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Crystal chandeliers, champagne bubbles, marble floors, first class, limousines, the glint of perfectly cut jewels, brand names printed on shopping bags, walk in wardrobes, city lights, silk bedsheets.

Glamorous - Fergie
Material Girl - Madonna
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend - Marilyn Monroe
Primadonna - Marina And The Diamonds
Royals - Lorde
That’s What I Like - Bruno Mars
Beautiful Dirty Rich - Lady Gaga
Buy Me Diamonds - Bea Miller
Gucci Gucci - Neon Hitch
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things - Taylor Swift
But I Am A Good Girl - Christina Aguilera
Super Rich Kids - Frank Ocean
Old Money - Lana Del Rey

George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)
“Mammon” (1885)

“Mammon,” is inspired by a scene in Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene,” in which the protagonist Guyon encounters Mammon, the embodiment of greed who crushes the weak through his indifference to their plight, in a cave containing “richesse such exceeding store as eie of man did never see before.”

This reflected Watts’s belief that wealth was taking the place of religion in modern society, and that this worship of riches was leading to social deterioration.

“I’ll never die rich unless the money comes in the door faster than I can shovel it out the window.”

–Nikola Tesla


(To his nephew Nicholas Trbojevich in Detroit at the Book-Cadillac Hotel after his nephew refused they pay for the $5 cover charge, circa 1929.)

As told by Tesla’s grand-nephew, William Terbo in his opening remarks at the 1988 Tesla Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO.