Pure Pedantry

The economy is rough for everybody. The super-rich are cutting back on their mistress subsidies:

According to a new survey by Prince & Assoc., more than 80% of multimillionaires who had extra-marital lovers planned to cut back on their gifts and allowances. Still, only 12% of the multimillionaire cheaters said they plan to give up on their lovers altogether for financial reasons.

“Rich people are getting hit, and they’re all expressing the need to curtail unnecessary spending,” said Russ Alan Prince, president of Prince & Assoc., a wealth-research firm based in Connecticut. “Lovers are part of the same calculation.”

Of course, any study of millionaires and their mistresses should be taken with a large grain of salt. The survey — a subset of a larger wealth study — polled 191 individuals with a minimum net worth of $20 million who said they had lovers of at least a year or more (this to screen out the one-night stands, etc.). About two thirds of the respondents were men and one third women. All were married and all had personal control over their finances, meaning the women and men surveyed were the primary wealth holders in their homes.

The most surprising stats in the study relate to gender and what might be termed “length of service.” Fully 82% of men in the study said they planned to lower the allowances to their mistresses, while more than three quarters planned to provide fewer gifts, less expensive gifts and fewer perks, like jet rides, resort vacations and top restaurant meals.

Women were far more generous to their paramours in the face of financial crises. Less than 20% planned to lower allowances, gifts and perks, while more than half planned to raise them.

Looks like the men are substantially less generous to their mistresses than the women are to their manstresses…histresses…is there even a word for that?

Comments

  1. #1 llewelly
    November 28, 2008

    The terms prostitute and paramour are gender-neutral.

  2. #2 D. C. Sessions
    November 28, 2008

    Looks like the men are substantially less generous to their mistresses than the women are to their manstresses…histresses…is there even a word for that?

    “Boy toys.” Or at least that’s what $HERSELF calls me. Being well past 50 I’m not going to argue.

  3. #3 Dan Howitt
    November 29, 2008

    Hmm food for thought thanks for the article.
    Dan Howitt
    New York, NY