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Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich

Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich

Edited by Iain Hay and Jonathan V. Beaverstock

Fewer than 100 people own and control more wealth than 50 per cent of the world’s population. The Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich is a unique examination of both the lives and lifestyles of the super-rich, as well as the processes that underpin super-wealth generation and its unequal distribution. Drawing on a multiplicity of international examples, leading experts from across the social sciences offer a landmark multidisciplinary contribution to emerging analyses of the global super-rich and their astonishing wealth. The book’s 22 accessible and coherently organised chapters cover a range of captivating topics from biographies of illicit super-wealth, to tax footprint reduction, to the environmental consequences of super-rich lives and their conspicuous consumption.

Chapter 14: Performing wealth and status: observing super-yachts and the super-rich in Monaco

Emma Spence

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, human geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics, regional studies


Contemporary and emerging studies of the super-rich within geography, and across the social sciences, continue to develop significant research agendas in terms of wealth creation, economic and social polarization, and hypermobility (see Elliot and Urry, 2010, p. 65; Birtchnell and Caletr'o, 2013; Hay, 2013; as well as Koh, Wissink and Forrest, Chapter 2 in this volume). However, the burgeoning work in the field of super-rich geographies generally overlooks leisure and lifestyle as noteworthy areas of critique (McManus, 2013, p. 155). The ability to analyse and measure wealth status of the super-rich has advanced in recent years with readily available and comprehensive quantitative analyses of the super-rich such as The Times Rich List, Forbes Rich List and the Bloomberg Billionaire Index (Bloomberg, 2014). In addition, the inequality and social injustice associated with the super-rich is well documented by the media and a growing number of scholarly and popular publications, such as Danny Dorling’s (2014) Inequality and the 1%, Thomas Piketty’s (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Shaxson’s (2011) Treasure Islands and Armstrong’s (2010) The Super-Rich Shall Inherit the Earth.

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