It is tempting to think that New York City day schools, some of which charge north of $40,000 a year in tuition, have reached the height of school expense. However, some boarding schools charge about $45,000 a year, though many make tuition free or reduced for families who earn less than $75,000 a year. But the tuition at the Swiss boarding school Le Rosey dwarfs that at expensive American schools, as it exceeds $100,000 a year. For this staggering sum, Roseans, as the students are called, rub shoulders with Hollywood and actual royalty and benefit from a bilingual (French and English) education on the shores of Lake Geneva. Did I also mention that students have a chocolate break every day and get to spend most of the winter skiing in Gstaad? Several other Swiss boarding schools in the area charge around what Le Rosey does, but there is no doubt that this "School of Kings," as it is called, is among the most expensive in the world.
Photo: The Tour de France in 2000 along Lake Geneva or Lac Leman/Tom Able-Green, Getty Images Sport