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#17 - Personal Bodyguards

#17 - Personal Bodyguards

Bilyeu Group
Price: US $1,500 per day per guard

Rich people love personal body guards. While protection is a factor in the love affair that the rich have with personal protection, bodyguards are an important social accessory, akin to Bottega handbags, Tiffany key pendants and Patek Philippe watches. Any self respecting well-to-do socialite would be remiss to leave home without their favorite Bilyeu, Icon or Blackwater security professional. In fact, corporations spend millions to keep their CEOs and top executives out of harm’s way.

There are many security accessories that the rich must have; home security, armoured vehicles, hand guns, chauffeured vehicles, safe rooms, property guards, personal protection dogs, risk assessments and back-up power systems but none carry the exclusivity of personal body guards. There are many monikers that security personnel adopt to ensure that the wealthy feel their money is well spent, but as they say a rose by any name smells the same. There are VIP, executive, celebrity and personal bodyguards and each fulfills the same purpose; provide wealthy individuals the opportunity to become the centre of attention among their peers by nonchalantly mentioning the 6’5”, 235lb gent acting as their bodyguard.

Numerous choices exist for you to express your self-importance through the use of a well-dressed and a well-paid bully. You may opt for round-the-clock security to plan daily driving routes, pat down visitors and generally intimidate anyone that is granted the privilege to meet with you. Salaries start at roughly $75,000 per year and climb rapidly with experience and additional training. The other option is to hire services on an as-needed basis. While the per diem for these mercenaries is $1,500 it ensures that the novelty of your bone crushing sidekick is not lost on your social circle. Beware the perils of securing personal protection, Whitney Houston was never the same after her and Kevin Costner tasted the forbidden fruit of bodyguard romance!

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#1 - Armoured Vehicles

#1 - Armoured Vehicles

Knight XV by Conquest Vehicles
Price: US $310,000

Armored vehicles are why I decided to start blogging…they are extravagant by every measure. Ignoring whether I actually believe that someone needs this kind of protection, I am amazed by the sheer size and price. I mean, for $310,000 you could probably buy off anyone that really wanted to hurt you! The Knight XV from Conquest Vehicles is somewhere between a tank and luxury bus but only 100 are being manufactured so don’t delay! The specs on this baby are impressive…GVWR of 17,000lbs, curb weight of 12,000lbs (by comparison an Escalade is only 5,700lbs), V10 6.8L engine, 100″ tall (that’s 8′ 4″) with a length of 240″ or a full 20′ long. Take a look at their photo gallery to get an idea of how big it is…it makes a hummer look like a Tonka toy! Next time you park next to your neighbour’s new Lamborghini at the country club you can be sure his manhood will whither.

The question that armoured vehicles raise is, are you safer in this behemoth with all the attention that it attracts with its opaque armour and optional two-way P/A intercom system? I mean, I understand armoured vehicles for the military, police and other professionals that are in the line of fire but they likely aren’t outfitting their vehicle with first class aircraft sleeper seating, flat panel TVs, cigar humidors or a refreshment bar.

But I digress, this really is about how the ultra-rich spend their money. Clearly a need for safety makes armoured vehicles a viable line of business for companies like Conquest Vehicles, Inkas Armoured and Stoof.  Don’t get me wring, I understand how important personal safety is; in Ironman…even the US military couldn’t protect Tony Stark! Next time you are wondering how to dispose of $310,000 look no further than a vehicle that also keeps the environment in mind by utilizing a flex-fuel option which enables consumption of up to 85% ethanol…a diesel engine is available if you plan to do a lot of river crossings. One more thing, don’t forget the optional ‘under vehicle magnetic attachment detector’…even a Blackwater operative would think twice about working in such desperate conditions!

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