What a Billionaire Eats

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I found this, and the idea of paying THIS MUCH is just staggering to me. I dunno about you, but damn, that is an expensive lunch.

Who wants to be able to drop that kind of cash for lunch?

I do. But I certainly wouldn't use it on lunch, lol.
#billionaire #eats
  • Profile picture of the author sbp8610
    Damn... that's a brand new nice car right there that they could have bought with that.
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      • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
        Originally Posted by AP View Post

        I don't think it's a big deal.

        Less than $1,000 was for food.

        Wine and Champagne was $35,000

        Tip was $7,300

        Tax was $3,200

        Maybe they were celebrating a merger, etc...

        My thoughts exactly. Looks like what a billionaire DRINKS.

        I've spent $1000 on a meal event quite often in business. It's pretty easy to do at decent establishments with a group.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Wow the tip alone is $7328.20! I wonder who gets that?

      I also wonder if they all just looked at each other when the bill came hoping someone would offer to pay it.

      Otherwise you'd have to wash a lot of dishes to pay that one off.
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        Originally Posted by Mike Shain View Post

        Wow the tip alone is $7328.20! I wonder who gets that?

        I also wonder if they all just looked at each other when the bill came hoping someone would offer to pay it.

        Otherwise you'd have to wash a lot of dishes to pay that one off.
        haha where can I apply for a job like that? :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    O_O does this person have a huge appetite? I wouldn't pay 4 or 5 digits for an item!

    anyway, here's something for you to chew on. Successful people eat problems for breakfast.

    (if you didn't get it, it means that your troubles are food for you and you get better and stronger after eating them).
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  • Profile picture of the author doylesoft
    $12 for a water? LOL. I can get water for 15 cents a bottle at Sam's Club.
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    • Profile picture of the author dpwilliams
      Ok, but you really have to take into account that it was for 5 people...lol

      This is a lifestyle that I can't even imagine.

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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    Wait a minute. Roman Abramovich and 5 friends? That explains it.

    But I don't think Warren Buffet spends that much on food.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Originally Posted by kendrickyi View Post

      Wait a minute. Roman Abramovich and 5 friends? That explains it.

      But I don't think Warren Buffet spends that much on food.
      Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel E Taylor
          Originally Posted by AP View Post

          Wrong mindset.

          It's because of his correct mindset that he has Billions and you don't.

          When you have Billions of dollars are you saying these people should give every penny to society?

          I make 7 figures a year and I waste a lot of money. Sports cars, boats, vacations, clothes, etc...

          I could care less what people say. I ordered the new E550 Mercedes last week and people started trashing me for flaunting my money.

          They said "is that the right thing to do with so many people hurting in this economy."

          Duh, would they rather I don't spend my money so the economy never recovers.

          I don't hear people complaining about the Messiah wanting to tax the heck out of me.
          I don't understand why rich people are suppose to
          become mother teresa because they have money.

          I strongly believe in charity work and giving, but I mean
          why not splurge and enjoy the luxuries of life if you can afford it.

          It's wasting money for a billionaire to spend .00000000001% of his income
          on a fancy car, but its ok for a working person to spend 1000% of their income on
          a car.

          I never understood this myself.

          It's not any one mans job to save the world.

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          • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
            Originally Posted by Daniel E Taylor View Post

            It's wasting money for a billionaire to spend .00000000001% of his income on a fancy car
            Sweet deal...even I could afford a few of these
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        • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
          Originally Posted by AP View Post

          Wrong mindset.

          It's because of his correct mindset that he has Billions and you don't.
          You do know that Warren drives a car he bought cheap because it was repaired from an accident? What does blowing a wad of money have to do with a success mindset?

          When you have Billions of dollars are you saying these people should give every penny to society?
          I'm not saying anything of the sort. I give a percentage. We spend lots on travel and going out to dinner, but over $40,000 for a meal is just plain stupid. Here's what we got for just over $200 yesterday:

          Kevin Riley Inc

          However, we never flaunt our money. We spend it wisely.

