Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Markets in Everything: English Butlers in China

Bloomberg -- "English butlers, synonymous with Reginald Jeeves in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, are answering more calls from super-rich Chinese and Russian clients as wealth shifts between east and west.

The Guild of Professional English Butlers has trained 20 percent more butlers this year than last, placing them with clients as soon as they are ready, according to Robert Watson, head of the firm in southern England, last week. The number of domestic staff registered with Greycoat Placements has trebled over the past three years, Managing Director Debbie Salter said."

“Demand is outstripping supply,” Watson said. “We deal with people who often are cash rich and time poor. The credit crunch did affect things for a time, but before you get rid of the butler, get rid of the Ferrari.”

HT: Mike W.


At 12/14/2011 1:18 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

American nannies, housekeepers, and cooks won't be far behind.

At 12/14/2011 4:26 PM, Blogger Marko said...

I wish I could afford one of these guys, I could sure use one.


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