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Rain Man
06-20-2006, 11:45 AM
We don't need names, just rough levels of richness and possibly how they got that way. We'll have two categories:

Category 1. Someone that you've met with and conversed with on equal terms, such as at a party or being in a business meeting with. This does not count "unequal meetings" such as leaning over the rail at training camp to talk to Tony Gonzalez.

Category 2. Someone you actually know and could call up and invite to lunch without them thinking you were just a sycophant.



For me, I'd go with this:


Category 1: I briefly had a client whose personal income was in the $15 million per year range. He founded a very large software company. We met to discuss some projects, and I did a little work for him, but he was also working with a Madison Avenue ad agency and they convinced him that he needed a New York research firm instead of a firm that ... wasn't in New York. I hate those people.

Category 2: I don't know a lot of rich people. I know one guy who is the son of the CEO of a billion-dollar company, so he's going to end up inheriting probably $10 million+. I've kind of lost touch with him, but I could call him if I needed to. Other than him, it would probably be a guy that I know who has wealth of undetermined origin, but he lives in a $2 million+ house, so I know he's got bucks. I could easily invite him to lunch, but I don't know him well enough to say, "How did you get stinking rich?"

Moooo
06-20-2006, 11:48 AM
I looked at this link and it intruiged me, mostly cause I haven't given it much thought. I'd say the best I can do off the top of my head is say I know a guy who owns a few banks. His family started them in the late 1800s and he reaps the benefits...

Moooo

MOhillbilly
06-20-2006, 11:51 AM
1)stood ten feet from Dan Snyder,met TONS of pro football players.

2) I know a few.

DaFace
06-20-2006, 11:54 AM
I really don't have anyone for Category 1, but for category 2 I have an uncle who lives in Florida who was VP of a $500 million company. He's not filthy rich or anything, but he's got a $750k house, four cars, two jet skis, a ski boat, and a lake house that's probably worth $300k. That's pretty rich to me.

StcChief
06-20-2006, 11:55 AM
1) I have friends that have made it on their own (not thru inheriting Daddy's money)

Relatives that got Daddy's money....

2) Same folks.

Baby Lee
06-20-2006, 11:56 AM
1. Guy I used to work for [and by extension, his son]. Plaintiff's attorney, and former owner of a riverboat casino. Exact dollar figures unknown, but I can say he took his stint in rehab as a chance to scope out Malibu real estate and buy a house between Mel Gibson's and Stallone's on the beach.

2. Two come to mind, one is a buddy's FiL who owns a company that makes a $.99 switch that is used in everything. Other is a good friend who started a company that provides advertising information Google uses to formulate it's hit matrix.

JBucc
06-20-2006, 11:57 AM
I don't know any rich people. Me and all my friends are failures and have no money.

POND_OF_RED
06-20-2006, 12:03 PM
1) I went to the same high school Brandon Lloyd went to and he came back for a game my senior year. I was in pretty good with the activities director so he introduced me and I got a couple autographs and talked to him for about 10 minutes.

2) I have a friend who has about an 800,000 dollar house and they just spent 2.5 million renovating the entire place...the back yard alone cost them 900k. It's really nice...hes got a little sports bar in the basement with 14 plasma screen TVs all around and a mini driving range room. I'm not even sure what his parents do I just know there rich...

Moooo
06-20-2006, 12:06 PM
2) I have a friend who has about an 800,000 dollar house and they just spent 2.5 million renovating the entire place...the back yard alone cost them 900k. It's really nice...hes got a little sports bar in the basement with 14 plasma screen TVs all around and a mini driving range room. I'm not even sure what his parents do I just know there rich...

This has drugs written all over it.

Moooo

Monkeylook4food
06-20-2006, 12:24 PM
I know a few athletes, execs, and real estate mogules. I also know the CEO of a fortune 500 company.

Dave Lane has a few bucks too.

wutamess
06-20-2006, 12:30 PM
I know a few athletes, execs, and real estate mogules. I also know the CEO of a fortune 500 company.

Dave Lane has a few bucks too.

In that case... I know Dave Lane.

I've met/seen numerous pro players.
I know a VP of Hallmark cards.

Noone I can call to dinner is considered rich.

My aunt is the closest thing to well off as she pays cash for cars I guess. I'm talkinig about cars as soon as they hit the market as she did it to her 2004 F150 when Ford changed the body styles.

