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So you’re a tech billionaire with money to burn but no time to
trawl through Tinder?
For people too busy to find love, there are uber hush-hush
services out there to help you find a discreet, and equally
Dating agencies for the super-rich are blooming. According to
statistics, there are 70 single men for every 30 available women
in Silicon Valley. Billionaires have found themselves in a very
small, very elite dating conundrum – and we all know how time
consuming and soul-sapping trawling through dating apps can be.
For the right price, relationship ‘headhunters’ will take this
cumbersome task off your hands, mining their quarry of elite
singletons to find you the perfect match on your behalf.
This week, Kelleher
International – the largest, privately owned matchmaking
company in the US – made headlines after ex-QVC boss Darlene
Daggett took the service to court over a string of terrible
The service, which has been linked to celebrities including
Jennifer Aniston, reportedly introduced the head honcho to
several unsuitable suitors – including a disgraced New York
Supreme Court judge, a man who passed out from a heart ailment on
their first date, and one potential partner who told her he was
waiting on his terminally ill wife to die before he reentered the
Perhaps not the selection of suitors she was hoping for.
Still, the legal spat has thrown light onto the dating habits of
the super-rich, and an agency which most of us would have to
remortgage our houses and sell an organ to afford.
So exactly how does this clandestine service work? Here’s
everything to know.
What is it?
Touting itself as a ‘personal headhunter’, Kelleher International
has been serving the lonely elite since 1986. It was founded by
Jill Kelleher-Andrews after she noticed a gap in the market
amongst the rich and wealthy. Today, it’s run by her daughter
Amber – a former Baywatch and Melrose Place actress. As well as
being the biggest privately owned dating company in the US, they
now have international satellite offices in Vancouver, Toronto,
Stockholm, Jakarta, Hong Kong and London.
What type of people are on there?
Kelleher describes its typical clients as “smart, successful and
elegant.” Wealthy must also be a given, considering the service
starts at $25,000 a year.
How much does it cost?
Doing a local search in your area (sort of like Happn, but an
‘elite’ version), will set your back an initial $25,000 – and
that’s just to find local singletons. If you’re travelling away
on business, adding a second city will cost you an additional
$5,000 each time.
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, singletons
can up the ante with a National Search for a whopping $45,000 per
year, which takes the hunt for a potential partner nationwide.
Time-poor tech moguls tend to plump for the ‘CEO Club’. For
upwards of $150,000 a year, the package upgrades you to an
international search, throwing in personal consultations with
Jill and Amber Kelleher-Andrews themselves.
But be warned – if you happen to find marriage or eternal
happiness with your match, you have to cough up again for
additional “success fees.”
How does it work?
If you think you’ve got a bank balance that can take a beating
from Kelleher, the first step is filling out a basic online
profile – which asks for your annual income, among other ‘basic’
Once Kelleher receives your profile, they’ll assign you a
personal matchmaker who’ll be tasked with digging out potential
suitors from a network of over 50,000 eligible single men and
When a potential match is identified, your matchmaker will call
and describe the person to you. The potential match also receives
a phone call describing you. If there is interest on both sides,
you’re given your match’s phone number so you can set up the
The guaranteed minimum number of introductions varies per client,
but according to the company, clients usually receive around 8 to
13 introductions within the 13-month active search period.
Membership rates vary based on how many unsuccessful dates you
manage to rack up before you find someone to share caviar and
superyachts with for eternity.