What's the most prestigious city in the world to live in?

I'm thinking in terms of global prestige, and for a primary residence. Is it really New York City? Or do you guys think it'd be perhaps somewhere in Europe? Here is my ranking.

  1. New York City
  2. Luxembourg, Switzerland
  3. Paris, France
  4. Dubai
  5. Singapore 
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. London, UK
  9. Madrid, Spain
  10. Milan, Italy

I think probably a vacation house in Spain or Italy, on top of another one in Southampton, would be pretty sweet once you're a Goldman Sachs MD raking in the big bucks, but for a primary residence, you can't beat the prestige of New York. 

What do you guys think? 

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1. NYC

2. Dubai

3. LA

4. Hong Kong

5. Shanghai

6. Vatican City

7. Milan
 
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12,350. London

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Phat

Are you serious about new york?

Dead serious. NYC is the top city in the world.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This virus is only temporary - NYC will be back in full force. 

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

5. Shanghai

Lol get that s--- out of here. An authoritarian surveillance state isn't exactly "prestigious."

Shanghai has more billionaires than NYC 

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:
GuyFromTheCity

Luxembourg, Switzerland

What do you guys think? 

These are 2 separate countries .... just sayin' XD

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YoungDumbFullOfRum, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can tell you for free both cities are fking boring. 

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Sun Wukong, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Somewhere in Europe for sure. The US is too young a country for its cities to be the most prestige. Asian countries are old enough but they don't dominate the world now.

I vote for London.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

monaco_monkey 

Thoughts?

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sandals.com, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Tokyo

Money can purchase freedom, if you have the guts to buy it

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neink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Luxembourg is a country on its own. Also extremely boring, lots of back office work.

Zurich is also really boring. Geneva is somewhat nicer but people are insufferable.

Montecarlo is legitimately prestigious. You get top enterpreneurs, models and sportsmen as your average guy. 

Vienna is gorgeous.

Dubai has no culture

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How are the people in Geneva insufferable, generally curious

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neink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

To make a fair comparison, in Montecarlo you will legitimately meet people who are at the very top of the world economy. The actual elite.

In Geneva, you will meet bureacrats who work for international organizations or similar upper class fields, yet act like they belong to the Monaco category. Very smug, unearned arrogance.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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Is living in only one city year round prestigious....? 

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Yankee Doodle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

These cities are not the most prestigious, but I think their level of culture and sophistication is vastly underrated by most people:

-Chicago

-Mexico City

-Montreal

-Moscow

-Edinburgh

-Budapest

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He's not wrong. Chicago is shit on because it's in the middle of the country. Great food scene, sports scene, very dense in certain parts and functioning public transit. People who only talk about the crime have probably never been to Chicago because you'd realize how segmented/segregated the city is.

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:
GuyFromTheCity

2. Luxembourg, Switzerland

hate to break it to you but Luxembourg is not in Switzerland

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

MensaMan

3) DC

Why are you putting DC this high?

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Kevin25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

obviously. if you're homeless you want to be in the best city, cause the cost of living doesn't matter to you anymore (no need to pay rent, food from garbage is free anyway). if I was homeless, I would set a tent in LA as well

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As someone who is fortunate enough to live for extended periods (minimum 4 years) in multiple cities and visit many others. I would rank it as so. Everyone has preferences, so I broke it into tiers

1) NYC - London (tie, most classic, powerful cities)

2) Los Angeles - Paris - Tokyo(pinnacle of entertainment, art & culture, and modern city design respectively)

3) Milan - Montecarlo - Moscow

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QuiltEmerson, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What a hopeless ranking. Whoever is ranking Dubai as a "top" city has never been to the Emirates. Unless you're an Instagram influencer or have been on Geordie/Jersey Shore it is not top tier by any means. Also, Monte Carlo or "Montecarlo" is not a city - it's just a small part of Monaco from the casino and Cafe de Paris and around the bay area.

I don't know... Yeah. Almost definitely yes.

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iridescent007, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What do I think?

I think this is jibber-jabber, or put in other words, poppycock...

