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David Miscavige: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

September 21, 2009

There was an interesting post today about how David Miscavige spends parishioner money. And I’ve read and heard other accounts of how he lives.

Let’s put this in context. Here we have most Scientologists scraping and scrimping to get every possible bit of money to the Church. Some people have taken out second or third mortgages. Some have raided their retirement savings, or their inheritances. They’ve gone without that vacation or that new car to contribute every penny they can.

Then, too, we have thousands of Sea Org Members, working for less than $50 a week, with no retirement savings, no possessions, living in communal dormitories and eating cafeteria food.

And then we have hundreds of RPF Members, working seven days a week, year after year, for about $12.00 a week, living in packed dormitories with 30 or 40 other people.

All right, given that context, let’s see how David Miscavige lives.

First, he pays himself a six-figure salary. And that’s without having to pay for housing, food, clothing, or transportation. That’s about forty times what the average Sea Org Member is paid. Over the last 25 years or so, he’s paid himself something like three million dollars.

He wears $5,000 tailored suits, $500 Egyptian cotton shirts, the finest Italian leather shoes. The average Sea Org Member gets his or her uniform supplied, if they are lucky. If they want any other clothing, say something nice to wear on that rare day off, they have to buy it themselves. And if they want underwear, socks, toiletries, any other personal items, they have to buy those things themselves too. Out of their 40 cents an hour.

If he needs to fly somewhere, Miscavige routinely takes a private jet. I guess a commercial flight is beneath him. Apparently millions have been spent to fly Miscavige and his personal staff around the world in the last ten years. If a Sea Org Member has to go somewhere on business, it’s the cheapest flight possible. And if they have to go somewhere for personal reasons, say a family emergency, they (or their family) have to pay.

And for Miscavige’s personal ground transportation? No expense spared. A $50,000 Acura RL for the Int Base. A $25,000 Mazda Miata. An $80,000 Range Rover. A $150,000 bulletproof GMC Van. A $25,000 custom-made motorcycle. A $110,000 BMW M6 bought for him by ASI staff for his birthday. Another $45,000 Acura to use then he’s in Clearwater. Most Sea Org Members don’t own a car, and if they do, it’s an old clunker they can’t afford the insurance on.

Food? A personal chef who travels with him. Haircut? A personal stylist who travels with him. Laundry? Cleaning? Done by personal staff, who are paid 40 cents an hour.

And if he wants to throw a birthday party to impress his friend Tom Cruise? No problem.  Dave threw Tom a $250,000 party aboard Freewinds in 2004, and another $250,000 party in 2005. And the food, décor, music and entertainment were all put together by Sea Org Members, paid $50 a week.

Dave needs a place to stay in LA when he’s in town? No problem, purchase a $4,600,000.00 apartment complex.

Miscavige takes lavish personal vacations – including many Caribbean diving trips and a five star tour of Scotland (including cases of sampled Scotch being shipped to Miscavige’s residence afterward).

Once Dave did an event a Celebrity Centre. He was sweating like a pig – it was an outdoor event in LA in August, so not too surprising. He hired an outside video special effects firm to erase the sweat sheen, frame by frame, at a cost of $150,000. Oh, and of course his make-up person (a Sea Org member paid 40 cents an hour) was RPFed for “sabotage.”

This is the world of David Miscavige. A world where he can spend any amount, buy anything he wants, all with millions of parishioner money. Your money. And lord it over the lowly Sea Org Members who surround him.

So now how do you feel about all those sacrifices you had to make to get as much money as you could to the Church?

And if you’re thinking, “Well, he’s worth it, isn’t he? After all, he’s booming Scientology,” then you missed a few earlier posts, like this one and this one.

  1. September 21, 2009 4:34 am

    Go Rebel! This is killer — because it’s dead on accurate and 100% true. You really know how to put things into perspective.

  2. ExVet permalink
    September 21, 2009 5:39 am

    It’s called “keeping up with the Cruise’s.”

  3. September 21, 2009 5:48 am

    Hmmm a bullet proof GMC. The guy reminds me of one of those South American dictators the CIA love so much.

  4. Heather permalink
    September 21, 2009 7:31 am

    Really well written, rebel008

  5. September 21, 2009 7:46 pm

    While I am loathe to defend Scientology, I must point out that these things are not at all specific to Scientology. The power elite always finances their lobster dinners from your personal sacrifices, no matter what government, business, organizataion or religion we’re talking about.

    • rebel008 permalink*
      September 22, 2009 5:07 am

      This is a defense? “Everyone does it” so it’s OK?

  6. Rebel Too permalink
    September 21, 2009 11:58 pm

    Another great post Rebel008. Concise, well researched and shot right from the hip…dead on. Just one more wake up call that I hope will be answered by more Scientologists leaving.

  7. Scott Nickel permalink
    September 23, 2009 4:14 am

    I’m loving your blog. You’re an excellent writer, my friend.

    I grew iup in the Cos — parents were involved in the 50s, 60s and 70s; went Clear at Saint Hill in ’67; we were onboard the Royal Scotman on its maiden voyage that same year; my dad was right under Mary Sue.

    Interesting childhood to say the least.

    But, hey, the CosS gave me a free Ultimate Basics package last year because of my parents “contributions to Scientology.” Too bad those “contributions” included their sanity.


    • March 19, 2011 5:00 pm

      It is hardly likely that the C of S gavc you a “free” Ultimate Basics Package. Someone with some money on account or someone in lower conditions was regged to donate a pile of money and then staff had to figure out places to give it away. And someone suggested you. It’s a nice thing that someone remembered your parent’s contributions and you got this stuff I am sure. But it certainly was not paid for by the church. It was paid for as a result of a reg cycle and a fellow parishioner donated the funds that brought about your package.

  8. September 24, 2009 10:15 am

    A basic maxim in this universe is that you get what you resist. I would not have a bullet proof car if it was given to me a s present.

    Hey… keep up the great work exposing the this destroyer of the future!

  9. Jim Logan permalink
    September 24, 2009 3:32 pm

    OUUUUCCCHHH! That one is gonna leave a BIG mark. Lots of marks so far too. Dave’s stylist and make-up slaves are gonna have a lot on their hands with all these marks.

  10. NOTSaware permalink
    February 7, 2010 8:38 pm

    I always felt disgusted when while on the freewinds had to give part of my pay to buy a present to the motherfu…r for his b/day.

  11. Fidelio permalink
    March 4, 2010 11:39 am

    This is killer, this is too much. I am one of these “enablers” having stripped any any money I could possibly get to give it his way!
    I don’t even KNOW what I feel…
    Thanks for the enlightenment, Jeff, what a writer and communicator you are!

  12. ser permalink
    August 12, 2010 7:40 am

    You are spot on. I was one of the people threatened when I refused to sign a check to build his personal Kitchen, the above is fact. This man if off the rails at the expense of a lot of people who love LRH and Scientology technology. What a scam he is pulling off.

  13. iDatum permalink
    March 12, 2011 10:09 pm

    I am sooooo freggin glad I did not spend all my money on this BS and I am soooo freggin glad it did not take me years to feed into this sh*t and figure out what the hell is really going on. What can I say….wooooooow, just wow!


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