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Quick—someone break out a violin. A really, really
big and really, really expensive violin. The world’s richest moms need it to
accompany their very, very bittersweet (and very, very annoying) story.
Erin Carlyle writes in Forbes
about how the world’s richest moms (and, inexplicably, Oprah) successfully
combine being billionaires and parents.
Because “raising nice, normal kids can be quite the
challenge for billionaires. So, too, can be keeping your relationship with your
children intact. What, with the nannies, the media attention and the abundance
of wealth itself, billionaire spawn can face more than the average temptations
by the time they reach 18.”
Let’s not insult other women by pretending that something so basic, primal and important is as challenging when you have every possible bit of help at your disposal.
It’s not as if wealthy women necessarily live problem-free
lives. But let’s not insult other women by pretending that something so
basic, primal and important is as challenging when you have every possible
bit of help at your disposal. If your priorities are straight, values are intact, integrity
level is high, you don’t have a need to walk red carpets on weeknights, your kids
aren’t given everything they ask for whenever they ask for it—chances are
good that your family will do just fine (or at least as fine as non-billionaire
families do). Especially if you can afford to have other people take care of
all of the other clutter and stress that bogs down families afforded fewer choices.
Go ahead and be a billionaire. Your goods and services
clearly make people happy, and the money you spend goes into the health of the
economy. You probably employ tons of people. Surely you give boatloads to charity.
However, when you’re a billionaire and decide to remain at the helm of your
company and also raise good kids, you are making a choice. While you may decide
to call that choice a challenge, you might also just want to keep that to
yourself next time.