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 his or her status or importance.[1]

Examples include celebrities, heads of state/heads of government and other politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, wealthy individuals, or any other notable person who receives special treatment for any reason. In some cases, such as tickets to events, VIP may be used as a title in a similar way to premium, and these "VIP tickets" can be purchased by anyone.

VIP syndrome[edit]

VIP syndrome is when a perceived VIP uses his/her status to influence a given professional to make unorthodox decisions under the pressure or presence of the individual.[2][3]

The phenomenon can occur in any profession that has relationships with wealthy, famous, and/or powerful clients or patients,[4] particularly medical or airline professions.[2][4]


  1. ^ "Very Important Person". The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b Block, A. Jay (1993). "Beware of the VIP Syndrome". Chest (American College of Chest Physicians) 4 (104): 989. PMID 8404234. 
  3. ^ "The Vip Syndrome: A Clinical Study in Hospital Psychiatry : The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b Bremer, Jack (13 April 2010). "VIP passenger syndrome to blame for Polish tragedy". The First Post. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 14 April 2010.