          I make 7 figures a year and I waste a lot of money. Sports cars, boats, vacations, clothes, etc...
          That's nice. We don't "waste". We spend lots, but not to an unbalanced excess - like over $40,000 for a meal.
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          • Profile picture of the author Matias1021
            Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

            You do know that Warren drives a car he bought cheap because it was repaired from an accident? What does blowing a wad of money have to do with a success mindset?



            I'm not saying anything of the sort. I give a percentage. We spend lots on travel and going out to dinner, but over $40,000 for a meal is just plain stupid. Here's what we got for just over $200 yesterday:

            Kevin Riley Inc

            However, we never flaunt our money. We spend it wisely.



            That's nice. We don't "waste". We spend lots, but not to an unbalanced excess - like over $40,000 for a meal.
            that bill is .0004% of his income ... have you ever spent .0004% of your income on 1 meal with a group of friends?

            *the percentage is kinda random but you get my point.
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          • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
            Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

            You do know that Warren drives a car he bought cheap because it was repaired from an accident?
            My technique is to buy former lease models. You can get last year's model in fantastic condition with all the options for about 2/3 the price.

            We spend lots, but not to an unbalanced excess - like over $40,000 for a meal.
            It really depends on the scenario. If Abramovich was with actual personal friends, perhaps that's unbalanced. But if it was a business meeting... well, first, all that gets written off. Second, the goodwill generated from the meal might have saved or made him an extra six figures later.

            There are a lot of people out there who will pass on the tipple unless it's really expensive. I can have a $90 bottle of wine on my own time. But suggest that we have a $15k bottle... well, I appreciate fine wine. If I don't drink some now, I might never get to drink this wine. I mean, how many bottles are left, you know? It's like a piece of history.

            And after a few glasses of wine, most people are more honest, less inhibited, and likely to make concessions more easily. "Well, I guess we could throw that in... okay, yeah, we'll do the stock trade at another point and a half lower on our end. Lemme text my attorney. What? Cristal? Sure, sure, let me just get this sent."

            $40,000 is chicken feed in the right circumstances.
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            Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

            Kevin, you're so tall!

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        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
        Abramovich has had charities when he was governor..he should be able to enjoy his money i wouldnt judge him....if rich people donate, good for them i admire that..but it shouldnt be expected and they shouldnt be criticized if they dont. just my opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Cho
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
        I'm all about helping the society but it is his money. It's like someone telling me to cut down on my budget to give more to the society. If anyone told me that I would tell them "if you have that much problem with it, why don't you make money and give back?"

        And I'm pretty sure they are giving back more than us.
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      • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
        Kevin, I can assure you people like that donate more then we will ever make in our lifetimes....they just don't shout it from the rooftops.

        And whether he spends it on himself, or donates it to a charity, lots of people do get helped either way.

        Somebody had to make that food.....and him spending like that keeps them employed.
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        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
        I read that he still eats at the same inexpensive steakhouse he's been going to for years.
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      • Profile picture of the author Darth Executor
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
        Expensive winery helps society too. People get paid to make that wine from the money rich people spend on it. In some cases it may be better than charity since the individuals involved actually work for it.
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      • Profile picture of the author baybossplaya
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Warren is one of the smart rich people. I subscribe to his way of thinking. We never waste money, and I hate to watch stupid rich people flaunt it. There are better ways to use that money - such as helping society, instead of some expensive winery.
        agreed....
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  • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
    Kevin, no joke. With that money he spent on wine alone is more than I've made annually the past TWO Years. I think its crazy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Originally Posted by Buildingfutures View Post

      Kevin, no joke. With that money he spent on wine alone is more than I've made annually the past TWO Years. I think its crazy.
      Think of the number of heart surgeries Dr Mani could have performed on little kids who's parents couldn't afford it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Think of the number of heart surgeries Dr Mani could have performed on little kids who's parents couldn't afford it.
        Or the number of water purifiers, generators, and tools for villages in Africa.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael_nguyen
    Dont knock what they do. How many of you upgraded your car because you got bored of it?
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    For all you know, he probably donates alot more than he had for lunch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    The wine came to more than $35,000! And then $7,328 for a tip.

