Can you get into MIT by just having a billionaire grandfather ?

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One of my classmates in high-school married a heavy-hitter's grandson. His grandfather is a proper baller. $8 million private jet just for the senior management of his construction empire. These guys own dams, toll roads, airports, a 2500 Megawatt power-plant.

His dad gave a commencement speech at two top American unis. and his grandfather (the first generation guy who started it all) was on the Forbes list.

They have businesses in Indonesia and even Australia, a proper conglomerate.

Grandpa is chauffered in a Rolls Royce Phantom Elongated Wheelbase by the way, that's 3-4 feet longer than your typical phantom, when you see it on the road you wonder who's sitting inside because it takes up the entire freaking road.

So my question is - could this guy get into MIT's Sloan School of Management just because of who he is ? I'm a 100% sure he doesn't have the time to study, his family and his parents, everything moves at warp speed . Their network is so vast at any given time there's some element of chaos in his house. I can't imagine him studying for 3-4 hours straight.

Plus he's a party boy. I just can't imagine him studying like a serious hard worker.

Is it possible MIT bended over just because of who his pops and grandpa are ? They're not just old money - it's sophisticated old money. His granda knows the Chairman of Siemens (where they buy turbines from) and even the President of the World Bank.

So I'd imagine with all these heavy hitting accomplishments ( his grandfather was the first to set up a privately operated gas based power-plant in his country) that MIT would give him leniency ?

Because there's no freaking way someone who spends time networking 99% of the time and ordering around 1000 of his slaves can sit down and study like a good boy, especially when he has better things to do like test-driving the Bugatti Veyron when it came to our country for an initial launch (pre-commercial launch).

God damn it must be nice to be rich. Lucky guy.

Comments (25)

Sep 8, 2017

Any wealthy individual can buy their way into any school. Everyone has a price.

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Sep 8, 2017

Yeah probably? Why do you care if he can get into MIT?

Sep 8, 2017

Yeah probably? Why do you care if he can get into MIT?

super jealous because i'm born to nobodies and he is born to a heavy hitter. he could do something i can't.soooooo jealous.

You don't know what it feels like when your family members are 99.99% nobodies and the guy that can walk into MIT has a grandfather that's a titan.

I'm so embarrassed of my family ughhh

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Sep 8, 2017

There's always going to be someone who had it easier than you, but always someone who had it tougher.

Focus on being the best you can be.

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Sep 8, 2017

lol why would you waste your time crying about something you can't change. do what you gotta do and get shit done.

also don't ever be embarrassed of your family -- you should be grateful for all that they've done already. if you can't get into MIT, then that's on you

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Sep 9, 2017

"You don't know what it feels like...."

Stopped reading there. What the fuck is this shit. Don't know what it feels like? Buddy, let me tell you, almost everyone on this website falls into that category. And many of us have discovered that instead of whining about it like a 14 year old girl on the internet, we should try to do something about it.

What the hell sort of life do you want to lead? One where you're always looking at the guy who was born with more than you, complaining about how shitty your life is? Or one where you're too busy working to give a fuck?

Yes, he has more opportunity than you do. So what. Why don't you work on changing that? Nothing you've posted here indicates that you're doing anything about this.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

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Sep 10, 2017

"I'm so embarrassed of my family ughhh"

That's messed up man, why be embarrassed of people who essentially gave up their lives to raise you, worked day in and day out to provide?

I'm the first person on both sides of my family to graduate from college. I went to nobody school with no connections and I was offered a job I couldn't even have imagined I would be getting. Work hard and you'll get where you want to be, unless you carry that attitude with you into the future.

"I may not have come from old money, but new money starts now."

Sep 10, 2017

You need to grow up.

Sep 8, 2017

This post is kind of weird, you seem a little obsessed.. jealousy is an unhealthy quality but I know it's not always a choice. I'm lucky to be pretty much the most unjealous person around, probably because i have a lot of faith that although my path didn't start out with anything promised i have the work ethic, attitude, and tools to achieve what I want out of life and I suggest you adopt the same attitude.

but i guess i'll throw you a bone and say instead of being jealous of his opportunities why don't you recognize the fantastic opportunity sitting right in front of you. If he's your friend and you really need help, I'm sure you can ask him for help and together you can figure out a way to for his family to help you out.

but seriously man, get rid of the jealousy. if you do get into MIT this will just be the tip of the iceberg of privileged people you meet.

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Sep 9, 2017
  1. He's not my friend. I'm not at his level. His wife was my classmate. And even then - his wife is much much richer than me. I don't befriend people just because they're higher up than me in the societal food chain.
  2. I'm not jealous he got into MIT - i don't even aim that high. I'm just saying the uber 1% have it so easy.
Sep 9, 2017

Then go vote for Bernie Sanders

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Sep 9, 2017

well make friends with him haha. they have it easy in some regards, they also have their own set of problems... living in their family's/father's shadow, people befriending them for money, girls playing tricks, probably an enormous amount of pressure. these might sound like problems, but I'm sure they're very real.

Sep 9, 2017

Youre a fucking loser. Might as well kill yourself.

I know right. If my dad was a Chairman of a Fortune 500 or if my grandfather was a somebody I wouldn't have even made this post.

I completely understand I'm a loser which is why I even ask these kind of questions.

Sep 10, 2017

I'm not a billionaire, but I hear you pretty much get whatever you want. No contest.
And let's not forget the million vs billion magnitude difference:

Sep 10, 2017

That'd be nice. Go to the bank and tell them you'd like to withdrawal one pallet of one hundred dollar bills. Of course most banks keep a tiny fraction of that in liquid cash on hand and they'd have to order money.

I had to go pick up about $130k in cash to pay cash bonuses one time and they had to order money at a little branch. They also wanted me off their property as soon as possible.

Sep 10, 2017

I'm fairly sure that regular rules or processes do not apply to billionaires or their families.

Sep 10, 2017

They can't be a total idiot but folks like this can get in with average work experience and mid 600's gmat scores. It's not a bad decision for MIT, as the network exposure for the rest of the class (in addition to potential donations) can be more than worth giving up a slot to just another above average Joe. Top MBA's look to recruit people who will be influential financiers or businessfolks in 20 years - the chances are much higher for a billionaire progeny than most of the class. Having the MIT tag when that day comes isn't a bad thing for the university.

The real question is, why do you care? There are hundreds of people per class at MIT, they all deserve to be there for one reason or another. Some people win the genetic lottery better than others. However, everyone who attends Sloan has won the genetic lottery in some way; they're well above and beyond the general populace in terms of intelligence and capability. I told my mother I stopped playing the lottery when I got in to Booth; because it felt like I already won. At this level, if you spend your life comparing yourself to others fortune, you'll always fall short.

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Sep 10, 2017

I think this situation is best described as having 'f*ck you money'.

    I'm just saying the uber 1% have it so easy.

Statistically it would be much smaller than that regarding the number of people which would be able to just free ride off their family success as you have described.

I just don't get the jealousy, he was lucky enough to come out of a rich vagina and you weren't.

Don't measure yourself by the yard stick of someone else as there will always be someone richer, smarter, better looking, hotter girlfriend, bigger dick, etc.

Grow up and focus on yourself.

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Sep 14, 2017