Proof? Ain't got no proof - I've never been rich, and the rich people I know would be a little offended by such questions. But I've inferred some...
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ITEM: We can handle taxes pretty easily. We work, they're taken out, and usually that's close enough to balance so that there's only a few bucks difference either way - maybe a couple hundred if we try to outwit the tax codes, maybe with our once a year accountant. Rich people have to address taxes constantly; they have to hire one or two experts, if they're not accountants, and they not only have their own; as employers, they have to account for employees as well.
ITEM: I hate to clean, you hate to clean, everybody hates to clean. Now, suppose you have two or three domiciles, two or three or four cars, a boat, a jet, a whole building. Those homes have to be livable constantly; those vehicles have to be maintained to perform at an instant's notice. Those buildings need janitorial services. And for all those people who wish they had a two story twenty-two room house... they probably haven't considered how many windows there are to clean!
ITEM: In this political season, you may've been contacted to make a donation. Maybe at Christmastime, Easter, and probably one or two email or snailmail requests a month. It's unlikely you friends and family are constantly at your door for money (well, your kids technically are at their own door, but I'm sure you follow.)
Now posit that not only are there likely dozens of charities and foundations looking for contributions - but A) these are GOOD causes. They're not spam-like, or phishing, or Nigerian princes. They're hospitals, universities, charities, and other legitimate causes. And B) because of tax laws, it is almost impossible NOT to donate money to lighten that tax load.
ITEM: Our world today is horrible. We send our children to school, university, or out into real life, without knowing if today is the day they may have to face a mugger, or a terrorist attack, or a disaster due to decrepit infrastructure.
Now multiply that by being rich and famous. How many kidnappers want your children for ransom? How many monsters are going to try to make a message by using YOUR children? How many bodyguards can be bought out and turn on you? If you were rich, you would worry about your children every second of every day, trying to make them secure - and never being sure that you've done enough.
We all have our burdens to bear, poor as well as middle class as well as rich - and nobody wants bad to happen to any of us, save for a few psychopaths. But being wealthy does not solve every single problem by any means.
That, at least is my conclusion.