Here's a vivid picture of what it costs -- or seems to cost  - to live a
wealthy life-style in London.  According to a Harris poll done for
Saturday's Financial Times ("Britons say 432,000  feels like a capital fortune"), "A family of four
needs a pre-tax income approaching half a million pounds a year to feel
rich in London."  This is eighteen times the average wage of 23,800.

An adjoining article by Bob Sherwood identifies the items that make a
family feel rich.  It is, of course, more than a bit subjective.

What would the figure be for Americans in New York or Los Angeles?  Not
much less, I suspect.

Let's ask the Clintons.