Even the Rich

Even the Rich

New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers. Our lives can be crazy, but you can take a break from it all with Wondery’s new series, Even the Rich, where co-hosts Brooke Siffrinn and Aricia Skidmore-Williams pull back the curtain and chat about someone else’s craziness for a change. They tell stories about some of the greatest family dynasties in history, from the Murdochs to the Royals to the Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé, that is). Because as Queen Elizabeth once said, “A good gossip is a wonderful tonic.”

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February 25, 2020 1 min

Even The Rich premieres March 17th.

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How did Meghan Markle go from a game-show hostess to the fiancee of a prince, and then decide “Nah, not for me”? Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as royals took the world — and their family — by complete surprise. In our first four-episode series, we ask: Was the writing on the wall? And what did everyone wear along the way?


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Meghan and Harry’s wedding is set to have snipers, Oprah, and a half-a-million dollar wedding dress. It’ll be just perfect. But then Meghan’s family comes out of the woodwork, and things go off the rails fast.


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Diana Spencer is nineteen years old and engaged to the future King of England. Basically, she seems to be living out a Cinderella fantasy. But Diana is not insanely happy. Instead, she later calls her wedding the worst day of her life. Being married to Charles, it turns out, is not a fairy tale.


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March 31, 2020 45 min

Diana gives birth to a redhead. (It’s Harry. Duh.) Unfortunately, Charles doesn’t seem to care. Convinced that her husband has given up on their marriage, Diana sets off on a journey to find herself and reclaim some independence... And don’t think we’ve forgotten about Harry and Meghan! In our final episode, the newlyweds start plotting their Megxit. And now that they’re moving to Los Angeles, we’re totally gonna be friends.


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April 7, 2020 46 min

We're not done with the Royals yet! Today, on a special interview episode, we’re talking to two phenomenal guests. First, NPR’s London correspondent Frank Langfitt tells us what it’s been like covering Megxit. And then Mikhaila Friel — she’s the royals reporter at Insider — takes us behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace and reveals how she became WhatsApp pals with a bona fide royal.

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April 14, 2020 46 min

What’s black and white and read all over the world? In this new four-part series, we look at the in-fighting, back-stabbing, and the many marriages of Rupert Murdoch and his children. The fight in the Murdoch clan to take over the media tycoon’s empire is so juicy that it inspired HBO’s hit series “Succession.” Well, we have a secret: the real-life story is even juicier. The true heir will control a multi-billion dollar conglomerat...

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Rupert becomes the hopeless cliche of a much older rich man caught up in a whirlwind romance with a younger woman who works for him. He sees a chance at happiness, but his kids see something else entirely — a threat to their inheritance.


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April 28, 2020 39 min

The phone-hacking scandal doesn’t just threaten to bring down Rupert Murdoch’s empire: it might also tear apart his family. Siblings blame siblings. Rupert plays favorites. And Wendi seeks shelter from the storm ... in the arms of another man.


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All good things must come to an end, right? Try telling that to Rupert Murdoch. In his eighties, the billionaire tycoon shows no sign of slowing down. But let’s face it: the guy must be exhausted. His company is mired in scandal — again — and he’s facing tougher competition than ever before. Don’t even get us started on his sons, Lachlan and James, who are so pissed at each other they’re about ready to rip off their shirts and figh...

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We thought we knew everything about the Murdochs. Then we met Ken Auletta. He's one of the best media reporters in the biz — four decades at The New Yorker, a handful of bestsellers under his belt, and quite a few encounters with the Murdochs along the way. He tells us what the family is like up close, and what the future holds for their diminished empire.

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James Poniewozik, watches TV all day and gets paid for it. Dream job, right? James is the chief TV critic at the New York Times. He’s also the author of “Audience of One: Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America.” On this episode, he explains how Rupert Murdoch brought a tabloid sensibility to cable news. Then we talk “Succession.” The Murdoch family feud inspired the HBO drama, but James says the show also takes a page fro...

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z. They’re not just the first family of hip-hop: they also remind us that magical, luminous, what-I-would-give-to-have-that love really does exist. That’s why this season we’re telling you the story of how two of the biggest stars on the planet came together, launched a billion-dollar music empire, and almost lost it all. In this episode, sparks fly when a pop sensation from Houston and a gifted rapper from Brooklyn...

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When Jay-Z and Beyoncé finally get together, it’s not just one of the great love stories of all time: it’s also one of the greatest mergers in American history. So when a sketchy publicist starts spreading rumors with the power to break them up, all hell breaks loose.

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Beyonce’s stardom reaches new heights with the release of “Single Ladies.” She’s soaring toward the stratosphere when a nasty rumor pulls her back to earth: someone in her inner circle is stealing from her. What she finds out when she investigates threatens everything she’s spent her whole life building. And in the end, she’ll turn to Jay to help her find a way forward.

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June 16, 2020 38 min

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Solange walk into an elevator. After that? Well, you've seen the video. The black-and-white footage inspires the tabloids to fire off an endless stream of colorful rumors. And the thing is, some of those rumors might be true. The Carters' marriage is on shaky ground. So they turn to music. It brought them together in the first place. Maybe now it can save their relationship.

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Still dying to know more about Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s evolution from music sensations to business moguls? Then you need a little Zack O’Malley Greenburg in your life. Zack is a senior editor at Forbes, where he writes about business and culture. He’s also the author of the fantastic book “Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office.” And on this episode, he talks to us about a few of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s br...

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June 30, 2020 43 min

Paul Getty is just your typical 16-year-old. He lives in Rome with his girlfriend and her twin sister. His hobbies include getting high, clubbing with celebrities, and reading Mickey Mouse comics. And he’s an heir to one of the largest family fortunes ever. It’s a pretty good life — until Paul gets kidnapped. In this four-episode series, we’re bringing you the story of one of the craziest crimes in the history of rich people. It fe...

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July 7, 2020 39 min

JP’s man in Rome, an ex-spook named Fletcher Chace, elbows his way into the kidnapping negotiations and whips up a wild plan to get Gail out of the picture. He wants to run the show, and Paul’s captors are none too pleased.


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July 14, 2020 40 min

It's been weeks since the kidnappers grabbed Paul, and they're getting fed up with the Getty family’s dithering. So they issue an ultimatum: pay the ransom, or we’ll cut off the boy’s ear. But Gail doesn’t have the money. And JP? Well, his checkbook is still super-glued shut.


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