I sometimes worry about how I will live my life after I stumble into a good chunk of wealth (lottery, settlement after a beating/pepper spray from cops, eating a jagged metal Krusty-O etc) The minimum I am talking about is 15 million USD. No, I don't worry about how I will enjoy myself and on what I will spend my money on, but rather I worry about what lies I will tell people about how I can afford to be a layabout with such great cars and great beach houses and great clothes. I ask what lies can I come up with to explain my wealth and yet not seem like some lame-o? I don't want to be a nerd who sells some bullshit start up, because that is not the persona I want. I have narrowed it down to these, and I wonder what you guys think about them? Can you help me add some more? what would you do? Inheritance: I know, the risks of being perceived as a douche are extremely likely, but I am a sucker for tradition, and inheriting wealth strikes me as one of the most time honored ways of obtaining wealth. If I play my cards right and associate with the right people and circles, I just may overcome any downsides--thought this will take some finesse and work. Pros: I have instant cachet as a wastrel, man of leisure, dandy, fop. Cons: The banal attacks against people who inherit wealth Real Estate Magnate: Another traditional means of wealth. Real estate seems like something vague enough so that I can spout some bullshit on without really giving away that I am full of it or I can do my homework and actually sound believable. Pros: Respectable method of acquiring wealth and yet still affords me some coolness factor (so long as I avoid the Donald Trump persona) Cons: Possibly too "corporate" in some people's eyes; potential accusations of evil baron type; not hip enough. Oil Tycoon: Pros: This is actually very flexible, although it doesn't seem this way. I don't have to be a texas oil man, just someone who dealt with the oil industry, possibly involving the industrial aspect, but always concentrating on oil. Cons: Possibly negates the possibly of boning hippie chicks and the like; open to attacks from environmentalists. Wealthy Industrialist: Pros: Another time honored traditional way of acquiring wealth; very flexible: I can make money from selling some tiny part for the iphone or some shit, or I can say I made money from making windshields etc. I can boast as manufacturing in America. Cons: Could easily be sniffed out if someone cared to; possibly open to environmentalist attacks and Occupy Wall street like movements; because I don't live in China or operate out of China, this may not be believable in this age. What would you guys do?