Probably the closest person to one of the most influential families in the world, Carline Balan hit the jackpot when she started working for rapper Jay-Z back in the 90s. Balan has been a loyal personal assistant to Jay-Z and Beyonce for over 20 years and has even founded her own lifestyle company thanks to her savings and connections – Balan, Inc.
Balan is not a one-gal staff as Jay and Queen Bey obviously have one of the busiest agendas in the world. Apart from her $100,000 salary, Balan is one of 80 employees that work for the superstar couple that received 50K bonuses from their very generous employers.
Amie Castaldo – Naomi Campbell
Everyone knows the gorgeous supermodel Naomi Campbell, who became one of fashion’s most famous names in the 90s and still walks high fashion runways even now. What most people don’t know, however, is that as sweet as this supermodel appears in the media, she’s been sued more than once for alleged mistreatment of her employees.
Back in 2004, Campbell hired Amie Castaldo as her personal assistant, but it wasn’t long until Castaldo sued her for emotional abuse. Apparently, Campbell became enraged over simple things like not being able to go to her favorite hair salon. People are still talking about it!
Stephanie Shepherd – Kim Kardashian
Socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian is one of those celebrities that probably has a team of hundreds. Unless we're talking about physical things like taking a shower, she can probably employ anyone to do anything. Back in 2013, one of the most important people on her staff was her personal assistant Stephanie Shepherd.
The two worked together for four years, during which Shepherd also became COO for Kardashian West Brands. For unknown reasons, Shepherd left Kardashian’s side in 2017, and the rumor mill claimed they’d had a huge fight. However, Kim quickly spoke out, saying that no such thing had happened and “Steph just wanted to go her own way.”
Victoria Asher – Britney Spears
From her days as the world’s most famous pop star in the early 2000s to her highly publicized conservatorship matter, we’ve all followed Britney Spears’ crazy life. The pop star hasn’t had it easy, which is why her millions of fans were very happy to learn she’d hired Victoria Asher as a personal assistant in 2021.
Spears seems to be getting along very well with Vicky, posting constantly on her social media accounts. Whatever Victoria is doing, it’s keeping Spears happy, so we’re all for it. If anyone in the industry absolutely must be surrounded by people who make them happy, Spears is most definitely that person.
Mary Beth Brown – Elon Musk
Judging by what we see in the media, working for Elon Musk must be no picnic. However, there’s one woman that managed to swing it for over 12 years – Mary Beth Brown. She worked the same hours as her boss, which often meant staying awake for 24 hours in a row.
For many years, Brown had a salary of $60,000, and when she dared to ask for a raise in 2014, Musk asked her to take some time off so he could think about it. Two weeks went by, and Musk fired Brown, simply telling her that while she was away, he realized he didn’t really need her.