By Robert Johnson, Staff Writer for the Wall Street Journal

You don’t have to be rock singer Marilyn Manson  or an executive traveling to Russia to hire a bodyguard these days. The clientele of bodyguards is expanding quickly, in this era of affluence, to non-celebrities and to workers far down the pecking order from top executives. For the heavily fragmented industry of mostly small companies that provide bodyguards, or “personal protection agents,” as they prefer to be called today, business is booming.

“If you don’t feel comfortable without security for something — for anything — we’ll make that our concern,” says Robert Mann, director of global operations at Worldwide Intelligence Network in Los Angeles. And you don’t have to be “somebody.” Mr. Mann says, “We have never turned anyone down. We don’t evaluate clients based on their prestige, or their position in life.”

You can contact Worldwide Intelligence Network in Los Angeles at

[310] 385 -8200 or in New York at [877] 885 – 5220.