Socialites are people who have, undoubtedly, one of the strangest jobs in the world. They are, essentially, paid to socialise - to associate with the rich elite, to attend social and charity events in the world’s major cities, and to make appearances at the newest, hippest spots. The key to being a socialite is to be popular as well as a savvy networker. Typically, famous socialites have been born into wealthy families and have inherited large fortunes and very useful names.
Many people use the word 'socialite' in a derogatory sense: To some, this job description implies someone who simply got lucky and gets paid for a whole lot of, basically, nothing. However, keeping the money rolling in does require a team of supportive, savvy business people; behind every socialite is a clever agent, at least one marketing specialist and a famous face who knows how to conduct themselves in the smartest, most universally acceptable and popular way possible.
Like it or not, by utilising their people skills, their connections and often the power of social media and tabloid journalism, socialites propel themselves to the top. Although their methods for staying in the headlines may be questionable, they have the tenacity and determination needed to make it big. The following list takes a look at some of the richest socialites alive today, and elucidates how they gained their elevated social status.
10 Nicole Richie $5 million
9 Allison Melnick - $7.5 million
8 Dorothy Wang - $10 million
7 Tinsley Mortimer - $35 million
6 Brandon Davis - $55 million
5 The Kardashians - $80 million
Kardashian is one of the most well-known names in Hollywood these days. However, despite the immense fame of the Kardashian sisters - Kim, Khloe and Kourtney - and their entire family, some might claim their fame really only rests on one event: Kim once made a sex tape with her then boyfriend Ray-J, which leaked onto the internet. This launched Kim into the spotlight, and her entire family soon followed her. Soon, E! had launched a series, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians', which focused on their lavish lives. Their strong presence on social media only proved to boost their fame. Now that 'Kimye' are a thing, the Kardashians are more famous than ever before.
4 Sale Johnson - $100 million
3 Sabrina Guinness - $100 million
2 Paris Hilton - $100 million
1 Caroline Luel-Brockdorff - $400 million
Caroline Luel-Brockdorff is one of London’s most prominent socialites, but this extremely wealthy lady actually hails from Denmark. Luel-Brockdorff is a member of the Danish royal family, which means that her wealth is estimated at a cool $400 million. Luel-Brockdorff is known for her high-profile relationships. She was once married to Rory Fleming, the son of the creator of the James Bond series. Afterwards, she became engaged to Arsenal player Nicklas Bendtner, but the pair split just a few weeks after Luel-Brockdorff had given birth to their child.