A wealthy heir with a taste for the finer things who once spent £20,000 on a night out traded five star hotels for a tent by a motorway on Rich Kids, Skint Holiday.
Leon, 18, from Royal Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, is the son of a restaurant and property tycoon in Thailand who’s never wanted for anything in life. He appeared on last night’s programme on 5Star.
But the big spender, who proudly wears a £27,000 watch and takes 15 holidays a year went to stay with the Outfields, a strapped-for-cash family from Essex.
Postman Danny and his wife Jane, who works for the NHS as a secretary, earn £2,000 a month between them, with half of it going towards their rent. They have to save all year to take their children Ruby, 16, Dan, five Molly, three and Florence, six weeks, on a caravan holiday.
Leo, who left Jane so shocked by his spending that she wanted to cry, said at the end he would try to be more responsible after witnessing how hard the couple have to work for their money.
But viewers were not impressed when he branded the family ‘ignorant’ for not realising that their children could win scholarships for private education.
Leo, 18, a wealthy heir to a restaurant and property tycoon in Thailand, went to stay with the Outfields, from Essex, on last night’s Rich Kids, Skint Holiday
The rich kid, pictured in London, explained he only had to send pictures of what he wanted to buy for his parents to send him the money
Leo, whose private schooling cost £38,000 a year, discussed education costs with the Outfields, who said they didn’t know about the possible funding their eldest daughter Ruby could benefit from.
Ruby asked Leo: ‘Say, if you went to a good university do you think I would have the same opportunity, or do you think you would have the best opportunity because you come from a wealthy background?
‘Millions and millions a year are actually allocated to scholarships, affording so many places for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go to private school,’ Leo replied.
But Danny was quick to counter the rich kid’s argument.
While taking a tour of his closet full of designer labels, Leo revealed his possessions amounted to £50,000
‘These are things people like us don’t get told about. We don’t receive a pack saying “Look, there all this money available, if your kids get good grades, we give you money for you to go to private school”,’ he said.
‘It’s a shame people don’t know about these scholarships,’ Leo said, before adding: ‘If you’re really passionate about something, it’s there and you will find it.
‘I think he’s of the opinion that anybody can have anything that they want if they put their mind to it, but quite simply that is not how it works, unfortunately,’ Jane said.
Reflecting on his conversation with the Outfields, Leo said: ‘I never really thought that there were barrier, but one thing I did learn is that there is a lack of knowledge about these provisions such as private school scholarships.
Viewers were not happy when Leo branded the family ‘naive’ for not knowing there are scholarships available for private education
‘But the information is out there. It is out there, but it’s by pure naivety, yet ignorance that they don’t know that it’s out there.’
At the start of the episode, Leo explained that ‘buying expensive clothes is an investment in yourself’, revealing closets filled with Gucci jackets priced between £4,000 and £5,000 and a £1,400 coat from David Beckham’s fashion line.
He went on to explain how his parents indulge his taste for fashion.
‘When I do see something quite nice I just send them a picture and then they send the money into my account,’ he said.
‘I bought this watch, it was about £27,000, my dad thought it was a good price and he just sent me the money,’ he said.
And his spending doesn’t stop there, with Leo revealing he can go on as many as 15 holidays a year.
Leo showed of his £27,000 watch, which he said his parents bought him because it was a ‘good price’
‘I visited 50 countries Japan, Cambodia, South America, the US South Africa, […] I’ve been on holidays with my parents every year since I was born, it’s quite boring,’ he said.
In spite of his easy life, the privately-educated rich kid was fearful of what his host family would think of him.
‘The main thing is I’m kind of worried they might judge me because I’m quote, unquote, privileged,’ he said.
And while the Outfields did not seem to be judging Leo on his spending, they were indeed shocked by the ease with which he spends his money on meals and accessories.
The couple were left speechless when the heir told them his family had once spent £20,00 on a dinner for his mother’s birthday at a Two star Michelin restaurant.
’20K for ONE meal,’ Danny asked, with Leo sheepishly nodding along.
‘Oh my god, I wanna cry,’ Jane said.
‘I hope it was nice,’ Danny said after a moment of silence.
‘That’s life-changing amounts of money. Would you not prefer to save £19,000 and just go somewhere a bit cheaper,’ Jane said, laughing in disbelief.
The rich kid went to stay with the Outfields and talked with Ruby, 16, their eldest daughter. He also enjoyed some games with the younger children as well
Leo tried to justify his family spending that much, but Jane cut him short, saying: ‘Even if I had money, I would not be able to justify it.
‘Nothing in this world would make me spend that much money on taking my family out for dinner,’ Jane told the camera.
And they were equally shocked when he revealed that the watch on his wrist cost £27,000.
Even more baffling to them was the fact that Leo’s family collect watches, and that the collection was reaching £60,000 to £70,000 in worth so far.
‘The watch itself would wipe out our debt, give us a deposit for a home and we would probably have enough left over for a holiday and that’s just from the thing on his wrist,’ Jane later told the camera.
When a curious Jane asked Leo how much he spent a month, the heir said that he didn’t know for sure, and ‘guess-timated’ he spent £1,000.
But in an aside to the camera, he said he had not want to give the exact number and had ‘underplay’ the amount he spent monthly.
Jane shared her family’s reality to educate him about what it means to be struggling.
‘We have to not pay our electric bill in order to pay for the rest of our rent and shopping, we sometimes have to go without,’ she told him.
Leo was shocked to find the family had to scrape through in order to afford a holiday and told the camera: ‘Always thinking about the budget, it’s not a holiday to me.’
Leo wore his most dashing trench coat for a day at the beach with Outfields, who were shocked by his spending
But the rich kid was soon put to the test when Danny asked him to buy a meal for the seven of them for a little bit more than £13 and to ‘bring back change.’
For the first time in his life, Leo had to learn to count his pennies, and was left red- faced when he was forced to put back some of the ingredients for the mac & cheese with bacon he had planned to make.
In spite of the challenge, Leo pleased Jane and Danny by completing the task, and even if he did burn some pasta while cooking for the Outfields, his meal was deemed a success by the clan.
To thank the family for letting him stay with them, Leo treated them to a day at the nearby funfair, and after a day of amusement, it was time to say goodbye.
Dan and Jane said they felt Leo had learned from his stay with them.
‘I think he’s probably learned a little bit more about the value of things and that you don’t necessary have to spend lots of money to necessary enjoy yourself,’ Jane said.
From the cab taking him home, Leo did some reflecting as well.
‘Knowing how hard they work for everything it makes me appreciate what I have a lot more,’ he said.
‘It really has helped me understand real world situations, as opposed to being in my usual bubble,
‘I’m still going to eat out in my usual manner but with a bit more restraint than I usually would,’ he said.
Viewers were not too impressed with the number of holidays Leo takes in a year.
One said: ‘Multiple holidays per year! No wonder the rich are responsible for the most emissions.’
Another was annoyed by the fact Leo called the Outfield ignorant for not knowing about school funding.
‘Did Leo just call anyone who doesn’t know about private school scholarships ignorant? Oh dear. This kid needs to take a lesson in humility.. but I suppose that’s the point of Rich Kids, Skint Holiday,’ another said.
Rich Kids, Skint Holiday is available on My5.