Utterly charmed by Anna, a glamorous 38-year-old PR executive (“She was so stunning I almost knocked over my glass of water”), Jake married her seven months later. Jake had travelled nearly 5,000 kilometres from New York to meet London-based Anna, to whom he was introduced by Seventy-Thirty, a matchmaking service that helps high-net-worth individuals find love, wherever in the world they are based.The couple are typical of this new jet-set dating elite — the super-rich whose lives are so international they don’t see a few oceans as a barrier to true love.Seventy-Thirty has a global membership of around 2,000, with the majority of its clients aged between 30 and 60.
Clients have the best experience if we work around their existing schedule. really appealed.“I’ve been a member for about 18 months.
It all sounds very glamorous, but when it comes down to it, arranging dates around packed itineraries can be very challenging.”A healthy international client base was part of Vida’s appeal for Michael, a 47-year-old property developer and entrepreneur from London. Almost straightaway, I was paired with Jennifer, who worked in finance in Manhattan and also did a bit of back and forth across the pond.
If we have a male client with homes and businesses in several cities, he’ll typically expect to meet someone who’s fairly flexible.
Many of the women we deal with have the kind of skills and careers which mean they can work anywhere in the world.”It’s an arrangement that sits easily with Anna and Jake — given she works with international luxury brands, she found it easy to relocate to New York early on in the relationship.
“If somebody is an open book and they’re prepared to listen to us as a group of professionals, they’ll have more success.”Molloy is not the only one bringing impressive credentials to the table — Mac Lynn moved into matchmaking in 2006 following a career in business psychology, while Seventy-Thirty founder, Susie Ambrose, ran a successful psychotherapy practice prior to setting up the company.
There’s clearly something in a scientific approach to romance — Lemarc Thomas makes the impressive claim that eight out of 10 of his clients will find a relationship.
He says: “My work takes me overseas on a fairly regular basis, so the fact that Vida could offer a service in both the U. As I was in New York the following week, we set up a date — I felt like a character in Love Actually.
I suggested dinner in an amazing Italian restaurant.
It was a great first date that spawned a seven-month relationship.”So what’s the secret to helping the time-starved super-rich making it work?
The key is rigorous profiling, says Mairead Molloy, global director of Berkeley International.
It is a trend that has also been noticed by Vida Consultancy, a London-based company that seeks to find “life partners for the world’s most exceptional people” and has a network of thousands of registered users.