Band-Aid heir, filmmaker, and Vanity Fair contributor Jamie Johnson has some pretty eccentric family members. (Perhaps you've heard of Casey Johnson, Jamie's first cousin, who's been in the news recently? That's her on the far right, with her "fiancée" Tila Tequila.) Well, it seems Jamie's friends are pretty strange, too.
Some people have been a little troubled by the news a shady Russian billionaire is now buying up a local sports franchise (the Nets), as well as part of the arena that will eventually be the team's new home in Brooklyn. But not Jamie Johnson. The pharmaceutical heir and filmmaker thinks it's, like, the greatest news ever:
Hearty congratulations to S.I. Newhouse and the rest of the Newhouse family: Samuel I. Newhouse IV, the grandson of Condé Nast's mercurial chairman, got hitched this past weekend! You may remember the young heir from Jamie Johnson's 2003 film Born Rich, which featured an interview with the youthful Newhouse in his college dorm room. (See photo, left.) Much has changed since then, as you can probably tell from the before-and-after photos.
Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditation enthusiast David Lynch brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for the first time in years as part of the Change Begins Within benefit at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night. A slew of celebrity performers and guests were on hand for the occasion, including Sheryl Crow, Laura Dern, and Ben Harper (with Ringo, left), as well as Jerry Seinfeld, Yoko Ono, John McEnroe, Martin Scorsese, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky, Matthew Broderick, Moby, Jennifer Aniston, Desiree Gruber and Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, David Arquette, Michael J. Fox, Robin Quivers, Eddie Vedder, Jason Bateman, Barbara Bach, Bettye LaVette, and Mike Love. [Wireimage, Getty, VF, NYO]
Much like the Amish and freaky polygamist cults living in the Nevada desert, members of America's wealthiest—and Waspiest—households don't pay any attention to the annual glitz-fest on Oscar night. At least that's what band-aid heir Jamie Johnson says in his latest column on "the secret lives of the super-rich" for VF.com:
Have you been wondering why the rich enjoy spending time with other rich people, especially around the holidays? Us neither. But they do, as professional scion of wealth (and accidental inheritance wrecker) Jamie Johnson kindly points out today on VF.com. "Each year," he says, "committee lists for the grand society balls are indistinguishable from those of past years." But why? Well, it's complicated, but in language that plebs might understand: Rich people like hanging out with other rich people because they're familar, and because they revere wealth and therefore each other. And don't forget the most important point: They have good food and booze at their parties! (Or, as Jamie puts it, "An abundance of food, drink, and amusement facilitates fun.") We know, it's nothing short of revelatory.
When WASPS use acronyms like NOCD, PLU, and WOG—which they do—what the hell do they mean? Thank God for Jamie Johnson, double agent for the rich! He was born one of them, a Johnson & Johnson heir, but reports back regularly from the front lines of old money in Vanity Fair (and his documentary Born Rich, which many old-monies didn't take kindly to.) The most recent installment: secret WASP code acronyms! What's the real meaning of a "Hawaiian"?
The main branch of the New York Public Library has been re-named after Stephen A. Schwarzman. He's the CEO of private equity group Blackstone, as well as a Jew. Is that the reason why a powerful gentile told Vanity Fair that the new name was "It is an act of the worst kind of buffoonery. Schwarzman is horrid." Well, the dude did give $100 million to the library, but it was named after him at their request. WASPs have been confiding in secret to VF writer Jamie Johnson (the young oil heir whose documentary about the rich, Born Rich, pissed off his brethren) about their outrage. Not surprisingly, some powerful WASPS are secret anti-Semites!
Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and awkward filmmaker, dimly fascinated us with his 2003 documentary Born Rich, in which he interviewed his other entitled friends about what it means to be fabulously and accidentally wealthy. These friends ran the gamut from relatively normal to about to spin off the planet, and it was fairly entertaining, if not all that enlightening. Now he's got a more expansive follow-up premiering on Cinemax (only the best) this week called The One Percent (though it originally showed at the TriBeCa Film Festival back in 2006.)
Autotote gaming heir, Luke Weil, sued Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson, to stop his documentary, "Born Rich," from being distributed. The documentary includes several obnoxious quotes by Weil, who says he was tricked into speaking on film. The documentary also includes appearances by Ivanka Trump, Si Newhouse IV, Georgina Bloomberg, and Vanderbilt/Whitney scion, Josiah Hornblower.