How To Marry A Chinese BillionaireJuly 20, 2011 No Comments
For all the women out there who enjoy Millionaire Matchmaker, you can rejoice that you may no longer need Patti Stanger telling you to straighten your hair or fix your makeup. And don’t worry, you can still have the millionaire — maybe even a billionaire.
At the Beijing Moral Education Center for Women, ladies are learning how to reel in a rich man. They “learn techniques to make them more attractive, from how to put on make-up in the most flattering way to how to spot a liar by looking at his facial expressions,” according to Reuters.
The school has attracted over 2,800 women since it opened in August last year. Even though the odds may seem against women, China boasts 189 billionaires and is just short of one million millionaires. Marrying rich doesn’t seem such a distant possibility to the mainly middle class women joining the school in hopes of prosperity.
There must be more feasible get-rich-quick schemes, but when our lives are saturated with reality dating shows and sizing someone up from their online profile is no longer shameful, a school teaching women how to meet and charm billionaires is no longer a far stretch.
For 30 hours of training it costs you 20,000 yuan, or $3,080. Women should probably place a higher value on their independence, but alas, some are buying into the idea. Enrolling is a way to get their foot in the high society door.
“By taking the classes at this school, women can raise their personal qualities — and perhaps better meet the expectations of men like us who are looking for a girlfriend or a companion,” said Wen Wen, a wealthy man who is now dating one of the school’s graduates.
You can’t help but thinking that we must have stepped through a time machine and ended up in a previous century. But with 30 match-ups that have resulted in marriage, the program has obviously seen some success — if only as a glorified dating service.
Regardless, rather than “conversation” class and learning “how to decipher a man’s character and personality,” women should be getting an education divorced from the pressures of love and marriage.
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