Dating exclusive international

If there is interest on both sides, you’re given your match’s phone number so you can set up the date. The guaranteed minimum number of introductions varies per client, but according to the company, clients usually receive around 8 to 13 introductions within the 13-month active search period.

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Over a period of 6-18 months, you will meet a series of attractive, intelligent, dynamic people, all of whom have been pre-assessed as being compatible with you.

Your matchmaker will become your confidant, consultant and friend who will personally search amongst our network of thousands of vetted singles, honing in on the select few who most closely match you and making a series of one-on-one introductions.

And, as I’m always complaining, everything has become so cloaked in ambiguity, that there are 67 different levels of ‘not being in a relationship’ you have to go through before you’re allowed to call someone your significant other.

So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out Berkley International, a personal dating service for the slightly more discerning patron, it seemed like a nice change of pace.

“People are more discerning now – they care about wealth, family background, DNA,” she explains.

I assume when she mentions DNA she’s referring to genetic disorders, but I’m wrong: “They want to know what their kids are going to look like – they want to know what gene pool they’re going to be in. People put invest in it so they can meet someone like them. The birth of mobile phones, social media, tweeting texting and chatting online have changed human nature. And that culture has spread into the dating world – people want what they want.” The agency is designed for cash-rich, time-poor people who don’t have countless free evenings to spend scouring bars, or online dating sites, for a potential partner – they want to cut to the chase.

As well as being the biggest privately owned dating company in the US, they now have international satellite offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Stockholm, Jakarta, Hong Kong and London.

Kelleher describes its typical clients as “smart, successful and elegant.” Wealthy must also be a given, considering the service starts at ,000 a year. Doing a local search in your area (sort of like Happn, but an ‘elite’ version), will set your back an initial ,000 - and that’s just to find local singletons.

It sounds like a mind-boggling amount of money to me, but with 12 offices around the world and more to follow, they’re clearly doing something right.

Before I get ready to go on my dates, I meet Mairead to discuss my possible matches (Mairead deals with the international business, while the lovely Jo manages the London office and usually deals with local clients).

But be warned - if you happen to find marriage or eternal happiness with your match, you have to cough up again for additional “success fees.” If you think you’ve got a bank balance that can take a beating from Kelleher, the first step is filling out a basic online profile - which asks for your annual income, among other ‘basic’ details.

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