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Hot Hospitality Careers: Catering to the Ultra-Rich

The hottest developmenst in hospitality careers are those serving the legions of newly minted billionaires. Think you might enjoy maintaining a wealthy client's fleet of jets and organizing their weekend rendezvous on a remote private island?

If you answered yes, then a career in the billionaire service industry might be right for you. According to a recent Atlantic Monthly article, there are approximately 30,000 people living in the United States with more than $30 million in investable assets. Emerging corps of professionals are getting specialized training to see to the needs of the very rich.

That training is service-related a cornerstone of a hospitality career. Take the skills learned in hotel and restaurant management and apply them to managing a 20,000 square foot home and you begin to see what it's about. As a house manager for the rich, you could be responsible for making sure their formal dinner parties run smoothly, their favorite foods are always available, and their private jet is ready to take off on a spontaneous getaway to one of their several vacation homes in exotic corners of the world.

A Hospitality Career for Jet Setters
While you might not have the personal funds to support a jet-setting lifestyle, you may enjoy many of the things that jet-setters do through a hospitality career built on serving billionaires. You are the point of contact for their very busy, highly scheduled lives. As such, it's likely that you would accompany them on many trips. Of course, you're on the clock much of the time, but you're surrounded by beautiful things, people and landscapes. You get to put together private parties where little expense is spared.

Catering to the rich is all about providing the best service possible, and that's why training in hotel and restaurant management can be useful. You'll take those skills and apply them to a slightly different context. Of course, there are many differences between running a top-rated restaurant and hotel and a private billionaire estate.

In a hotel and restaurant management career, your working hours will be more clearly defined. As a glorified butler of billionaires, you'll likely be on call all hours of the day. If an emergency arises, you'll need to be available. You'll also have only one or two people as bosses, and you'll likely interact with them on a more personal level than you would with a corporate boss.

If a hospitality career seeing to the whims, wishes, and demands of the ultra rich sounds good to you, get the training it takes to pursue this growing and unique career opportunity.

Sheelah Kolhatkar, Inside the Billionaire Service Industry, The Atlantic Monthly, September, 2006.

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