Very Important Person

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For the film, see Very Important Person (film).
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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 or heads of government, other politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, wealthy individuals, or any other 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.

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 powerful clients or patients,[4] particularly medical or airline professions.[2][4] 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. ^ a b Block, A. Jay (1993). "Beware of the VIP Syndrome" (PDF). 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.