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Personal Assistants to Celebrities & High Net Worth Families are in Demand
About the need for elite personal assistants
Never before in our nation's history has the demand for personal assistants been higher. This is driven by the explosion of the super rich. According to Forbes and CNBC news, the statistics on high net worth families in America are as follows:
- There are now over 1,200 billionaires
- About 9 million millionaires currently exist
- 50,000 U.S. households have net worth between 50 and 500 million dollars
With so many celebrities and well-to-do families in the United States, PAs have become the ultimate status symbols that manage the personal and professional calendars of their high-profile employers.
Who do assistants work for and what do they actually do?
Celebrities aren't just Hollywood actors and directors, so assistants work for successful individuals in a number of fields: best-selling authors, athletes, sports team owners, philanthropists, CEOs and other types of high-profile entrepreneurs.
The personal assistant profession used to be nothing more than glorified secretarial work or errand running, but the position has evolved into a business manager of sorts. Personal assistants are responsible for itineraries, estate management and domestic staff -- just to name a few things.
When working for celebrities, the PAs will be the communication hub for agents, managers, publicity reps, lawyers, studio executives, stylists and fitness trainers -- so they sometimes spend more time with the celeb than the spouse does.
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Where to find personal assistant jobs
The good news is that aspiring candidates don't have to live in a major US city Los Angeles or New York City to work for the rich and famous. Between LA and NYC combined, for example, there are only about 100 billionaires, so high net worth families and celebrities live throughout the country and are always in need of trustworthy PAs.
While demand remains high, celebrities and high net worth families sometimes have trouble recruiting capable candidates because of the misconceptions that exist. For example, the mythology of celebrity personal assistant jobs is pervasive on the Web and in mainstream media outlets, so it deters qualified applicants.
But don’t believe the hype behind the abuse assistants face from their bosses. Most of the tabloid-like fodder involving “hamster funerals” and “hand-feeding ice cream to the family pet” is nonsense. Stories like that are invented strictly for entertainment purposes but do not represent the real-life scenarios most personal assistants face, working for a celebrity or not.
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Other personal assistant news and resources
- Personal assistant salary range and benefits
Personal assistants to celebrities and high net worth families can command salaries as high as $250,000 depending on their experience, education level and responsibilities.
- The Life of a Celebrity Personal Assistant is Demanding
Some celebrity assistants have to work 12 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week. It takes a lot of energy and great willpower to cater to divas and other types of A-list Hollywood stars.
- Personal Assistant Staffing Agencies for Celebrities & High-profile Families
The demand for personal assistants to high net worth families is so strong that agencies dedicated to the practice are in full force.
- How to Earn Six Figures as a Personal Assistant
There plenty of interesting jobs out there with kind-hearted, wealthy people who are willing to pay more than $100,000 per year, plus bonuses, gifts and perks, to someone they can trust with their children, credit cards, social security numbers...
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© 2010 Brian Daniel