    The meal was a tiny part of the bill. If they didn't drink wine, it wouldn't have been all that much for 6 people at a nice restaurant in New York City. Although it's still double what it would cost for that meal here in the Midwest. And at $9 for a cappacino - they have Starbuck's beat!

    We all need to sell more ebooks. :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author UBotBuddy
    Hmmmm....

    What a Billionaire Eats

    Hmmmmm....

    I'll bet they don't eat what I eat.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Daniel
    I don't think it's right to judge how he spends his money, especially since you aren't his personal accountant.

    Besides, guys. What's so abnormal about this receipt? :p
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    Funniest thing on that receipt was the $12 for a water.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael_nguyen
    This thread is getting silly now. Life is full of unnecessary things. It's all relative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Taylor French
    Bill Gates' favorite meal has always been a cheeseburger, I believe. He does have a taste for luxury cars, but he still loves his burgers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Huynh
    Obscenely rich people spend money on the most ridiculous things because it gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. They also do so to get attention in some cases. There was once an iPhone application which cost $1,000 and it did absolutely nothing. Yet, there were buyers. We may think it's ridiculous to throw money away like that but when money is no longer an object to getting what you want, you will think differently about it.

    Given two identical items, the rich will more than likely purchase the one with the higher price tag. The higher price tag will immediately make the item better quality and more valuable. I'll try this test out the next time I befriend a billionaire. LOL
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    • Profile picture of the author drmani
      I still remember the words of a conversation I had with my father
      many long years back.

      Dad said: "The key thing is to not go beyond your means. Living
      within what you can afford is the secret to being happy."

      To which I replied:

      "I agree. But if I want something, I'd prefer to figure out a way
      to afford it, rather than to make do without it - just because I
      can't afford it."

      At the time, I was 14 years old!

      And looking back on that time, more than TWENTY FIVE years ago, I
      can see that what I voiced was a mindset, a worldview, a philosophy
      that has guided most of what I've done since then!

      Even today, I refuse to simply accept that there is something that
      I cannot afford.

      I just look to find a way TO afford it!

      That has led on to funding 52 heart operations - because that's
      what I wanted... and couldn't afford before.

      As entrepreneurs, shouldn't THIS be a mindset to strive for?

      It opens up your mind to the question:

      "How to afford what you want?"

      It's why bold challenges like Bryan Kumar's "$50,000 by Christmas"
      thread spark off such intense brain activity - and lead to ACTION.

      = = =

      @Kevin Riley - Though it does sometimes strike me that money
      'wasted' on trivia may be put to better use, I also see another
      perspective - that the money spent on one heart operation can
      educate 1,000 children, or feed 10,000 kids, or vaccinate
      100,000 against infectious diseases.

      Everything is relative. And we all look to find ways to afford
      what we most want - be they material, or more abstract (like
      the good feeling that comes from helping a child live!)

      Sure, we all are guided by a different set of hot buttons.
      But within that context, anything that drives us to be
      better at what we do is a 'good thing', right?

      All success
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      P.S. Also, like michael_nguyen says, "For all you know,
      he probably donates a lot more than he had for lunch."
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    It's his money and he can spend it the way he wants to. I wouldn't want anyone telling me how to spend mine. And lord knows I sometimes spend it on some stupid crap, but hey, it's MY money. I worked damn hard for it. The vast majority of billionaires donate millions to charity, even though they don't have to. This food receipt is only a mere glimpse at how this guy spends his money, we have no idea how he spends or invests the other 99.99999832% of it.

    Re: the OP....nah. I don't even think about dropping wads of cash on food. I prefer to spend it on other things like vacations and investments.......

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    As Dr. Mani expressed so eloquently above, you need to have some sort of a goal or INTENSE "want" that drives us to achieve and be better. Granted, some of these objectives may be a little crass or flamboyant, but this varies from individual to individual, and ultimately it lies in what "does" it for you, what absolutely drives you to strive and stretch for something far beyond what your present circumstances will allow.

