I worked as a full-time servant for an eccentric millionaire. AMA.
No, he wasn't Bruce Wayne. (If only...). (And servant =/= butler).
I worked in this guy's summer house in the Northeast US along with 3-4 other full time service staff folks. I was just a regular servant for one summer full time, and several summers part time. I also spent one summer full time working on what we called "The Project," which entailed painstakingly cataloguing every item he owned, including a giant basement full of expensive crap with boxes that literally hadn't been opened since the 1980s. The idea was to get all this appraised for insurance purposes, but that ended up being a ridiculous scam....
My boss was a weird old dude, and I have some pretty odd stories. Incidentally, the place he lived was also home to some other very wealthy and famous people in the summer, including a couple movie stars. I don't want to name them because that would make it too easy to look up the location and figure out who this guy is -- which doesn't seem fair to him -- but trust me, you've heard of them. The guy I worked for wasn't famous, though, just rich and weird.
Not sure exactly how I can prove this, but I've uploaded photos of some of his old memos and documents we made working on "The Project" to an imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/XHzZG
You'll see that some of them are memos that he left for me and two of the other guys I was working with, and some of them are organizational documents I myself created while working on "The Project." There's also a shot of one page of the ceramics section of the catalogue of all his possessions (the whole document is crazy long and I don't have the actual files -- all that stuff was on his computers -- but luckily one of the guys I worked with kept all these printouts).
My wife and I just got a new puppy so we're pretty busy, but I will try to answer all questions in as timely and thorough a fashion as possible.
EDIT #1: Hey guys, thanks for all the questions! I'm gonna go to bed now, but will answer more tomorrow!
EDIT #2: Oh wow, Shitty_Watercolor made a shitty watercolor of the Button Duck. This is actually pretty accurate! http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/xqiwo/i_worked_as_a_fulltime_servant_for_an_eccentric/c5ozbdw Thanks!