Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brazil's super-rich take to high seas

Marcio Christiansen reels off tales of the growing ranks of rich Brazilians who visit his Ferretti yacht showroom, where clients sip espressos on an oversized sable sofa and electronic music bubbles in the air.

One man paid $2m (£1.2m) for a ship, Mr Christiansen said, after succumbing within 30 minutes to his kids' pleas of "Buy it, daddy, buy it!" Another toured the sparkling 53ft yacht on the showroom floor, then asked to discuss it over lunch. "The waiter comes to take our order, and the client asks to borrow a piece of paper," said Mr Christiansen, CEO of Ferretti's Brazil group. "He works out a contract on it and we've agreed to it before I've asked for a sandwich."

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