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.But then, finding love is a serious business, insists Mac Lynn.“People who have the resources want to approach finding someone in same way they’d use a personal trainer rather than going to their local gym.”Once a potential suitor has been identified, the matchmakers usually back off, though if requested, they can arrange the first date. “We introduce clients, then it’s up to them how they meet.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.
Meanwhile, media mogul Rupert Murdoch demonstrated that thousands of kilometres needn’t stand in the way of romance when he tied the knot with Jerry Hall at the weekend.
We try not to be the overbearing aunt.”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 But what happens when things get serious and the romance of jet-set dating gives way to mundane (yet crucial) considerations, such as where to set up a home together — or, should the patter of tiny feet follow, where the children go to school.
“I travel a lot and I’m more drawn to the effortless sophistication of European women.
Anna sounded intriguing, so I flew out to meet her the following weekend.”It was reported this week that Berkeley International, another elite dating service, which has 5,000 clients — “a mix of CEOs, barristers, doctors and hedge-fund types” — has seen a 50 per cent rise in Londoners seeking to be introduced to New Yorkers.