The explosion in popularity of millionaire dating sites is a cultural phenomena that tells a tale of our times. Many online singles are turning to wealthy dating in order to ensure that they'll find a stable partner in this down economy. But what sort of rich bachelor can be guaranteed to stay stable? The stock investor's fortune hangs by a thread; a plunging Dow Jones can wipe him out. The real estate tycoon just might see his investment disappear in the hail of foreclosures and defaulted mortgages that have triggered so much financial chaos lately. And with all the bank failures lately, are you really ready to bank on a banker?
There's one class of millionaire (and let us not forget - billionaire!) who is often overlooked: the one who made his fortune in the tech industry. Checking the Forbes list of the richest people in the world, we find at least a sizable chunk of them to be tech company founders. Technology companies are still going strong even while other industries are folding up.
The computer geek is a special breed. The popular media likes to portray these people as nerdy, shy loners who don't seem to be much fun. Not at all what visitors to wealthy dating sites would consider a hot profile.
But compare the reality: Oracle founder Larry Ellison enjoys sailing, auto racing, and is a certified pilot, as well as being something of a witty wisecracker. Google co-founder Sergey Brin invests in a space tourism company, and makes regular appearances on talk shows. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth gained worldwide fame in 2002 as a self-funded spaceflight participant, and also owns a jet. Digg founder Kevin Rose has appeared on TV talk shows and even been a game show contestant, and reportedly leads an active romantic life.
All of these are at least millionaires, and some are billionaires, and they all made their fortunes in tech. On top of that, they all fit the stereotype of what you would call "computer geeks", unlike people like Bill gates, who, despite what legends say, actually started out a wealthy heir and bought his way into the tech industry without coding a line in his life. OK, so he's the richest, but real geeks sneer at him for it.
The average computer geek is intelligent, stable, has a great career, appreciates the finer things in life, and makes a fantastic companion. They'll have a wide range of hobbies and interests beyond computers; frequently they may practice martial arts, enjoy outdoor extreme sports like mountain climbing or kayaking, or play at least one musical instrument quite well. They're also rabid readers, fans of diverse genres from Star Wars to Pokemon to Batman, and have at least a good, if sometimes offbeat, sense of humor.
This should suggest two things: stimulating to be around, and the unexpected life of the party. Wives of geeks often note that their mates are satisfying lovers who care about them as people, plus they never turn out to have the issues that destroy so many marriages.
By keeping your eye out for the single geeks out there, you can go one better than finding a millionaire to date; you can find the next up-and-coming billionaire! Think of this strategy as "pick them when they're green". You might have passed by a lone college guy in Austin Texas who was putting together computers and selling them out of his dorm room, but if you do, you just might have passed by Michael Dell, currently worth $12.3 billion. You think his wife is glad she found him?