Successful Women Trusting Romantic Futures to Professional Matchmaker

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Trend spotters at The Daily Beast feature Premier Match: increasingly, high-powered women are turning to matchmakers to help them find love.

Well-heeled, self-possessed women on a successful career track age 35-55 never leave their lives to chance, so when looking for a relationship with a man in their league they are turning in droves, to matchmakers like Premier Match, . This matchmaking specialist is geared to the very specific needs of these top-tier women seeking either a first marriage after years devoted to career, or to re-marry.

In addition to the increase in successful women seeking long-term relationships, Premier Match has seen a 30% rise in female clients in the 45-64 age category over the past five years, as kids go off to college and divorce rates increase with the age of the marriage.

Yet in cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., where Premier has offices, successful women in the aforementioned category abound and they value discretion. Fear of having profiles hacked and dished to the gossip world has held many successful women back from getting the coaching and matches they deserve (or better defined, “desire”).

Premier Match Founder Christine Nightingale says, “We do get a lot more inquiries from women than men” in New York.

According to the trend spotters at The Daily Beast, which featured Premier Match: Increasingly, high-powered women are turning to matchmakers—some of whom charge up to $200,000 a year—to help them find love. And we’re not talking someone like Bravo’s cantankerous Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti Stanger, who holds cattle calls with random people to set her wealthy clients up with. The new breed of high-end matchmakers is highly selective, running background checks not just on clients but potential dates, and they say they accept, at the most, 25 percent of potential clients, the majority of whom are women.

Research by Premier Match has found key reasons couples in the 45-65 age group are experiencing divorce.

The three key reasons for their divorce

  •         Empty nest
  •      Drifting apart romantically; passion is completely lost
  •      Changing values, interests in life; different views about goals

Three reasons for seeking a professional match making assist

  •      Social circles are a lot more limiting than they are with younger singles.
  •      Singles scenes don’t guarantee quality selection.
  •      Many divorcing after 20+ years feel displaced in a dating scene, uncomfortable with the whole "dating/courting" situation, but ready to get out there to meet new prospects.

Premier Match was founded in 2000 by Christie Nightingale in New York City. Since then, Nightingale has interviewed thousands of single people throughout the east coast and around the country and has grown the company to include fully staffed offices in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Her database to now includes well over 10,000 members.

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