Their bunker of choice, called the “Aristocrat”, includes a gym, sauna, swimming pool, jacuzzi, greenhouse garden and a garage — all for a cool $8.35 million (£6.6 million, 7.6 million euros).
Once hunkered down, the next question for the global glitterati has been how to cope in confinement.
The Wall Street Journal, daily newspaper of the US business world and a favorite of the wealthy, wondered on April 16: “For the Rich, A Dilemma: Quarantine With Staff, or Do Their Own Chores.”
The article cited the manager of a New York finance company who found himself calling his personnel management agency because he could not get the bag out of his vacuum cleaner.
“How to spend it”, the weekly glossy supplement of the venerable Financial Times in London, offered advice to the “problems” faced by its prosperous readers.
It focused on the renowned London wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd, which sold its entire stock of fine Bordeaux wines at £150 a bottle.
“When the confinement started, I opened some of my best bottles, as if the world was going to end,” one unfortunate confined to Provence in the south of France told the magazine.
“I might as well drink them first.”
Others have taken the opportunity to refurbish their wine cellars. Spiral Cellars, in the upmarket Wimbledon area of southwest London, reported record-breaking activity.
The FT magazine also stressed the importance of not letting fashion standards slip, even when trapped indoors, recommending to readers luxurious dressing gowns from Dolce & Gabbana and London-based Hamilton and Hare.