Reerun_KC
06-20-2006, 12:31 PM
Well hum? I would have to say my neighbor Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. He owns the house next to mine in Edmond Ok.

Other than that, I know alot of poor people!

el borracho
06-20-2006, 12:34 PM
Category 1: When I moved to San Diego I answered a "roommate wanted" ad at the community college. The room I moved into was being vacated by a guy who was quitting school to devote more time to investing. Eventually, he moved to NY and set up his own hedge fund investment business. At one time I could have called him up for lunch without it seeming weird and if I were in NY I could probably still call him but at this point it has been several years since we have spoken. His net worth is somewhere over $125 million (all self-made).

Category 2: Two of the three remaining roommates from San Diego are now my closest friends. One of the two worked with the guy from category 1 for a number of years and is now quite well off. I've never directly asked him how much he's got but I'm fairly positive he is a millionaire (self-made).

Duck Dog
06-20-2006, 12:34 PM
1. I've rubbed elbows at a lot of telephone conventions and seminars with some very welthy people who own independent telephone companies.

2. My future father in law ownes one of those companies.

edit- I have two close friends who earn between 500K-1M each year. They are of course business owners.

mikey23545
06-20-2006, 12:39 PM
My brother-in-law is the president of Starbucks Coffee...Will that do?

jidar
06-20-2006, 12:44 PM
I called Mark Cuban a whiney faggot on his blog.

Bootlegged
06-20-2006, 12:49 PM
I once saw Alphonso Hodge at a Waffle House.

MOhillbilly
06-20-2006, 12:51 PM
This has drugs written all over it.

Moooo..

LOL!

HAAA-YOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Rain Man
06-20-2006, 12:55 PM
Dave Lane has a few bucks too.

Don't be fooled by Dave's bling.

CoMoChief
06-20-2006, 01:02 PM
I personally know the Halas family (founder of the Chicago Bears) through my grandmother who's friends of the family in which she's had season tix there for the last 50 years.

Personal friend though would have to be a guy named Mark Stewart, if anyone knows who he is by any chance or for those of you that dont and live in the Blue Springs, Independence, Lees Summit area, he used to live in that huge white and blue house by Lake Jacomo off of Woods Chapel rd. He doesnt live there anymore, a development company bought out the land they owned and want to turn it into a subdivision and make his house a clubhouse. This is also how I personally met George Brett many times behind closed doors when Id be over at his house. He's a really nice guy but in public I can see how he can come across as an arrogant asshole.

JBucc
06-20-2006, 01:03 PM
Oh I almost forgot since I'm from Arkansas I must be related to all the Waltons somehow.

DaKCMan AP
06-20-2006, 01:09 PM
1. Earlier this year we had final presentations for a senior-level year-long project. There were 25 or so teams made up of multi-disciplinary engineers. Each team had a different project to complete for a different company. They were given specs/deliverables to meet by the company and were provided with liason engineers to interface with throughout the year.

Anyway, at the Final Presentations there was a gentleman who viewed ours and then came and spoke to us afterwards with interest. Later I found out he was the keynote speaker at the luncheon banquet afterwards. He is an entrepreneur and start-up guy who worked for both Apple and Microsoft decades ago. He invented Powerpoint, among other things.

2. Hmm..I guess I have a cousin who was a very high level VP for Citi bank a few years ago (now retired). :shrug:

cdcox
06-20-2006, 01:11 PM
I know a bunch of people that are very well off, but not super rich. Large houses, vacatiion homes, boats, can retire comfortabley in their 40's and 50's, that kind of thing. Did it different ways: one guy cashed in stock options at the company he worked for, another saved every penny for 25 years, another has a very good job (near 200k annual salary I'm guessing) another bought some comerical real estate and later sold it for a good profit, and a few others have had two good wage earners for a number of years and no kids. All these people are catagory 2.

I know one athelete who is probably a little better off than these folks, that would probably fit into catagory 1. Maybe there is someone else that I'm not thinking of that would be filthy rich, but its not coming to mind.

BucEyedPea
06-20-2006, 01:13 PM
The older man millionaire I dated in my early twenties...don't know how many millions he was worth exactly. I didn't really care to know. I just wanted to see what it was like to ride in a nice Mercedes. :)

DaKCMan AP
06-20-2006, 01:16 PM
The older man millionaire I dated in my early twenties...don't know how many millions he was worth exactly. I didn't really care to know. I just wanted to see what it was like to ride in a nice Mercedes. :)

I ain't saying she's a gold digger..

