Perplexing Problems Of The Rich & Famous

By: Jim Mullen

Perplexing problems of the rich & famous

No doubt you shook your head when you heard that Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, tore down a $12 million waterfront mansion that she had bought in North Palm Beach, Fla., because she didn’t like it. Now it’s being reported that she tore down the house because it had termites. Hmmmm. Really? Termites?

“What do you wanna do, lady? Fumigate or tear it down?”

That doesn’t quite explain why she bought the house in the first place. I don’t know about you, but whenever I buy a house for $12 million, I like to get it inspected. Sure, the inspection costs a couple hundred dollars, but who knows? It could save you, oh, $12 million. Or at least the sellers might have dropped the price to $11 million.

Also, when I spend $12 million on a house, I like to buy something I like. That way I don’t have to tear it down and build a whole new house that’s going to cost me another $12 million. It’s hard to believe that in all of Florida, with all the foreclosures, Nordegren couldn’t find something she liked for the same price or less. Maybe she’s just one of those people who don’t know how to bargain. Something tells me she’s not a coupon clipper.

Now, I don’t know Nordegren, and I’m sure she’s a nice person. It’s just that hearing numbers like that thrown around so casually makes the rest of us a little crazy. Millions of people are out of work, and a lot of the ones who are working are struggling to make ends meet. So when they hear that someone is tossing money out the window with a shovel, well, it’s demoralizing.

Of course, it’s not as if she didn’t work hard for that money. She had to live with Tiger in a living hell of private planes, celebrity friends, exotic travel and unimaginable luxury. Those are six horrible years she’ll never get back. Yes, he was, by his own admission, a lousy husband. Like that’s a rare thing. Just in my own little circle, I could tell you tales of lousy husbanding that make Tiger sound like Prince Charming.

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