comment by Viliam ·
2020-11-11T11:39:19.185Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Sure, I would prefer to deal with problems of having too much money, rather than not having enough money. At least, with too much money you can hire people to help you, and you have enough free time to focus on the problems.
I don't think there is a reliable way to keep wealth secret. If it is legally obtained, you need to declare it in your tax form... and I don't trust the government's ability to keep secrets. You buy something expensive, people may notice. Heck, you stop having a daily job, people may notice. But there could be a sweet spot somewhere between "being an average person" and "being so rich that criminals start paying attention".
It also depends on what lifestyle you want. I suppose that rich people have all kinds of activities where they signal their wealth to each other, and maintain social contact with each other -- you cannot do this and keep your wealth secret at the same time. However, you could go for something like "middle class, except with extra options, and all inconvenience removed".
Probably a good way to achieve it would be to create a shell company... and get employed by it. Which would make you your own boss, except no outsider would know. You do whatever you want, whenever you want, and if people ask you about your job, you have a boring answer. If you need to spend big money, officially the company pays it, not you. You could even keep the secret from your friends and your partners (because they sometimes become ex-friends and ex-partners).
Sounds like I have a plan, now all I need is the money. :D