Psyko Tek
06-20-2006, 01:33 PM
My dad owns a bar....

that's riches you can't put a monetary value on

Inspector
06-20-2006, 01:45 PM
Uncle who is a millionair many, many times over. Lives in a small house in Independence. Shops at Walmart and still goes to his business (the business one of my sons has taken over) everyday. He's in his early 70's.

One of my other sons F-I-L owns a manufacturing business in the Blue Springs / Lee's Summit area. Not sure what he's worth, but plenty.

My cousin was president (now his son, still my cousin) of Sensormatic - the company that makes the tags that keep things from being stolen. He lives on a 80' sailboat on the inner coastal waterway and has an apartment in Manhatten, New York and another in New Zealand.

We certainly are not rich, but I have raised 5 sons, sent each to college, own my own house (paid for) and pay cash for any car I buy, but those things don't make one rich - at all. The kids give us riches beyond monetary value (grandbabies). Those grandbabies makes me richer than anyone I know.

MGRS13
06-20-2006, 02:03 PM
I know the ceo of sprint and the owner/ceo of gear for sports. I'm not friends with these people I have just spoke with them multiple times these guys are RICH, most of the other people listed in this thread are just wealthy.

Rain Man
06-20-2006, 02:12 PM
We certainly are not rich, but I have raised 5 sons, sent each to college, own my own house (paid for) and pay cash for any car I buy, but those things don't make one rich - at all. The kids give us riches beyond monetary value (grandbabies). Those grandbabies makes me richer than anyone I know.

I agree with you, but I think it's illegal to sell them, though.

J Diddy
06-20-2006, 02:12 PM
I ain't saying she's a gold digger..


ROFL

Rain Man
06-20-2006, 02:15 PM
I was in a meeting once with one of the guys who owns an enormous meat-packing plant here in Colorado, and they also own the Colorado Rockies. I didn't speak to him or anything, so I wouldn't count him on my list, but I remember looking over at him and thinking that the sweater he was wearing probably cost more than my car. That was a darn nice sweater.

Over-Head
06-20-2006, 02:19 PM
To answer the origional question.
I am,
-I have my health
-I finally started my business of specializing in "Ornamental Plaster" only.
-I have a wife who loves me
-Im about to become a dad for the first time



Id say that makes me a mighty wealthy man.

Rain Man
06-20-2006, 02:24 PM
To answer the origional question.
I am,
-I have my health
-I finally started my business of specializing in "Ornamental Plaster" only.
-I have a wife who loves me
-Im about to become a dad for the first time



Id say that makes me a mighty wealthy man.


I hear that Lamborghini now accepts wifely love as a down payment.

Over-Head
06-20-2006, 02:33 PM
I hear that Lamborghini now accepts wifely love as a down payment. Dude, I live on an island that's 8 square miles..
wtf would I do with a Lambo?:hmmm:

Inspector
06-20-2006, 02:37 PM
I agree with you, but I think it's illegal to sell them, though.

I aint no stinkin lawyer so I don't get all hung up with legalities.

They go to the highest bidder, that's all I know.

Dunit35
06-20-2006, 02:43 PM
My buddies grandpa is the richest person I know. He owns several oil companies around here.

rageeumr
06-20-2006, 02:51 PM
This thread is kind of depressing. I guess I don't really know any rich people.

Category 1 - I have done some business with a local developer who owns a couple of 15+ story buildings on the plaza as well as a bunch of buildings downtown. I don't know what his net worth is, but it's several million I'm sure.

Category 2 - I guess the closest thing would be the co-owners of my company. They do pretty well.

kc rush
06-20-2006, 03:12 PM
My uncle is the wealthiest person I know. He has been a Sr. VP with Webber Grills for years. Nice house in Chicago backing up to a beautiful private golf course, he also has 10 grills in the back yard.

The golf course is too pricey for my uncle ($100,000 dues I think), but you can sneak onto the course at night. The grass felt like carpet. Of course I took a huge divet out of the fairway when my friends and I were practicing chipping onto the green. We pretty well left after that.

