How rich is Christian Grey exactly? That’s a good question from a personal finance standpoint because his money appears to be both limitless and of suspicious origins.
I’ve been wondering it myself since I’ve been reading the 50 Shades trilogy. The series is like a horrible car crash you can’t look away from.
Actually, the more I read about 50 Shades of Grey, the more I actually need to read it to get an appropriate frame of reference.
For example, Christian’s hyper-controlling manipulative ways don’t really peak until the second book, so while I’ve found many a rant about how the story sets feminism back 50 years (one for every shade of grey!) I couldn’t see the full extent of the damage until round two. BUT I’m also amused that the author doesn’t really seem to have a clear grasp of what’s realistic as far as wealth goes.
It’s not until the second book that we finally learn how rich is Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey. However, knowing this number almost makes his purchases and lifestyle make even less sense.
How rich is Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey?
Well, according to book #2:
Christian Grey makes $100,000 per hour
Of course, this doesn’t easily translate to an annual salary because it’s not clear how many hours Mr. Grey works. He seems to be a workaholic, but let’s estimate he’s clocking a modest 50 hours per week at the office.
This brings Christian Grey’s weekly income to $5 million dollars, and suggests he’s bringing in only$250 million dollars per year.
We’re not really sure where this money comes from since there doesn’t seem to be any clear product or service that “Grey Enterprises” provides. We do know the young 26-year-old CEO (who built this billion-dollar company from nothing, of course) is partial to buying beauty salons and publishing companies because… well, why the hell not?
How does Christian Grey spend his money?
Christian has money to burn. But when it comes to guessing how rich is Christian Grey we have to look at where he spends his money. Here are some of the things he buys:
Audi A3’s for all of his subs. Not a bad car, but not the glam jam I would personally select if I was raking in a quarter-million dollars per day.
Likewise, if your ultra-rich boyfriend wants to buy you a car and he says money is no object, ask for a Tesla.
Not one to deviate from a reliable German brand, Christian Grey picked up an Audi R8 for himself:
It’s significantly nicer than the A3’s he buys for his girls, but again, low six-figures for a man that can apparently afford anything. I don’t know about you, but if I was cleaning up $250,000,000 per year, I wouldn’t settle for any car that costs less than your average house.
Maybe he’s modest with his vehicle choices because he prefers to fly by air. Christian Grey also buys helicopters, and hires people to fly them:
A helicopter can cost anywhere from $250,000 to $1.7 million, so it’s possible Christian Grey worked for nearly an entire day in order to afford the one he wanted.
I’m guessing some of his money goes to taxes, and the rest piles up behind them. Maybe now that author E.L. James has wealth of her own, she’ll be able to think of more things for Christian Grey to buy. Like a castle.
How to get six-figures of your own
The good news is you, too, can have $100,000. The bad news is you probably can’t get it on an hourly basis.
In order to get $100,000 in the bank, you’ll need to save and invest it over time. The good news is you can save $100,000 in as little as 3 to 5 years. If you have other financial obligations to take care of, such as paying off debt, it might take you 8 to 10 years. In any case, getting $100,000 in the bank is not impossible, and it’s likely easier than you think.