    Without some far-reaching and "ridiculous" goal, we'll never be driven to achieve really big and significant things. It all comes down to a particular individual and his or her particular set of interests, desires, and wants. This is a very personal thing, and as a result, there is really no "one size fits all" approach that will work for everyone.

    When someone has reached great financial achievement, the end result is that even when outsiders consider a lot of the spending "wasteful", this "wasteful" spending in its many shapes and forms also helps to grow the economy and even create jobs!

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    I had eggs
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      • Profile picture of the author michael_nguyen
        Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post

        I take it that a few of you guys do not
        know who Roman Abramovich is?

        He's the owner of Chelsea Football Club,
        one of the best Premiership football clubs
        in this country at the top of the league.

        Have you seen how much these guys
        spend on getting the best players?

        When your talking this kind of money,
        it's peanuts.

        As a poster noted above, it's all relative.
        That food bill is probaby only enough to pay a weeks wage for a fringe player.
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          • Profile picture of the author michael_nguyen
            Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post

            A days wage I expect, if that in some
            cases.

            Anyway, that's enough about Chelsea
            FC, I'm a Villa supporter.

            Where's my fish n chips?
            Your right up our ass! You guys are finished without carlton cole
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              • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                I know there are people who spend like that - and they can do what they want with their money. I wouldn't presume to tell them what they should do.

                Personally, I find it a bit silly and wasteful and agree with the Buffet comment - expect Gates is unlikely to spend like that, too.

                The tip was automatically added to the bill so I'm sure the waiter or waitress had a great day.
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              • Profile picture of the author um1001
                Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post

                Piffle....you don't know what
                your talking about lad!

                What rock did you just crawl
                out from?

                I think I might be the only Villa
                supporter in west Cornwall lol.
                As an aside to this conversation: GO GOONERS Arsenal fan til death
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      • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
        Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post

        I take it that a few of you guys do not
        know who Roman Abramovich is?

        He's the owner of Chelsea Football Club,
        one of the best Premiership football clubs
        in this country at the top of the league.

        Have you seen how much these guys
        spend on getting the best players?

        When your talking this kind of money,
        it's peanuts.

        As a poster noted above, it's all relative.
        This made me think of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, hardly underpaid, who took his family on holiday to a caravan park in Prestatyn, pretty much like the place where me and mine went earlier this year, but had to concede that he could no longer 'afford' to do such mundane things for fun and probably wouldn't be doing it again...

        Rio Ferdinand disliked attention on caravan park holiday - Telegraph

        I'm lucky that as a Bristol Rovers supporter (stop laughing at the back!), indulging in the glamorous lifestyle associated with team is well within my reach. Such exotic delicacies as pie and chips are often on the menu, with the occasional pickled egg to demonstrate that we really are capable of pushing the boat out. A glass of vintage Tizer (that's gathered dust on the back of the corner shop shelf since 2002) makes a perfect complement to this opulent feast.

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  • Profile picture of the author JT0713
    I don't see why he can't enjoy his own wealth?
    If u have as much money as he has.....why not?
    u deserve everything u want.....
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    Tip is $7328.20. Good lord!!!
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    I could have ate over years with than amount.... hehe
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    You mean you guys dont eat like that?

    Its really the Alcohol that brings the bill up so high. Other than that, its a very expensive meal but not thaaat crazy i guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Who knows... this could have been a charity fund-raiser. Unlikely, but, just a thought.
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    i wish i could make that much money every 4 months...translate into 10k per month...
    i'm going to be far more richer than my CEO....
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Scariest thing is that between the 6 of them they drank 7 bottles of wine and two of those were MAGNUMS!! I hope the chauffeur drove them home.
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    • Profile picture of the author steve-wilkins
      Haha! Check Roman Abramovich out with all his billions! But that is only one of his chelsea players wages, spare change to him.

      I heard he recently doubled his wealth from 8 to 15 billion maybe that is why he was celebrating! Big up the spurs!
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      There's an interesting education in marketing in that bill.

      The restaurant owner (or the internet marketer helping him) might note that $35 to $60 for a meal is high but not excessive.

