitted to the monetary contents with Warren’s interviews is Elon Musk,
who stated that he only had about 40 dollars in his wallet that time.
In conclusion, thanks to that fantastic wealth,
the uber-rich paradoxically seemed to
have less need for carrying cash, credit cards or even ID.
there’s not really mortals.
This is because that they run systems where they carry things like that
or simply because they unless likely to be expected to pay for thing.
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