Marilyn Monroe was seeking love and security in her hit 1950’s film, How To Marry A Millionaire. Austin’s only professional matchmaker Julia McCurley has updated it for inflation in the age-old search as she recommends places to meet love… and opportunity.

Psychological research has shown that opposites do not always attract. Birds of the same species (with similar plumage) often tend to gather, feed or migrate together as a flock. This can be used as a metaphor for the behavior of people who are interested in similar subjects and goals. Just as birds that look the same tend to fly together, humans can seek similar traits in one another. If you are single and looking to meet other like- minded singles, here are my top places to find those other peacocks.

Play The Field

Golf links are popular haunts of successful businessmen and executives, where contracts are negotiated and deals are struck. Memberships to such clubs are generally wildly expensive, but see if you can get a day membership. Better still, try to tag along with a rich friend, as a guest, and then make the best possible use of your opportunity. Another option is frequenting a polo match near you. You’ll get some fresh air and in between champagne-laden dovit stomping, you’ll likely meet another fan of the sport – and money.

The Leisure Class

What better way for a single and successful executive to de-stress, than to take a day off at the spa? Visit a luxury resort that offers exotic massages and relaxing treatments and you may come across someone available who also loves the good life. The main drawback of this venue is that the number of potential candidates is likely to be limited. On the plus side however, if you do come across a suitable person, he/she is more likely to be relaxed and open to meeting someone interesting.

Professionally Speaking

Look to join a company or firm that is reeling in profits every year and then try to find out whom you would like to know among the movers and shakers there. No matter what your experience, the basic idea is to create opportunities to meet the successful people and then let your personality and charm do the rest.

Meet, Then Greet

If you thought that banks were boring, you may need to change your outlook. Instead, try and frequent places where serious professionals come together. These could be the usual places of business like banks and conference halls or self-improving professional events like lectures, workshops and seminars. The best part about frequenting such venues is that despite the somewhat dry professional environment, you can be more or less certain of finding singles who are successes in their field of work.

So, after you have made your choice you can discuss the prospects of an upcoming hedge fund over a delicious cup of coffee and plan how to meet again.

The Right Address

If you want to meet fellow accomplished folks as part of a normal routine, try to become a regular fixture in affluent neighborhoods. You can do this by buying a small place and by frequenting the cafes and parks in the area. Here you can come across other singles as they go about for a morning jog in the neighborhood park or pick up their favorite dessert at the local delicatessen, all of which are going to offer you ample opportunities to open a conversation without trying to appear brazen. That’s how Johnny Carson’s last wife met the great entertainer… she walked up and down the beach in front of his house in Malibu for months until she met him.

Pause For The Cause

Supporting a favorite cause is one of the many ways people of means spend their money, as we know, so attend a charity gala or fund-raising dinner in your city which is sure to attract its share of well-to-do patrons. Even though the main purpose of these $500+-a-plate dinners is underlined by philanthropic motives, such events are important places to be seen if one is to make a mark on the social scene. Look and dress your best since first impressions do matter when you are dealing with those who have the best of everything.

Hobby’s Lobby

This option might create a dent in your bank account since it would involve subscribing to exclusive hobby clubs like one catering to a passion for fine wines or a love for original paintings of Monet. On the plus side however, a shared interest is more likely to yield to a longer lasting association instead of leading to a casual meeting which is usually what happens when you meet someone at the bar or nightclub.

Strike A Match

Most matchmaking services have a section devoted to its wealthy members. You could sign up for such services and express your desire to meet rich available men as potential partners. However, such men will have their own expectations in women and the matchmaker will link you two together, only when your mutual expectations coincide. But not all rich and available men are looking for rich women. There are some who would prefer their partners to have other qualities, like a caring or non-materialistic disposition.

Or, you could do a combination of all of the above tips and soon find yourself planning a chic New Year’s Eve for two.
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