      The money is in all the add ons...drinks and desserts.

      It's kind of like a high end McDonalds add on "would you like drinks and dessert with that?"

      A great restaurant is really good at promoting and selling those add ons.

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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        Scariest thing is that between the 6 of them they drank 7 bottles of wine and two of those were MAGNUMS!! I hope the chauffeur drove them home.
        I heard they were all given straws, so it's ok.

        Originally Posted by agentsully View Post

        holy crap, thats like a hooked up lexus for lunch. Just 5 people? This man must party like a rockstar. The meal didn't sound like it was worth it though. Plus a lot of the items bought were expensive wines.
        That is along the lines of a true liquid lunch.

        Dang, they could have called me up and I would have run down to wait on them for that kind of tip.

        I'm in support of the economic flow it provided.

        Wine that expensive is either very old, or typically is very scarce. The winery gets a cut, the importers get a cut, the US distributers get a cut, the restaurant gets a cut, and server + staff get a cut (provided they didn't get stiffed as some people don't tip on the booze )

        Hey, you only go around once. Honestly, if that kind of money was only a drop in the bucket for me, I could totally see myself having some good wine with friends. I've spent a hundred bucks for a shot of Louis Tres. That could have fed someone in a third world country for months. Was I supposed to give that to charity? It was my money. I earned it. Could I have had a 5 dollar shot of something instead? Well, I probably would not have remembered it and I doubt it would have tasted nearly as good.

        (get a nice cigar too if you are going to try the louis tres )

        It's all a matter of perspective.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jamie Lewis
      The expensive part of that was the champagne. Aren't those two items at the bottom there the 4 foot high Cristal bottles? The 10 gallons or whatever. Someone was having a party.
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  • Profile picture of the author aegix
    I won't get into the debate about charity vs. extravagance, but here is an interesting pic (or set of pics) of Steve Ballmer's office, having lunch. It looks like a microwavable meal you get for $4 USD. The New York Times > Business > Slide Show > Keeping Track of Steve Ballmer
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  • Profile picture of the author patselby
    It is crazy what people will spend for a meal when they are wealthy. I truly hope that he donates as much to people in need as he spends on his lunch. Perhaps he took people less fortunate than himself; they might only have been millionaires!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
    Basically what they ate and drank was spaghetti, pasta's, espresso, cappucino, wine, champagne, dessert...does it have to be so expensive? you can get this for a lot cheaper and 2 bottles Crystal champagne doesn't have to be $10 000...I think you can get it for $2000 elsewhere
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    • Profile picture of the author Darth Executor
      Originally Posted by KatyaSenina View Post

      Basically what they ate and drank was spaghetti, pasta's, espresso, cappucino, wine, champagne, dessert...does it have to be so expensive? you can get this for a lot cheaper and 2 bottles Crystal champagne doesn't have to be $10 000...I think you can get it for $2000 elsewhere
      Rich people have awful tastes when it comes to food. If I was a billionaire no spaghetti or pasta would come anywhere near my plate. Lasagna doesn't count. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    the restaurant owner must have really seen him coming.

    12 dollars for a bottle of water... amazing.


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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    The meals itself are actually "reasonable" priced, i guess, for a NY restaurant where billionaires eat. Calamari..yummy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frodr
    You see.. i dont get why people criticize..

    I mean if you worked hard to get to where you can drop 50 grand on one meal then you definitely deserve it.

    Honestly.. what would be the point of all that money if you can't enjoy it.

    Im sure the mentality of saving your money is not what made him a billionaire.

    Then again who is to say that it wasnt a lunch where he brokered a deal to make him way more than 50 grand.. then you guys would probably call that a sound investment.

    Imho, if you got it like that then i see nothing wrong with spending that much on a meal.

    And whoever that waiter was probably quit for a month.. lol.

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    • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
      >>
      I mean if you worked hard to get to where you can drop 50 grand on one meal then you definitely deserve it.
      >>

      i still wouldn't do it. $15.000 for a bottle of champagne - i would feel extremely ****y knowing that somewhere else people die because they starve. I hope that billionaire spends SOME of his money for charities or does *something* useful with it.

