I spoke recently with three matchmakers, Richard Easton, Janis Spindel and Samantha Daniels.
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Women are generally not the clients but potential matches for the men; and in most cases, they simply pay an application or interview fee.
I don't think this is any sexist plot by the modern day Dolly Levi's, only a reflection of a dating dynamic that is still alive and well -- at least where well-to-do men are concerned.
With all the matchmakers I couldn't help but think that there are some real sad sacks on their books, but they all insist their clients are actually quite social, popular -- but just haven't found the right person.
And while the price of admission is high for men, money will get you in regardless of your age, height, or attractiveness (though I'm assured that the overly odious are turned down).
Dating is big business in China, a country that is reputedly home to some 180 million single people.
Early this year the founder of one of China’s biggest online dating sites – – told local television his company was making annual profits of around £20 million from its 36 million registered users.
She launched her agency in New York 11 years ago, then set up an office in L. after going there to produce the TV show based on her life, "Miss Match." Very social in both cities, she takes on high profile women as paying clients as well -- studio heads, CEO's, and other successful women who need equally successful -- or incredibly well- adjusted -- men who will not be intimidated by their success. So we'll see if these matchmakers come up with the goods. If you see me in a restaurant with a 78-year-old, you'll know it was a set-up.
And Daniel's former career gives her great insight into what breaks couples up (number one: poor communication), so she can offer clear-headed advice as clients embark upon relationships or marriage.
But China’s super-rich women are facing problems of their own, said Mr Du, not least finding time to scout for would-be husbands.
“They are very busy, of course, so they don’t have much time to meet the ideal date.
"Men feel more comfortable with me, they will say things to me that they won't say to a woman, about what they're looking for, what works and doesn't." Putting on my marketing hat, it does make sense that that his branding appeals to masculine sensibilities, with nary a heart or pink flower in sight.