Of all the millionaires I know NONE were given it. ALL earned it through running their own companies. Some drive a BMW or Mercedes but most prefer an SUV, truck, or Jeep. For cars, they usually drive a BMW or Mercedes 300 or 500 series.
No one I know feels rich. They feel like taxes and other things will eat them alive so they had better continue to earn more.
They are elitists to some degree. They feel they “got it” and learned to earn while others are content being wage slaves. That said, they welcome anyone into their ranks and hope others do, but they know most will never get past thinking their lives are about chasing a “job” and retirement on social security or a small pension.
One thing I find in most, not all, but most, millionaires is a sense of civility and social graces. Most people I know let their kids run around restaurants; the rich usually don’t. Most middle class people think nothing of being rude and crass, cussing in a church, or getting “wasted” at a BBQ and thinking that was cool. Millionaires dont. The difference is that millionaires find people wanting to do business with them, while those others dont.
I attend an annual hunt each year with some wealthy and powerful people. They usually bring along a cousin or two. It is easy to spot the wealthy versus their bum cousin they are doing a favor. One can carry an intelligent conversation, the other is getting wasted and trying to be the center of attention. One person does things sensibly; the other needs to be watched like small child before they destroy something or hurt someone, thinking they are being cool.
I have a multi-millioaire cousin who never buys a new car, always a used one, preferrably three or four years old, with low mileage. Pays cash and drives them until the wheels fall off. He also doesn’t bother with maintenance like oil changes, etc. Replacing tires is about the extent of his maintaining a vehicle.
Says it all to me! Same experience, with a few exceptions...Heinzes, Hilmans (sometimes) and a few other local politicians.