Income inequality is now at its highest levels since the Great Depression, and as this gap has grown, so have our fantasies of the idle rich, from the Kardashians to "Real Housewives." But many of the mega-rich have gotten mega-richer, with no plans to quit for a life of gentle tanning.
Writing for Forbes, Larissa Faw examines why some people continue to work, despite having enough money to spend the rest of their days sailing the Aegean, and hiring tiny fish to nibble at their feet. But from their own mouths, here are why five high-rolling individuals keep their noses to their golden grindstones:
The Mega-Rich: Why I Still Work
The Super-Rich: 5 Multi-Millionaires Explain Why They Keep Working
Despite four decades of chairing or CEO-ing media companies, Alan Meckler, 65, has no plans to quit. Now CEO of media empire WebMediaBrands, and with a net worth of over $400 million, according to Forbes, why does one of the most successful media entrepreneurs of all time keep doing another day, another dollar?
He told Forbes it's "for posterity. Need to go out with another winner."
When grandmother Joanne Gilberts won the lottery in 2007, scooping £1.1 million ($1.7 million) into her bank account, she decided to still return to her £6-an-hour job at a hospital laundry.
"I know it might seem strange to some people but I've been working at the hospital for 21 years, and it is a big part of my life. I just wanted to get back to normality," she told the BBC. "...I'm determined to keep my feet on the ground and just wanted to put my life back on an even keel after all the excitement."
In 60 years, Rupert Murdoch has transformed an Australian news agency into a sprawling global media empire, and racked up a net worth of $9.4 billion in the process. And at 81, he remains on the offensive, with the modest ambitions of conquering the web.
"So long as I can stay mentally alert;-- inquiring, curious -- I want to keep going," he told Esquire." I love my wife and my children, but I don't want to sit around at home with them. We go on safaris and things like that. I can do that for a couple of weeks a year. I'm just not ready to stop, to die."
Al Davis, the coach, general manager, and owner of the Oakland Raiders for 50 years, who's bullishness ultimately led to the creation of the Super Bowl, reportedly said in 2007, at the age of 78, that he wouldn't retire until his team won two more of the Vince Lombardis. Unfortunately, he died first. But his franchise's motto lives on: "Just win, baby!"
Investor of legend Warren tax-me-and-my-rich-friends Buffett, 82, the second richest man in American (with a net worth of around $46 billion) has no plans to retire as chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Even a prostate cancer diagnosis last year failed to trip up his resolve.
The reason is simple. As he said at the 25th anniversary dinner of the Economic Club in Washington: "I'm having the time of my life!"