Rich Man's World

Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic

Rich people, beware. Jamie Johnson is publicly talking about money. Again. For the past few months, he has been chronicling the lives of the super-rich on Vanity Fair.com.

He writes that some old-money scions are welcoming the bumpy market because distinctions of wealth — Bentleys, jets and yachts — have been available to "new money." Johnson knows about this world — he is one of the heirs to the Johnson and Johnson pharmaceutical fortune.

Years ago, we saw him as a 20-something, talking to fellow heirs about (gasp!) money, in the documentary Born Rich. Earlier this year, his second film, The One Percent, turned the cameras on the vanguards of old-money establishment, questioning them on the growing chasm between rich and poor .

Today, we talk to Johnson about why money is a taboo topic of discussion and why he thinks the culture of WASPs is on the decline.

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