      >>
      By spending it, other people benefit.
      >>

      Actually, you have a point...
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
    Well lets talk about what they Drink also:

    Businessman's bar bill hits £105,805 - Telegraph
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      This whole hubbub is over a snapshot of one meal receipt. It doesn't mean it's an everyday occurrence, even if the guy has the money to support it.

      Look at the trickle down effect from that one meal check. How many people picked up a piece of that tip? And then went on to spend it on other things, which provided jobs for other people, who took the wages and...

      When you play on a stage where you can acquire a billion dollar enterprise to keep as a hobby, you're playing where most of us can't even imagine what it's like.

      As for the side discussion going on, all you guys getting so excited about a bunch of men in short pants chasing a ball around a meadow... I don't get it.

      Why not a real sport where the teams have to put on body armor before they throw a ball around a meadow?

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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
    Not sure if it's been said yet, but this isn't actually Roman Abramovich's bill. I saw this a few weeks ago and his representative said this wasn't theirs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    this thread is soo pointless, as it is their money it is their right to spend it as they please the same way you or I.

    Fact of the matter is despite that some people deny it, we all seek recognition for our work, wealth, and the approval of others as well. Deep down we are all egotistic in some way, and we all express it in different ways.

    some by dropping $50K on lunch and others by criticising them for it to make up for their own insecurities.

    Some advice for you: STOP DREAMING AND START DOING and then one day maybe you to can blow 50K on lunch or use it to help a bunch of kids
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Harmon
    Never saw a tip like that while I waited tables and bartended, $7328.20 WOW. I once bartended a private party for a group of teamsters and got a $300 tip from one guy and you would have thought I had won the lottery.

    It's amazing how your perspective of what is a lot of money changes as you get older.
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  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    It's all about money flow.

    By spending it, other people benefit.

    Maybe the restaurant owner donates to charity.

    Maybe the grape grower etc...

    If he didn't spend it someone else would have been a lot poorer.

    So yes, it is extravagant, but so what.

    Let the money flow.

    When you stop the flow, it all dries up.

    Maybe he just made a million dollars at the meal. So spread the love baby!

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  • Profile picture of the author bluesguy
    It's all about perspective.

    47k to him might be $47 to a regular guy.

    THINK ABOUT IT.

    If he's a billionaire and makes 500k net profit 1 day, 15million a month, what is 47k to him? Its less than 10% of a days work.

    I only hope he donates as much to charity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Snowdon
    Just goes to show the importance of being that rich. You can do what you want, have what/who you want. Kinda reminds me of a movie that Robert Redford was in, buying a night with Demi Moore for a kool million bucks. talk about kool hand luke.
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  • 21% of Children in the United States are living BELOW the poverty level. This is clearly a misuse of Capitalistic Intent. Resources are being allocated to the Wealthy Elite at the peril of the Lower and Middle Class. In time (And the time is rapidly approaching) there will be a revolt and this kind of inequity will be closed.

    The Federal Reserve System of Fractional Reserve Banking and perpetual debt is the root cause of the Economic Crisis. Debt can not be repaid with Debt. And for the few people who truly understand how the Central Banking system works this is clear evidence of why the system can not continue.

    In Colorado some of the Ski Resort Towns are so expensive that they can not hire ordinary people to work in the shops and stores that service the Wealthy. Kind of sucks to have so much money and no one to pump the gas into your car or make you lunch.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by InternetMarketingIQ View Post

      21% of Children in the United States are living BELOW the poverty level. This is clearly a misuse of Capitalistic Intent. Resources are being allocated to the Wealthy Elite at the peril of the Lower and Middle Class. In time (And the time is rapidly approaching) there will be a revolt and this kind of inequity will be closed.
      Give me a break. The wealthy already donate BILLIONS to charity. It's not their obligation to solve all the worlds problems. Individuals and governments also have to be accountable. How many kids go hungry because of bad decisions made by the parent or parents? A heck of a whole lot.

