Living: Now America Is the Thing to Do

The Rich Are Flocking in for Safety, Society and a Piece of the Action

Ready or not, here they come. Clutching their Vuitton luggage and checking their Cartier Panthere wristwatches, wealthy foreigners are lining up with their less fortunate countrymen at U.S. Immigration desks. The new arrivals are not jet-setters here for a month-long shopping spree or speculators merely stopping off to tuck away foreign currency in U.S. investments. They are ambitious entrepreneurs and professionals ready to catch the go-go spirit, to buy homes and consider citizenship in the nation that, for the present at least, offers them attractive business opportunities and an amenable society. "Ten years ago, everything was based on England," says Sahir...

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