NEW YORK -- To butle in the Big Apple is to be paid extremely well.

Just ask the butler who makes $90,000 a year, not including food, clothing and shelter, which are provided by his employer.

That salary makes Desmond Patrick Hamilton Gorges the highest-paid butler in New York, Manhattan, inc. magazine said this week.

The magazine profiled Gotham's leading manservant, a 61-year-old Anglo-Irishman "with two university degrees and three languages, a former journalist, public relations man, bon vivant and Tunisian hotelier, who traveled the world on his family name for 50 years until the luck and the money finally ran out."

Gorges has worked for the Saudi ambassador in London, movie mogul Sam Spiegel, billionaire oil tycoon Marvin Davis and others, the magazine said.

For his present employer, a prominent British banker referred to only as "the chairman," Gorges oversees a food budget of more than $60,000 a year, a laundry budget of $500 a month, a flower budget of $250 a week and a staff of six that costs the chairman well over $200,000 a year, the magazine said. There are gardeners in residence nine hours a week at $30 an hour, a maintenance man on call at $100 an hour, and a window washer on retainer at $550 a month.

"I do try to do my best," he told the magazine. "And I've never done that before in my life ... I'm sure the reason is the money. The money!"

"Of course," he added, "I do wish I'd chosen banking.