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10 Fascinating Documentaries About the One Percent

Timeshare mogul David Siegel and his wife Jackie have rich people problems. The couple set out to construct a mansion inspired by the royal palace of Versailles — complete with two tennis courts and a baseball field, three pools, two movie theaters, a bowling alley, a ballroom, and other mind boggling amenities. Everything came to a screeching halt, though, when the financial crisis and real estate bubble squashed their self-indulgent endeavor. (Recent reports indicate the Siegels refinanced and construction is starting again.) Lauren Greenfield’s movie The Queen of Versailles — which won the 2012 Directing Award at Sundance — opens in theaters this Friday. See what other documentaries about the One Percent are worth your time after the jump. Leave us your recommendations below.

Born Rich

Heir to the Johnson & Johnson empire Jamie Johnson directed the 2003 documentary Born Rich about the experience of growing up in one of the wealthiest families in the world. He interviews his friends and peers about their own experiences, including Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka; Josiah Cheston Hornblower, of the Vanderbilt and Whitney families; and Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina. Although you may approach the film not wanting to listen to cocky talking heads with dollar signs in their eyes, the fascinating movie proves not all of these children feel the way you think they do about their riches.

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