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Rich House, Poor House millionaire has 23 maids and hasn't cleaned in 24 years

Emily Brown

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Rich House, Poor House millionaire has 23 maids and hasn't cleaned in 24 years

Most of us will only ever be able to dream of having a maid to clean up after us; meanwhile, millionaire Barrie Drewitt-Barlow has 23 of them.

Fancy sharing, Barrie?

The millionaire, who owns the British Surrogacy Centre agency and is worth a staggering £200 million, appeared in the first episode of the latest season of Channel 5's Rich House, Poor House, when he gave up one of his multiple mansions to live in a council flat for a week with his family.

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Barrie admitted to struggling with the swap - even attempting to sneak in a hamper from Harrods for his week away - and when you hear about what his daily life is like, it's not hard to see why.

“I have no idea what anything in the supermarket costs. The chef and house manager do all the food shopping," he told Fabulous.

“I have no idea what milk or bread costs. I used to know but have no idea now."

One thing Barrie does know is that 'a lot of people are going through a rough time right now with high interest rates', and while he 'truly feel[s] for them', he's made clear that he's pretty far removed from the issue.

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He doesn't remember the last time he cooked dinner for himself, pointing out: "If I spend my time cooking, I'm not making money. And I love making money.

“I'm good at it and not so good these days at cooking, so I say do more of what you're good at! I can earn a million pounds a day, so I really don’t have time to spend three hours a day cooking.”

Barrie went on Rich House, Poor House with his fiancé and kids. Credit: Instagram/@donbarrie1
Barrie went on Rich House, Poor House with his fiancé and kids. Credit: Instagram/@donbarrie1

Cooking isn't the only thing Barrie doesn't do - he also hasn't cleaned his home since 1999, but that doesn't mean it's covered in dirt and grime now.

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Across his seven homes, the millionaire has 150 staff members working for him, including 23 maids and a team of chefs. Apparently, though, it's the maids that Barrie has struggled most with.

“One of the hardest things to find is a good maid,” he explained. “In the USA it’s a lot easier than in the UK. We struggle to find them here, but when you find a good one, they are like gold dust.

"A truly good maid makes sure she is on top of everything without it being a drama. They should always be seen and not heard.”

It might be a controversial take but I suppose he's the boss.

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Though Barrie isn't shy about using his money to make his life luxurious, the business owner has also proved he's generous with his wealth and gave a £250,000 investment to mum Ocean, who he swapped homes with during his stint on the Channel 5 show.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/donbarrie1

Topics: Money, UK News, Channel 5, TV and Film

Emily Brown
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