Very important person

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The "VIP Hall" (formerly, Royal Family Hall) at the main train station in Nizhny Novgorod

A very important person (VIP) is a person who is accorded special privileges due to their status or importance.[1]

Examples include celebrities, heads of state or heads of government, other politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, wealthy individuals, or any other socially notable person who receives special treatment for any reason. The special treatment usually involves separation from common people, and a higher level of comfort or service.

In some cases, such as with tickets, VIP may be used as a title in a similar way to premium.[citation needed] These "VIP tickets" can be purchased by anyone, but still meaning separation from other customers, own security checks etc.

The term VVIP or Very Very Important Person is also used,[2] especially with reference to VIPs with very high spending power.[3]

VIP syndrome

VIP syndrome is when a perceived VIP uses their status to influence a given professional to make unorthodox decisions under the pressure or presence of the individual.[4][5] The phenomenon can occur in any profession that has relationships with wealthy, famous, and powerful clients or patients,[6] particularly medical[7] or airline professions.[4][6] One example is the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash.


  1. ^ "Very Important Person". The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  2. ^ Free Dictionary definition, accessed 15 June 2016
  3. ^ Meet the VVIP (Very Very Important People), Wall Street Journal 23 December 2010, accessed 15 June 2016
  4. ^ a b Block, A. Jay (1993). "Beware of the VIP Syndrome" (PDF). Chest. American College of Chest Physicians. 104: 989. doi:10.1378/chest.104.4.989b. PMID 8404234. 
  5. ^ "The Vip Syndrome: A Clinical Study in Hospital Psychiatry : The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  6. ^ a b Bremer, Jack (13 April 2010). "VIP passenger syndrome to blame for Polish tragedy". The First Post. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Kowalczyk, Liz. "VIP's princely care brings scrutiny to the Brigham". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 

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