      The Federal Reserve System of Fractional Reserve Banking and perpetual debt is the root cause of the Economic Crisis. Debt can not be repaid with Debt. And for the few people who truly understand how the Central Banking system works this is clear evidence of why the system can not continue.
      Agree with you on that point.
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  • Profile picture of the author jam52633
    That's my snack bill, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Asher
    I think it's all relative. (as michael_nguyen stated)

    I don't know the dude but from the looks of it and
    from several responses, he's in the billion dollar worth
    range.

    For a person who owns billions of dollars to spend
    $50,000 on a meal - I don't think in anyway at all
    that is extravagant or over the top.

    Mathematically speaking... even if he only has
    1 Billion Dollars...

    $50,000 Divided by $1,000,000,000
    = 0.00005 = 0.005%


    If a person made $3,000 a month, being on the
    same terms... he just spent $15 on a meal with
    5 friends. Do we judge him as extravagant? Nope.

    But a guy who makes that much money, to spend
    that much/little? Yeah, we judge him.

    Asher
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    Sometimes you have to buy expensive stuff just to celebrate your wealth. It's part of having money.
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    • Profile picture of the author neo3006
      he could donate that money to the forum here and help the poor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vagabond 007
    I think the bigger story here is a bunch of people acting like they have a right to tell other people how to spend their money.

    All of this talk like "there are starving children". Give me a break. Whether a billionaire spends $50,000 on lunch or not, there will still be starving children. It's not wealthy peoples obligation to save the world.

    Without this guys funding, that football team wouldn't be playing games and ENTERTAINING millions of people. But let me guess, people shouldn't spend money on sporting events either. :rolleyes:

    Personally, I think more power to him. He CAN spend $50,000 on lunch. That's fascinating.

    Like you've never splurged and bought something expensive. Even if it seems "pointless". 60 inch TV vs 20 inch TV. Honda vs Lamborghini. One bedroom home vs mansion.

    This debate is so stupid. People can spend their money however they choose.

    Always a hypocrite. :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zimmerman
      I just wish I would have got a tip like that in all the years I bartended and waited tables. Wouldn't of bothered me one bit if they spent 50k to get it at that point lol. Who ever took care of that table has a huge on their face!
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      • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
        Originally Posted by Bryan Zimmerman View Post

        I just wish I would have got a tip like that in all the years I bartended and waited tables. Wouldn't of bothered me one bit if they spent 50k to get it at that point lol. Who ever took care of that table has a huge on their face!
        No joke!

        I didn't even think about being the waiter. But what kind of experience do you have to have to work somewhere they sell 35k wine?
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        • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
          Originally Posted by Buildingfutures View Post

          No joke!

          I didn't even think about being the waiter. But what kind of experience do you have to have to work somewhere they sell 35k wine?
          Just above average, but it's not that hard to get there.

          Not everyone is coming in to order that wine every day. I've worked in places that had wine that was over 10k, and cheese that was smuggled into the country and was pretty expensive itself.

          The majority don't go for the over the top stuff every time they go out, and a lot of times the rich are a lot cheaper than the middle class.

          Usually, it was the people you didn't peg for having money that left the best tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author ildarius
    Too bad the full Russian version of the news report is not available.

    When they brought the check the guy didn't even move a muscle, he calmly asked "are the tips included?"

    the bottles were not even finished, they went to a newly wed couple sitting at the next table
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    • Profile picture of the author CopyMonster
      How about these apples?

      $330,000 on a funky fungus (BBC NEWS)

      For whom it matters, the proceeds went to charity.

      I wonder if it tasted any good... my bet is anyone eating it will never admit in public if it didn't.

      Buffett is a unique individual indeed. If you get the chance, watch a British doco on him "The World's Greatest Money Maker" (from memory).

      You get the impression the man just enjoys making money, spending it - not so much. With that much wealth, you might think he eats at fancy restaurants and while sometimes he might through the deluge of invitations he must get, his regular is a plain jane diner that serves one of his favorite meals - T-bone steak and two cherry cokes (hold the veges). He lives in the same house he bought 30 years ago - he doesn't believe in owning several homes. And like someone else commented, while he could afford a fleet of the most expensive cars on the planet, his current car is a snow damaged (ie. "deal") that his daughter found for him.

