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40 signs that you’ve made it

FLYING business class, employing a cleaner and having both Netflix and Amazon Prime are all signs we have ‘made it’, a study found.

A survey of 2,000 found jetting abroad just to shop, sending your children to private school and drinking champagne rather than prosecco also mark us out as winners.

But just one in 20 thinks we have reached the top drawer — which we reckon needs yearly pay of at least £101,000. One in ten believes an annual ski trip proves we are moving up, while 38 per cent think retiring early is living the dream.

The poll was by PartiStaff, which provides glamorous party starters and model servers. Richard Macphillarmy, the founder, said: ‘There are many ways to feel you’ve made it. Most people feel good about themselves when surrounded by friends, listening to good music and letting their hair down.’


1. Being able to retire early

2. Not having to work

3. Owning a holiday home

4. Owning a second home

5. Owning a private plane

6. Flying business class

7. Being able to spontaneously fly to Miami or across the other side of the world.

8. Going abroad just to shop

9. Sending your kids to private school

10. Having a cleaner/housekeeper

11. Trying out new Michelin star restaurants

12. Having a platinum credit card

13. Having a PA

14. Having a wine cellar

15. Having a gardener

16. Annual ski trips

17. Having a home gym

18. Drinking champagne rather than prosecco

19. Going on sailing weekends

20. Having a weekly massage

21. Always having champagne in the fridge

22. Shopping in Waitrose

23. Watching a football match from a hospitality box

24. Having time to volunteer for charities

25. Owning a hot tub

26. Being on a first name basis with posh restaurant owners

27. Owning a 55in TV (or larger)

28. Having a well-stocked home bar

29. Having a personalised number plate

30. Having his and hers sinks

31. Attending horse racing/Ascot every year

32. Having electric garage doors

33. Being on a first name basis with the maitre d’ of a restaurant

34. Being a member of a tennis/golf club

35. Having the full Sky+ package

36. Have a fridge with ice dispenser

37. Knowing about wine

38. Owning a wet room

39. Owning 1,000-thread count sheets

40. Owning a log burner