Very few people will even be familiar with the term HNWI or UNHWI, the differences are negligible. And, even fewer yet, will have ever been in contact with one or even be one themselves. UNHWIs or Ultra High Networth Individuals, meaning, in simpler terms, very, very wealthy people, will generally not be found in a local Walmart or Tescos.
In many cases, UNHWIs will be more or less completely removed from ‘commoners’ lives, and that is a fairly vital part of their security. With greed and envy being the most human of emotions, those who have a lot need to be wary of others taking it. This means protection. Protecting one’s belongings has been a concern for humans since we stopped living in caves and it hasn’t become any easier since then.
Nowadays, people hardly protect their own anymore, they hire others to do it for them. This can take the shape of security firms, individual bodyguards, security systems and all kinds of alarms. Naturally, the wealthier someone is, the more they have to protect, the more they need UNHWI Security.
The approaches to this particular branch of security (as with HNWI Security) are varied. There are standards, like cameras, that will be found in almost all properties, and bodyguards during high-risk events or in larger crowds, however even those aren’t guaranteed to be around. No, it is simply up to the individual what kind of security they go for.
UNHWIs will, as a rule, know enough about their personal situation to be able to make somewhat informed decisions and those who don’t will hire professionals to do it for them. Security is no longer a one-man-job, instead various people, organisations, and technologies will work together to protect the Ultra High Networth Individual.
Yes, to a ‘normal’ person this can seem fairly costly, and, in absolute numbers it often is, however compared to the risk of being robbed, kidnapped or extorted, it is a comparably small price to pay. Protection of assets as well as people is what allows UHNWIs to lead normal lives without needing to hide away completely.
Especially for those who have a family and children, wealth can become as much of a hindrance as an advantage children may feel ostracised and hindered in their daily lives by their parents’ security measures, taken as they are to ensure their safety. From a protection standpoint, being an HNWI is certainly not easy.