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'Superficial' woman seeks NY sugar daddy
MICHELLE NICHOLS

Reuters News Agency - The Globe and Mail

October 10, 2007 at 6:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK — A woman's online bid to find a rich husband in New York has caused an
Internet stir, with a mystery Wall Street banker publicly assessing her hunt for romance
as a business deal - and a bad one at that.

The anonymous 25-year-old woman posted an ad on the free website Craigslist.org,
seeking advice on how to find a husband who earns more than $500,000 (U.S.) a year in
New York, where Wall Street bankers can earn bonuses of up to $10-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," wrote the woman, who
described herself as "spectacularly beautiful" and "superficial."

"I dated a business man who makes [on] average around 200 to 250. But that's where I
seem to hit a roadblock. $250,000 won't get me to Central Park West," she said, asking
questions like: "Where do rich single men hang out?"

Recently an apartment at 15 Central Park W. sold for $42.4-million - the highest amount
paid for a single-unit new condominium in New York.

A mystery banker, who said he fit the bill, offered the woman an analysis of her
predicament - but described it as "plain and simple a crappy business deal."

"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!" the banker wrote.

"So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset," he
further said.

"Let me explain, you're 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next five years,
but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35, stick a fork in you!"

"It doesn't make good business sense to 'buy you' (which is what you're asking) so I'd
rather lease," he said.

While the woman has since removed her posting from Craigslist, the ad and the response
have become popular forwarded e-mail both within and outside New York where online
dating has become commonplace.

Major Bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. said one of its bankers had mistakenly been credited
with writing the response.

Brian Marchiony, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase, said the banker did not write the
response and that his e-mail signature accidentally became attached to the ad and
response when he forwarded it to friends, and it then wound up on blogs.

Craigslist was not immediately available for comment, but a spokeswoman told
The New York Times that "it does look as if the post was made sincerely."