Wimbledon nanny does a Lamborghini school run for children of billionaires


29th Dec 2023 | Local History

Nanny for millionaires. (Photo: SWNS)
Nanny for millionaires. (Photo: SWNS)

A VIP nanny who cares for billionaires' children jets off to private islands, does the school run in a Lamborghini and splashes thousands in designer baby shops.

Sonya Kumar, 28, is trusted by A-list celebrities, business people, international footballers and diplomats to care for their little darlings.

The VIP governess, based in Wimbledon, south west London, does everything from shopping for clients' designer gear to accompanying them travelling abroad.

She stays in five-star hotels such as The Ritz, flies first-class and eats Michelin-star quality food on yachts.

The role is hard work and long hours - but sees Sonya rewarded with a salary of up to £200k per year.

Sonya said: "Initially I never had any desire to work in childcare.

"But I did some nannying part time as a side hustle while doing another job and I realised it's what I wanted to do.

"I signed up with some agencies and clients seemed to love how I presented myself - and by 21 I was a full-time governess.

"I've worked for some very well known people which has taken me all over the world - getting paid to travel is the best thing ever.

"Sometimes the client will just hand me their bank card to pay for everything, and sometimes I'll have a private car and chauffer.

"I once did a school run in a Lamborghini - and I was once given £150k to kit out a nursery with exclusively designer gear.

Sonya has been gifted designer gear. (Photo: SWNS)

"My work keeps me so busy that I don't have much time for socialising or relationships - but I'm happy and have no plans to stop."

Sonya started nannying when she was 17 to bring in extra cash while managing a restaurant.

She enjoyed it - and signed up with a nannying agency while she began working on her childcare qualifications.

Because she is also qualified to homeschool and tutor children with their studies, she is classed as a governess - making her even more appealing to high net-worth clients.

Soon, she was in high demand thanks to glowing references from previous clients' personal assistants and house managers.

She said: "Because I was from the world of business, I knew how to handle myself and speak to clients.

"That's what they wanted – someone professional and mature."

For the past 11 years she has been a governess to ultra-wealthy clients, so high-profile she has to sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA) before she can work for them.

These have so far included an A-list footballer, a Hollywood actor, an international diplomat and a high-profile fashion designer. 

Five days a week, Sonya cooks, cleans and cares for their children, as well as homeschooling them if required.

But she is also expected to travel if the family aren't at home - such as accompanying them going on holidays abroad to private islands, on private jets, and on luxury yachts.

Sometimes Soya goes on holiday with the family. (Photo: SWNS)

She said the hefty salary is not for the faint-hearted - because there's a lot of pressure when "everything has to be perfect".

She will often be responsible for communicating with personal assistants, private chefs, security guards and chauffeurs to make sure everything goes smoothly at all times.

Sonya said: "Once I needed to measure some storage boxes of baby clothes for an American client living in Mayfair who was going on a yacht trip.

"I took the measurements wrong, and all these designer clothes didn't fit on the yacht - it was a disaster.

"The lifestyle and opportunities that come with the job are amazing, but you have to be on the top of your game all the time."

With high risk comes high reward - beyond a generous salary which often hits six figures.

(Photo: SWNS)

Sonya said she has accompanied clients on trips all around the world, including France, the US, Dubai, Greece, Italy and Barbados.

And most clients will ensure she is treated as though she is one of the family.

She said: "Many make sure you travel the same class as what they're travelling, and eat the same food as them.

"Some offer me a gym membership, use of their swimming pools, and private healthcare.

"Some have offered me a food allowance as well, up to £200, so I can get myself whatever I want to eat."

Sonya also gets to stay in exclusively five-star hotels such as The Ritz and Bulgari Hotel.

She added: "Sometimes a client will offer to book me in for a nail artist or a massage. If I pull a muscle they'll bring in a private physio."

And then there are other perks, such as the "four or five figure bonuses" and designer Christmas presents.

Sonya said: "I've been gifted amazing things - like £2,000 wine bottles, a Gucci belt, and La Mer beauty products."

She once had to drop the children off at school in a Lamborghini because the usual car, a Range Rover kitted out with backseat TV screens, was unavailable.

Sonya also recalled a time she was given a budget of £150k to deck out a new baby's nursery.

She said: "It was a VIP Saudi family living in Belgravia.

"The mum only wanted designers like Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Gucci.

"I was talking to a personal shopper and spending £2,500 on a Dior baby set that the baby would grow out of in a couple of weeks."

Despite the intense work, high pressure and long hours, Sonya has no plans to quit her role.

She said: "Five years ago, I would have said the best thing about this job is getting designer clothes and jewellery.

"Now I'd say the best thing is being able to be a part of a family's life."


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