      Food for thought indeed for wannabe millionaires.
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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    Did anyone forget that Chelsea FC has a transfer window ban? Hahaha! What good is it to have all the money in the world but not buy the best players! LOL.

    Money cant buy success (Tell that to Roman Abramovich and Florentino Pérez LOL).

    (I support the devils and they don't have the best players in the world, but their players have been groomed from this level to a higher level.)

    Anyway, give a percentage of your earnings to charity. Don't be selfish. But PAY YOURSELF FIRST! lol...

    buy what you want. If you have that much money you might as well have the lifestyle you desire.

    But I have to say this. If you keep buying luxury items and if you withhold from giving back to the community, you will feel that life is meaningless/mundane/sucks. There are rich people who are unhappy.

    P.S. $12 for water?! Over here, the most we pay for a glass of water is... $1? I think?

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  • They didn't have a very expensive desert, looks like.

    Check this one out -

    My $1000 Sundae… Yes, I Ate Gold!

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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel E Taylor
    The only thing worse than someone who doesn't donate to
    charity are the people who criticize them for it.

    I find it more egotistical to take a "I'm better than you because
    I donate to charity" stance than anything else.

    You are not perfect. How about you worry about your own life
    and living it better than criticizing others.

    I find those people more of the problem then greedy corporations.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alexchan338
    ummm.....i wish to serve them...thats a lot of tips.....
    Now i know... "you should be thinking of ways to become that billionnaire not the server".
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  • Profile picture of the author blalock61
    I were a billionaire I would try my best to eat this for lunch as much as possible. Just saying though.
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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    Poor Rio...
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  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    Apparently, there is a McDonalds near his Mansion.

    Everytime he goes in for a burger the guy behind the counter asks:

    "Would you like a Ferrari with that?"

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  • Profile picture of the author Chrissy Allen
    Hey

    Waste of money, big waste

    I would never spend that sort of cash regardless of how much i had

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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Briffa
    That dude is seriously rich man !! I remember seeing his super Yacht while on vacation in Malta a couple years ago.. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    I like Dr. Mani's answer to this. He is a thinker for sure.

    Often I muse about money that is "wasted" on expensive things. Take a yacht for example. Who really "needs" a yacht? Wouldn't the money be best spent helping people?

    Well it turns out the money spent on the expensive boat goes to the builders, the material supplies, who all have employees that feed their families by building yachts. The money they spend goes to the local grocery, churches, house payments, and charity.

    One could argue the money is wasted, but there is another way to see it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      people who are so quick to judge rich people and how they spend their money, bug me. Why? Because, first of all, it's no one's business what a rich person spends his money on. Secondly, money is not meant to be horded. It is meant to flow in and out of our lives. Thirdly, most of the time when people criticize rich people's spending habits they do so out of pure jealousy. There is nothing more evil than jealousy. And it is needless. Everyone one of us is capable of being a millionaire. There is enough abundance to go around and the moment we accept that and keep that mindset, then we would not worry about what people do with their money because we'd be too busy spending our own.

      I agree with Dr. Mani's comments too.
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    • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      I like Dr. Mani's answer to this. He is a thinker for sure.

      Often I muse about money that is "wasted" on expensive things. Take a yacht for example. Who really "needs" a yacht? Wouldn't the money be best spent helping people?

      Well it turns out the money spent on the expensive boat goes to the builders, the material supplies, who all have employees that feed their families by building yachts. The money they spend goes to the local grocery, churches, house payments, and charity.

      One could argue the money is wasted, but there is another way to see it.

      It's not just Dr Mani who said this. A number of people pretty much said the same, so perhaps they are thinkers too
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  • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
    Lots of ways to see how this kind of money affects things.

    But Scott, I really like that Idea. He pays for something really expensive, and he's paying someones check that they'll use to keep other people in business. Its a good cycle of life there.
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