THE PRICE OF THE GOOD LIFE

From Gucci loafers to a kilo of caviar: the Cost of Liv­ing Ex­tremely Well.

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THINK IT’S EASY be­ing a multi­bil­lion­aire? Well, yes, it prob­a­bly is—and Amer­ica’s rich­est will be heart­ened fur­ther by our lat­est Cost of Liv­ing Ex­tremely Well In­dex (CLEWI), which shows that consumer prices for the ten-fig­ure set nudged up just 1.7% this year, nearly half a point be­low its 2016 in­crease. Since the Rea­gan era, we’ve tracked the cost of this bas­ket of 40 ul­tra­luxe items; it has gone up ev­ery year, by an av­er­age of 5%, while the U.S. Consumer Price In­dex has risen 3% a year, on av­er­age, over the same pe­riod. What­ever the cost of these glam­orous gew­gaws, the wealth­i­est can han­dle it: Since we be­gan track­ing CLEWI in 1982, the av­er­age net worth of The Forbes 400 has in­creased 960%.

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THE FOUR SEA­SONS

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