My uncle is a normal guy. Outside of the house (and a Mercedes) he doesn't flaunt his money, and he has always come through in helping family.

kc rush
06-20-2006, 03:14 PM
While I never got to hang out, my grandfather went to high school with Mr. K, so he got to go into the owners box a couple of times for reunions.

jspchief
06-20-2006, 03:17 PM
1. I have some business aquantainces that are ridiculously rich, including one who might be the richest person in the city of Des Moines.

2. I have a close friend who I know is rich, but I couldn't guess just how rich. I just know by his lifestyle that money is never an object.

CHENZ A!
06-20-2006, 03:17 PM
My friends uncle is loaded, and a real cool guy also. He is originally from here, but lives in Houston(another house in Colorado), and he flew 3 of us out to Houston last yr for the Chiefs - Texans Sun. night game. He payed for the plane tickets, and the tickets to the game which were around $200 apiece, and that was the first and only time I'd ever met him. I just couldn't believe it, it was a great trip.

Rain Man
06-20-2006, 03:24 PM
My uncle is the wealthiest person I know. He has been a Sr. VP with Webber Grills for years. Nice house in Chicago backing up to a beautiful private golf course, he also has 10 grills in the back yard.

The golf course is too pricey for my uncle ($100,000 dues I think), but you can sneak onto the course at night. The grass felt like carpet. Of course I took a huge divet out of the fairway when my friends and I were practicing chipping onto the green. We pretty well left after that.

My uncle is a normal guy. Outside of the house (and a Mercedes) he doesn't flaunt his money, and he has always come through in helping family.

I know the market researcher who has the research contract for Weber Grills, and I covet it highly even though she's a nice person. They're her only client, but they're huge.

wutamess
06-20-2006, 03:25 PM
My friends uncle is loaded, and a real cool guy also. He is originally from here, but lives in Houston(another house in Colorado), and he flew 3 of us out to Houston last yr for the Chiefs - Texans Sun. night game. He payed for the plane tickets, and the tickets to the game which were around $200 apiece, and that was the first and only time I'd ever met him. I just couldn't believe it, it was a great trip.

You sound as giddy as a fag with a bag of diccs.
I'm happy for you.

carlos3652
06-20-2006, 05:36 PM
Category 1: Bono from U2, Ginobli (SA Spurs), A few kids from Argentina that play in Europe Soccer Leagues, most notable Riquelme... (some of you dont know them so I wont go into detail...)

Category 2: My Wife's Grandpa - Owns Bott Radio Network http://www.bottradionetwork.com/splashFlash.asp

My Brother in Law - Owns Blue Water Quality Spas
http://bluewaterspas.com/

dtebbe
06-20-2006, 06:23 PM
I ain't saying she's a gold digger..

ROFL ROFL

It's times like this that I really feel for folks who don't listen to hip hop!

For those of you who dont:

KANYE WEST (f/ Jamie Foxx) LYRICS

Gold Digger

Chorus:
(She did me wrong)
Now I aint sayin she a gold digger (When I'm Need)
But she aint messin wit no broke *****z (negros)
(She did me wrong)
Now I aint sayin she a gold digger (When I'm need)
but she aint messin wit no broke *****z (negros)
get down girl go head get down (I gotta leave)
get down girl go head get down (I gotta leave)
get down girl go head get down (I gotta leave)
get down girl go head

VonneMarie
06-20-2006, 06:26 PM
Oprah Winfrey is my mom.

dtebbe
06-20-2006, 06:31 PM
Oprah Winfrey is my mom.

Oprah cracks me up. Not even Mark Cuban starts his own magazine and puts himself on the cover every month. I laugh everytime I see that rag at the checkout.

DT

Rain Man
06-20-2006, 06:33 PM
Oprah cracks me up. Not even Mark Cuban starts his own magazine and puts himself on the cover every month. I laugh everytime I see that rag at the checkout.

DT

And she laughs every time she buys a new villa in the south of France.

VonneMarie
06-20-2006, 06:33 PM
Oprah cracks me up. Not even Mark Cuban starts his own magazine and puts himself on the cover every month. I laugh everytime I see that rag at the checkout.

DT
Don't talk about my mother that way. :shake:

jlscorpio
06-20-2006, 06:34 PM
1. Bll Gates

2. Herzig

bogie
06-20-2006, 07:16 PM
I'm friends with the brother of the guy that started Priceline. I've seen to a few Lakers games from floor seats. Sweet!

