Monday, August 10, 2009

Would You Marry for Money?

Posted by Michele Olson

The Beatles told us that all we needed was love. Turns out in our day-to-day world, a little of the green stuff doesn’t hurt either.

The question is….would you marry based on money? Not so fast with that answer!

A recent survey by Prince and Associates showed that two-thirds of 1,134 people polled nationwide would marry an average-looking person they liked if they had money. Money = at least 1.5 million. Survey respondents by the rest of the world standards “have money” with incomes between $30,000 and $60,000.

Russ Alan Prince, who is himself wealthy from studying the wealthy, explains it this way: “People want to have the good life. Most people get upset because it’s politically incorrect---well, so is life. People want the money; it’s not a big secret.” Russ is an editor of Private Wealth magazine and the president of Prince & Associates, Inc., the leading market research firm specializing in private wealth.

If you are not a regular watcher of VH-1 you might not have seen the reality show Megan Wants A Millionaire.
From the website:
The role of a Trophy Wife has evolved over the years...but one thing is certain, in many ways they are the quintessential status symbol for a successful man. She has the talent to make that man even more powerful with her endless beauty, charm, and support.

It takes a very special lady to be just that woman. She must be young, she must be beautiful, she must be sexy, and above all else she must love money. That being Megan Hauserman.

Oh please. Don’t hold back. Blog away on that one.

Need more?

I found a CNN article on “Why Marrying for Money Isn’t a Bad Idea” which highlights a book called “Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped into the Romantic Dream—and How they are Paying for it.” This book is by Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake.

The article points out that marrying for money can have pure motivations, considering the fact that bank accounts and debts do matter. Some women want to have a family, stay home with their kids and have a very comfortable life and as this author points out, that takes money.


Would you marry for money?

Did you marry for money?

Would you advise someone to marry for money?
Do men marry for money too?

Blog away!


M. Denise Wilmer Barreto said...

That is hilarious.

I did not marry for money - had the chance possibly (dated a wealthy guy 10 years my senior right out of college) but his emotional unavailability could not overcome the huge bank account.

That said - I can't answer that for others. I've seen it work in some odd couples. I myself - love my career and love to work.

Would I like to hit a jackpot and hang with my kids more? or travel the world over with my honey (and the kids occasionally)? You betcha but I'd still "work".

Yes - men do marry for money as well. With high earning women at an all-time high - I am certain of it. said...

Thanks for the comment M.

The world we live in never ceases to amaze me. The difference between so many things people used to "think" about but never voice have now become mainstream and usually a reality show of some kind. Keep blogging!