The rise of the online gold digger – MoneyWeek

“Girlsonthissitecanmeetsomeincrediblyinterestingandpowerfulmen,”saysBrandonWade,thefounder。

Hecheerfullyfendsoffthecriticismthatit’sabitshallow:“Ithinkallrelationshipsstartoffinaverysuperficialmanner。

Humansarecontrolledbygenesandhormones。

Menwantgorgeouswomenandwomentendtolookatmenintermsofhowsuccessfultheyare。



AsLlewellynSmithsays,theideaofgold-diggingishardlynew,andwhilethefeministrevolutionmayhavecausedchasingwealthtobefrownedupon,thewheelhascomefullcircle。

“IntheVictorianeraitwasrespectabletomarryforsecurity,”saysclinicalpsychologistSheilaKeegan。

“Iwasbroughtupinthehippyera,soformetalkingaboutmoneywastacky。

Butnowwomenarejustmorepragmatic。

Greedisnolongerperceivedasabadthing。



OnerecruittoSeekingArrangementisNikkiHowarth,26,fromNottinghamshire。

Aformermodel,shenowrunsasuccessfulevents-managementcompany。

Sowhyjoinup?

“I’vealwayshadathingaboutoldermen,”shesays。

“I’mmatureandI’vedonealot,butguysmyageareallabout‘Here’smynumber,nowtextme’,andthentheytakemetoNando’s。

”She’shadsomehappymeetingsviaSeekingArrangement。

One“reallynice”man“tookmeawaytoafantastic,luxuriousspaintheLakeDistrict。

Iusedtoringhimaboutbusinessandhegavemegreatadvice。



HelenCroydon,34,aLondon-basedwriterwithadegreeinJapanese,joinedSugardaddie。

comfiveyearsago,andlaterSeekingArrangement。

Herexperiencesareallinherbook,SugarDaddyDiaries,which,“dependingonyourperspective”,saysLlewellynSmith,are“ultra-glamorousorsuper-seedy”。

Croydonbelieveswomenliketobe“spoiled”andmentospoil。

AndwithsiteslikeSeekingArrangement(unlikeescortagencies),therehastobeamutualattraction。

Tabloidmoney…thebankofchoiceformoney-laundering



“HaveyouseenthatTVadvertfortheHSBCbank?

”asksRodLiddleinTheSun。

“Itshowsalittlekid,probablyHispanic,doingoddjobstoraisealittlebitofmoney,whichheshareswithhismumintheirhovel。

IsthisrepresentativeofthesortofpeoplewhobankwithHSBC?

Intruth,thekidshouldbeshownfloggingcrackcocainetohisschoolchums,insteadofmowingthelawn。

Ordecapitatingrivaldealerswithamachete,insteadofwalkingthedogs。

Thatwouldbemuchmorefuntowatchandmoreaccurate,too。

“It’sjustbeenrevealedthatHSBCwasthebankofchoiceforamulti-billion-dollarmoney-launderingschemefordrugbarons。

Iteitherknewaboutthisandkeptschtum,ordidn’tasktoomanyquestions,apparently。

They’regreat,aren’tthey,thebanks?

Sogreedythey’llstopatnothingtomaximisetheirprofits–moneylaundering,fraud,gamblingvastsumsonludicrousschemes。

Andtheystillwon’tlendmoneytooursmallbusinesses。





“LatestaccountsforBBCWorldwide,theBBC’scommercialarm,showchiefexecutiveJohnSmithearned£898,000inthelastfinancialyear,makinghimtheBBC’shighestpaidchiefexecutive,”saysEphraimHardcastleintheDailyMail。

“Amazingly,theyalsorevealSmithhastimeforasecondjob–non-executivedirectoroffashionhouseBurberry–whichearnshimafurther£70,000。

IwonderifmoneybagsSmithisonPAYE–orpaidthroughhisowncompanyàlaJeremyPaxmanandanumberofothertopBBCstars?





“Adivorcedmanwhohadhisweddingringmelteddownandturnedintoawitch’shattousewhenheplayedMonopolywaswelloutdonebythedivorceewhohadherstransformedintoagoldenpigtohangonabracelet,”saysKarrenBradyinTheSun。

“Me?

Ifevernecessary,I’dbeveryboringandkeepmineinasafe。

Afterall,Iboughtitmyself。



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