I recently watched The Queen of Versailles.
Have you seen it?
It follows David and Jackie Siegel at the height of their wealth and as they were spending money like no human being should. [Yes, that’s my judgement showing. NO ONE needs gilded furniture. It’s 2013 and this is not Europe.]
In the film, they were in the process of building the largest home in America: a 90,000 square foot estate [because that’s necessary] in Orlando, Florida. [An upgrade from their current 26,000 square foot home.]
It is modeled after Versailles… [of course it is] but since it’s been designed by a time-share king and his tacky wife [her up-top is so weird, you guys. Her implants are actually SQUARE. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them throughout the documentary.], I think it’s more like the Vegas version of the French palace — $5 million worth of marble flooring, a $250k window, the list goes on and on.
|The Real Versailles|
|The Siegel’s Versailles in Orlando|
Anywho, this documentary captures the activities of this prominent couple, fast and furious member of the elusive “One Percent.” We watch their rise and then their fall.
David is owner of the most successful private timeshare company in all the world — averaging a net profit of $1 billion per year. [Yep.] Until everything caught up with him…
Jackie is a mother of eight. At one point she said that had she known that she wouldn’t have nannies, she would have stopped having more children after 2.
|Another shot of the Orlando Versailles|
He laid off thousands of people.
They got rid of personal staff.
Yet, Jackie kept on buying: taking the limo to the tanning salon and McDonald’s, buying more dogs for her eight children. [Dogs that no one cleaned up after even though they used their house as a toilet. Repulsive.]
There’s a point in the documentary that a child’s lizard turns up dead because none of the kids FED it. I am not a reptile lover, but I gasped. WHO DOESN’T FEED A PET?
Disgusting. Interesting. Sad. Frightening. Eye-opening.
Great little documentary. Watch it.
I hear they’re back on the up and up now…