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YoungDumbFullOfRum, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1) London

2) Hong Kong

3) New York

4) Geneva / Zurich

5) Singapore

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

YoungDumbFullOfRum

1) London

2) Hong Kong

3) New York

4) Geneva / Zurich

5) Singapore

You live in London don't you.

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YoungDumbFullOfRum, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nope, Geneva

But thanks for your condescension 

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jayflip21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sydney and Munich other possible cities to add?

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Disjoint, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Why is Luxembourg even in this fucking list?! OP is a retard. Change Switzerland, Luxembourg now. My eyes hurt.

Luxembourg is a back office infested shit hole - this is where you put your shell co. I dreaded having to go there to go "present" to the board our investment ideas (IC was anyways in NY and London, just needed to show we had a link to Luxembourg).

London is fucking amazing - to answer categorically to one of the arguments in the post, the food is better than NY, simply because the ingredients haven't been manipulated to the core and actually taste like something - no transgenic OGM etc... non sense. You don't have to pay TAX + TIP on top - it's all included in the bill. Otherwise NY and London are different but comparable and at the top of Finance for everything and both amazing.

Paris is changing - but give the French a few years and they'll knock the bankers out of their pedestal in no time. Germany should never make any list, glad it's no where to be seen.

Geneva and Zurich - both different, but if you don't speak French in Geneva you are SOL. Both are much better than Monte Carlo, whoever put that on that list should be shot. It's a fiscal paradise for old farts that want to burn in the sun. We are not talking about visiting for a day and going to the Casino in this post, actually LIVING in those places.

Moscow is incredible - just amazing. Night life is off the hook. Just wow.

Hong Kong - I hate it - too hot and sweaty. Maybe I was too old when I went there, never will I want to live there however. If I need another intense city I'll take New York or London - fuck Hong Kong (a bit like what mainland is about to do to them)

Almost forgot to comment on Dubai - Jersey shore, fuck it. Bunch of wanker Brits who failed at home who go there. Shit hole country as Trump would say (bless him and give him the strength to go through his current ordeal, MAGA 2024)

West Coast of the US - nothing really international, very US based and centric - some tenuous links to Asia, but not enough to justify it. I lived on the West Coast, it's the most insular place out of everything we discussed above. Don't like it. I need to find people from all around the world around me to vibe.

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ulaanbaatar has high pollution and looks pretty depressing, but Mongolia itself looks like an interesting country.

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GoodBread, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There is actually an entire think tank more or less devoted to this topic: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/world2020t.html

Setting aside the fact that this is a ridiculous question, you can probably best equate prestige with cities at the top of the art and fashion worlds.

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D.O.U.G., what's your opinion? Comment below:

God, this is hysterical..  Prestige can be shown so may different ways...With that...

  1. Vatican City (Holy See)
  2. Monaco-ville
  3. Orchard Road -- Singapore
  4. Knightsbridge -- London
  5. Potala Palace Region -- Lhasa, Tibet
  6. Ordino, Andorra
  7. Martha's Vineyard
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Pape'ete, French Polynesia
  10. Wherever you and your family are...

Namaste.

D.O.U.G.

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michael phelps, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Some people either dont know what prestige means, or just haven't been to many places. It is definitely between some swiss cities, New York/wealty suburbs, LA hills, London and Monte Carlo. 

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WanderingWanchai, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Best way to answer this is to look at where the Russian Oligarchs, Chinese billionaires or generally the new money billionaires are buying homes. These are the families that are trying to put their stamp in society, putting their wealth on display and buying "prestige" looking for acceptance from old world money. Best way to do this is to say, hey look I bought a 100 million dollar house in X city in y neighbourhood. IMHO the list goes like this...

1. London, All the billionaires have a place here and they buy it in neighbourhoods like Kensington, Knightsbridge Belgrave Square (billionaires square)

2. NYC, can't mention prestige without this city on the list, world capital of art, fashion and finance, I recall reading somewhere a while back 432 park had a list of Chinese, Russian and Middle East billionaires getting their hands on this property (my take on Covid... it is a temporary thing, it's New Fucking York City and this place always comes back and it will with a vengeance)

3. Monaco, French Riviera city with super friendly tax system where old school European dynasties (think the Rothschildl) mix it up with Russian Oligarchs, Chinese Princelings and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia

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