How to Be Middle-Class Rich

You don't have to have über-big bucks to spend like you do
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2008 10:26 AM CST
The new Lamborghini Reventon is seen on the second press day at the International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Middle-class millionaires are carving out a luxe lifestyle to define their 16.5-million strong group, Forbes reports. And while the $1 million to $10 million stashed in the bank doesn’t make them all that rich, that doesn't put much of a dent in lavish spending habits:

  1. Mega-home improvements, to the tune of $150,000 yoga rooms.
  2. Haute couture jewelry, complete with 11-carat diamonds.

  1. Get-it-while-you-can luxe cars, like the $1.38 million Lamborghini Reventón.
  2. A $180,000 membership to access vacation homes around the world.
  3. Handbags that cost more than a car, like Rene Lautrec's $25,700 Aristocrat.
  4. Wine priced at $6,000 a pop, or a $150,000 membership in a private wine estate.
  5. A personal concierge to book plastic surgery and track down that Reventón.