Good and tempting business proposal anyone?

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 by Rom in Labels: , , ,

I'm sure many of you have already read and known the story below, it's quite amusing
that's why i took the liberty to reprint it in my blog just to let others who haven't read
it have a giggle reading it.
This was an actual post from the Craigslist website with an actual
response from someone who seems to be an investment banker. The
exchange, which has been forwarded many times through email, was
written about in the New York Times. The guy was discovered to be a
top manager in one of the world's leading investment firms. The
identity of the woman has not been revealed.


What am I doing wrong?

Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful
(spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I'm articulate and
classy. I'm not from New York. I'm looking to get married to a guy
who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but
keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City,
so I don't think I'm overreaching at all.

Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives?
Could you send me some tips? I dated a business man who makes average
around 200 - 250. But that's where I seem to hit a roadblock. 250,000
won't get me to central park west. I know a woman in my yoga class
who was married to an investment banker and lives in Tribeca, and
she's not as pretty as I am, nor is she a great genius. So what is
she doing right? How do I get to her level?

Here are my questions specifically:

- Where do you single rich men hang out? Give me specifics- bars,
restaurants, gyms -What are you looking for in a mate? Be honest
guys, you won't hurt my feelings
- Is there an age range I should be targeting (I'm 25)?
- Why are some of the women living lavish lifestyles on the Upper
East Side
so plain? I've seen really `plain jane' boring types who
have nothing to offer married to incredibly wealthy guys. I've seen
drop-dead gorgeous girls in singles bars in the East Village. What's
the story there?
- Jobs I should look out for? Everyone knows - lawyer, investment
banker, doctor. How much do those guys really make? And where do they
hang out? Where do the hedge fund guys hang out?
- How you decide marriage vs. just a girlfriend? I am looking for

Please hold your insults - I'm putting myself out there in an honest
way. Most beautiful women are superficial; at least I'm being up
front about it. I wouldn't be searching for these kind of guys if I
wasn't able to match them - in looks, culture, sophistication, and
keeping a nice home and hearth.

It's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial

PostingID: 432279810


Dear Pers-431649184:

I read your posting with great interest and have thought meaningfully
about your dilemma. I offer the following analysis Of your
predicament. Firstly, I'm not wasting your time, I qualify as a guy
who fits your bill; that is I make more than $500K per year. That
said, here's how I see it.

Your offer, from the prospective of a guy like me, is plain and
simple a crappy business deal. Here's why. Cutting through all the
B.S., what you suggest is a simple trade: you bring your looks to the
party and I bring my money. Fine, simple. But here's the rub: your
looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity in
fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an
absolute certainty that you won't be getting any more beautiful!

So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an
earning asset. Not only are you a depreciating asset, your
depreciation accelerates! Let me explain, you're 25 now and will
likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year.
Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35, stick a fork in you!

So in Wall Street terms, we would call you a trading position, not a
buy and hold , hence the rub, marriage. It doesn't make good business
sense to "buy you" (which is what you're asking) so I'd rather lease.
In case you think I'm being cruel, I would say the following. If my
money were to go away, so would you, so when your beauty fades I need
an out. It's as simple as that. So a deal that makes sense is dating,
not marriage.

Separately, I was taught early in my career about efficient markets.
So, I wonder why a girl as "articulate, classy and spectacularly
beautiful" as you has been unable to find your sugar daddy. I find it
hard to believe that if you are as gorgeous as you say you are that
the $500K hasn't found you, if only for a tryout.

By the way, you could always find a way to make your own money, and
then we wouldn't need to have this difficult conversation. With all
that said, I must say you're going about it the right way, but in
trading terms this is a classic "pump and dump."

I hope this is helpful, and if you want to enter into some sort of
lease, let me know

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  1. Noir says:

    We-el, that guy may be a top manager but his analysis is, obviously, partial and short sighted for his interests. Why? He hasn't seen beyond the "your looks will fade" issue. My resumed analysis, just for fun:
    1. Genes & self-care discipline: A woman may be more beautiful at 35 than at 25.
    2. Sexual bloom: Many women are in their best moment between 30 and 35 years. Both due to hormones and experience.
    3. If that woman is as a nice investment as it seems and the investor looks for more benefits than those equivalent to have a Ming vase at home, her value will rise thanks to other features such as: acquisition of skills in social events, creation of a network of contacts, etc.

    BTW, nice blog!