- Extremely wealthy people are paying as much as $US23 million to purchase secondary citizenship in a foreign company, Bloomberg reports.
- For some, a second passport is a status symbol. For others, it’s about security and opportunity.
Yachts, sports cars, and sprawling mansions have long been the status symbols of the ultra-wealthy, but in recent years, a new badge of affluence has emerged among the 1%.
Billionaires and millionaires are flocking to secure not just second homes in foreign countries – but citizenship as well.
According to a new report by Bloomberg, wealthy people are shelling out as much as $US23 million for citizenship in another country.
There’s but a handful of countries in the world that allow prospective residents to purchase citizenship outright. Among them is Austria, which commands an eye-popping $US23 million for citizenship; Malta, which costs around $US1 million; and Caribbean islands like Saint Lucia, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda, which charge the relatively cheaper $US100,000 apiece.
For some, purchasing a secondary passport is just another way to flaunt extreme wealth. But for others, buying a multi-millionaire dollar citizenship is a security measure.
In an interview with Business Insider’s Hillary Hoffower earlier this month, president of financial firm Apex Capital Partners, Nuri Katz, suggested that the second-passport trend is all about capitalising on opportunity: “It provides a certain freedom that some citizens of some countries don’t have; it’s a freedom of movement.”
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