My FiL owns a furniture manufacturing company that's worth 200 to 300 million. He and his wife live in a multi- million dollar high rise, their daughter and I live in a little house in the valley.

Dave Lane
06-20-2006, 07:30 PM
Don't be fooled by Dave's bling.


Sadly I'm the poor one of the siblings. Well there's just one other brother...

Dave

CHENZ A!
06-20-2006, 07:33 PM
You sound as giddy as a Rump Ranger with a bag of diccs.
I'm happy for you.

Uhh.. I wouldn't go that far, but it was pretty heterocool. :)

Chiefs Minor Satellite
06-20-2006, 07:35 PM
I was out walking my dogs and met Sam Walton. He was very amiable and genuinely a nice person. I don't know if I could have called him and did lunch, but he was very easy to talk to.

I also know the owner of a leisure boat company. The company employs over 700 people. One of their boats, a 37 footer, sells for over $250,000 The place manufactures 15-19 boats per week. My guess is that he has many more bucks than I have. We are on a first name basis.

burt
06-20-2006, 07:38 PM
1) Rick Hendricks...you know Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson etc...ownes a bout 60 dealerships...

20 My best friend from my late tean years. I asked him what he does now...."I am in charge of all legal affairs for (large cell phone co) in the U.S. and Canada"....Dunno how much that pays...but it's gotta be big!!!

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-20-2006, 08:04 PM
Ahh pissing contests :D

ENDelt260
06-20-2006, 08:09 PM
I just got a raise today. I'm finally back up to what I was making five years ago fresh out of college. Whoo-hoo!

Big Dick Jones
06-20-2006, 08:12 PM
I was out walking my dogs and met Sam Walton. He was very amiable and genuinely a nice person. I don't know if I could have called him and did lunch, but he was very easy to talk to.

I also know the owner of a leisure boat company. The company employs over 700 people. One of their boats, a 37 footer, sells for over $250,000 The place manufactures 15-19 boats per week. My guess is that he has many more bucks than I have. We are on a first name basis.
Is that boat company owner a former KU QB?

Chiefs Minor Satellite
06-20-2006, 09:25 PM
Is that boat company owner a former KU QB?
Pack? I know he went to KU and played football but I wasn't sure of what position he played, that was before my time.

His son was my next door neighbor for a while.

Big Dick Jones
06-20-2006, 09:32 PM
Pack? I know he went to KU and played football but I wasn't sure of what position he played, that was before my time.

His son was my next door neighbor for a while.
Yep, Pack St. Clair. I only met him once at Chanute Country Club. I think he was a backup to Hadl.

DJay23
06-20-2006, 09:39 PM
Category 1: Mike Mussina. I teach in the district he attended and his kids attended. Have met him a couple times. Very nice guy. Very quiet and reserved, but very quiet. Don't know what his current contract is, but i know it's pretty big.

Category 2: I have no idea. I'm pretty much ignorant to how much money people I know make.

rad
06-20-2006, 09:47 PM
I once saw Alphonso Hodge at a Waffle House.
ROFL
I can't believe no one else got this!

Nzoner
06-20-2006, 11:15 PM
1.I've been involved in numerous meetings over the years with rich people and I wouldn't have the slightest who was richest.

2.I have two close friends who each borrowed $10,000 from their fathers after college graduation to open a record store(that was 1975).Today they own 4 businesses,numerous pieces of real estate,have beautiful homes,numerous cars,rv etc.What's even better is they're two of the most down to earth guys you could ever meet,and two of the best friends a guy could ever want.

ChiefsCountry
06-20-2006, 11:25 PM
Well I dont know them but my family used to do business with Lamar Hunt and the Busch family (beer). For me personally it would be John Q. Hammons and Audie Walton. Hammons is the hotel guy from Springfield and Walton lives in my hometown, she is Bud Walton's widow and mother in law to Bill Laurie and Stan Kroneke. All of these would be category 1.

ZepSinger
06-20-2006, 11:35 PM
One of my closest friends is a land developer. 39 years old, just built a 2 million dollar home in the middle of 220 acres out in the country. He also owns 3,000 acres of land south of KC that he's getting ready to build a 50 acre lake on. My best guess is he's worth around 10 mil....