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A Short Little Story About How The Rich Stay Rich

I’ve heard this little tale a few times, loved it, and thought I would share it. It’s the perfect example of how rich people think, and how they are able to keep their money long term.

A man walked into a bank in New York City one day and asked for the loan officer. He told the loan officer that he was going to Philippines on business for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000. The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan.

The man then handed over the keys to a new Ferrari parked on the street in front of the bank. He produced the title, everything checked out and the loan officer agreed to accept the car as collateral for the loan.The bank’s president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the guy for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral against a $5,000 loan (idiot!).

An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank’s underground garage and parked it there. Two weeks later, the guy returned, repaid the $5,000 and the interest – which came to $15.41.

The loan officer said, “Sir, we are very happy to have your business, and are pleased that the transaction worked out very nicely, but we are all a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multi millionaire. Why in the world would you bother to borrow $5,000??”

The millionaire replied: “Where else in New York City can I park my car for $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return.”

There you go. Maybe this is why the guy can drive a Ferrari. Be smart with your money and you’ll have it for a whole lot longer.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. I love the story. Thanks for sharing.

    I think sometimes we think that all rich people got lucky somewhere in life, and forget that they might just have certain instincts and knowledge.

    I doubt I have to worry about parking my Ferrari anywhere anytime soon though.

    • Ha! I’m glad you liked the story, I think it’s brilliant. Thank you for the insight – it’s true – people who are truly wealthy got there for a reason!

  2. Brilliant!! Love this – thanks for sharing! xx

  3. this one would have been perfect for our video chat! :-)

  4. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love the twist of the story. My initial reaction on the first few paragraphs are the same with other bank officers. I was thinking that this guy is stupid! It turns out, it was the smartest thing to do. :)

    By the way, I stumbled upon your site from Budgets are Sexy. :)

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