Rich & Famous

December 14, 2008

In the spirit of Maggie from Extras

If you had to choose, which would you rather be?

  1. Rich, but unknown; or
  2. Famous, but actually poor.

The two words are used together so often, but are not synonyms.  

It seems like an easy choice.  

But, then why do so many people choose option two?

Perhaps they assume that “famous” is a stepping stone.

Although, how easy is it to go from “poor and famous” to “rich and famous”?

Are there many examples of people who have actually made that transition?  I can’t think of any.

And in the meantime, how crappy would it be to be recognised by everybody, but not actually have the income that they will probably assume you have to go with the famous face?

On the other hand, going from “rich and unknown” to “rich and famous” would be much easier, if famous was your ultimate goal.  Most people who want to be rich rather than famous will, I suspect, be quite happy with “rich and unknown”.

Interested in your thoughts…