I came across any article about the 5 things that the rich people in America do not like to talk about. After reading the article, I decided that this was good advice for everyone. So, to all those people, both family and strangers, who like to speak on any of these 5 subjects; take it somewhere else because I do not want to know your opinion about these subjects, if they are brought up in general conversation. If you feel that you “need” to speak out on any of these subjects, then do so away from me or do as I do and take the time to write about it in your own personal blog…like me.

 

No. 5: Health issues

Every holiday, there seems to be at least one family member hell bent on monopolizing at least a 15-minute block of conversation by telling the room of the various pains, probing’s and procedures they’ve undergone within the past year.

It rarely has any direct link to their ability to eat dinner or discuss other topics, but it almost always puts every intimate detail on the table and makes you think twice about filling your plate with seconds. The folks at the table are getting off easy, however. For every one-off family dinner ruined, there are countless hours in the break room, before staff meetings or on the job itself that hapless co-workers are being regaled with the same tales.

That said, it occasionally helps to tell someone when your health is going a bit off. A study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave found that 31 percent of those 50 and older don’t want to broach the topics of health care or retirement because they don’t want to feel like burdens on their children. With plans for their accumulated wealth both after retirement and beyond having direct impact on those around them, though, it’s a good idea not to treat every health issue like the equivalent of a Christmas chat about Obamacare.

 

No. 4: Religion

Any good bartender knows that this is one of those topics of conversation you need to squelch as soon as it arises.

It’s easy to understand why wealthy people would want to take that stance as well. It’s a polarizing topic that could sever business and personal relationships and, perhaps just as importantly, shut off entire streams of revenue.

Think we’re blowing this out of proportion? Just ask National Football League owners, who are among the wealthiest people on the planet. When Arizona’s state legislature managed to push through a “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate openly against whomever they chose based on religious beliefs, the NFL and its owners pulled top Arizona officials aside and made it clear that they wanted the bill dead and the conversation over.

Companies including Google and Apple came out against the bill, just as they had come out for gay marriage proposals in Illinois and elsewhere, but the NFL has just as broad of a following and doesn’t like being tied to legislation that would cost it a single fan or viewer. Just to send that point home, they reminded Arizona that the state is slated to host the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl in 2015. The league may have also reminded the state it had no problem taking a Super Bowl away from Arizona during the 1990s, when the state refused to honor the federal holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Shortly after getting a statement from the NFL and meeting with the state’s Super Bowl host committee, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill. It’s just one example of how religion and the business of the wealthy don’t tend to mix.

 

No. 3: Sex

There’s little to be gained from shifting pillow talk out of the bedroom and into the break room, especially when you have a lot to lose as a result.

Sex cost the chief executive of Best Buy after the company found out he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. The CEO of Hewlett-Packard lost his job in 2010 after a letter came to light that accused him of sexually harassing a company contractor.

Former chief of Boeing, ex-Stryker CEO and one-time Lockheed Martin president and COO are just some of the other powerful figures whose sex lives ended up costing them their jobs. Whether it’s an ongoing relationship, a one-off tryst or a blatant case of marital infidelity or workplace impropriety, there’s just about no situation in which crowing about one’s sexual exploits makes millions instead of costing millions or worse.

 

No. 2: Politics

This is what political action committees and donor rolls are for, people.

Airing one’s political beliefs is a dicey proposition when your millions depend on a broad base of support from both sides of the aisle. If you’re fairly secure in your niche clientele and feel they’re likely to respond positively to your views, you can make political donations to anti-gay groups as Chick-fil-A did in 2012 and make anti-gay statements and still see a spike in sales. If you’re an NFL sponsor and rely on U.S. pizza buyers from all walks of life to bolster your business, it’s much tougher to come out against Obamacare and not see the same sales slides Papa John’s did in 2012.

Then again, when you have enough capital amassed and have a diverse collection of holdings that are nearly boycott-proof, it’s far easier to make your beliefs public. Just ask the Koch Brothers or George Soros.

 

 No. 1: Money

Even with the global financial crisis winding down, flaunting wealth is still largely frowned upon outside of Dubai or Monaco. The aspirational, luxury-oriented 2000s are still viewed through a veil of regret here in the U.S. thanks to the housing crisis, bank collapses, bailouts and the deep recession that followed.

It’s to the point that items indicating even marginal excess — such as wearing Google Glass beyond Silicon Valley, MIT’s campus or the nation’s various tech corridors — warrant strenuous debate and yield the conclusion that we’re probably still not ready for public displays of wealth as of yet.

For many, wealth comes with plenty of intense emotions, and there is perhaps some degree of misplaced guilt or embarrassment surrounding money by those who have accumulated it — despite the fact that high-net-worth individuals are typically likely to be society’s primary wealth and job creators and major tax contributors.

 

 

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