February 24, 2006

All work / all play: Personal assistance for 'really big lives'

Like many other women in her position, Fransisca Strampher was tired. Before packing the family for a trip to the Sundance Film Festival, she paid the bills, boarded the dog, scheduled the painter for work, ordered asthma medicine, transferred a financial account to a new brokerage firm and downloaded music onto the iPod. A busy mom in action? No, Strampher, 30, is a family's personal assistant...

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August 28, 2007

Household Staffing Centers

Los Angeles-based agency to the industry places estate managers, personal assistants, corporate assistants, and private chefs in homes mostly in L.A.; San Francisco; Palm Beach, Florida; Aspen; and New York. Clients include hedge-fund executives, show-business personalities, and clients with “inherited wealth.”

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December 3, 2008

The Heart Of Service

For personal assistants to the wealthy and celebrated, the demands of an ordinary day can be extraordinary. One assistant recalls being given just a few days notice to rebook travel, hotel and social arrangements for a client's large family. A New York-based personal assistant says her client called while she was on a long-delayed vacation at an Indian Ocean resort. The reason: The client forgot his fax number.

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December 11, 2008

How to Downsize Your Nanny

As the rich cut back spending, household staff are taking a hit. From household managers to butlers, nannies, personal assistants, drivers and cleaners, the vast army of workers hired over the past decade to feed and care for the wealthy are getting downsized. An article in The Wall Street Journal today by my colleague Miriam Jordan tells the tale of Dolores Jacobo, a nanny for a wealthy couple in Malibu, Calif.

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