Matchmaker: Rich Older Women Looking for Love Are 'Too Hard' to Match


There’s plenty to find sickening about the wealth oozing from Silicon Valley, though the latest comes by the way of a surprising source: Kelleher International (“making love happen…since 1986”), a matchmaking service that can charge hundreds of thousands of dollars help the richest of the rich find their special person. Kelleher has long relied on wealthy tech industralists to help butter its bread, but unfortunately, even an “intellectually rigorous singles mixer” held on Richard Branson’s private island won’t help some of the women who go to them for help. They’re too old and too rich to be bothered with.

According to a profile in the New York Times, pinning down the services of family-run Kelleher International requires any of the following fees:

  • $15,000 for a year of “unlimited matches” in one city
  • $5,000 extra for a second city
  • approximately $45,000 for time on Branson’s island, a number that does not include flights or “optional spa treatments” – though some of that money is tax deductible “because net proceeds go to Virgin Unite, Mr. Branson’s charitable foundation”
  • $150,000 to join “the CEO Club,” which means Kelleher will search internationally for you rich life partner and put their top people on your game
  • “additional ‘success fees’ for a match that results in either marriage or a long-term relationship, usually defined as one year”

But there are some who shouldn’t even bother trying to throw down this kind of cash. Though Cheryl Tiegs casually attended a mixer as a favor to Kelleher’s chief executive Amber Kelleher-Andrews and met many men who were interested in her, she’s not the type of older woman who needs help finding a date. (“Trust me, I have enough men calling,” she told the Times.) It’s the non-supermodels, the older rich women who have built very comfortable lives but have no one to share them with. The Martha Stewarts of the world:

“A lot of older women we don’t take — and they’re fabulous, but it’s too hard to match them,” Jill Kelleher said the morning after the party, at the company’s headquarters in Corte Madera, Calif., which was filled with impeccably groomed young female matchmakers (many of whom have marriage- and family-therapy degrees or a background in life coaching, Sunya Andrews said). “We need to find a system to bring in the men.”

Perhaps that system could be a matchmaking company for your matchmaking company so you no longer have to turn away older women because they make your job too difficult? In the meantime, these ladies can take comfort in the fact that “they’re fabulous” without a man! That feeling is like a warm blanket on a cold night.

The High-End Matchmaking Service for Tycoons [NYT]

Image via Betty White’s 2011 Calendar

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