A seven-figure donation from your beloved to the school of your choice and your kids are in the door, even if they're no smarter than grapefruit. We scoured the how-to-marry-rich literature and talked to society watchers, upscale matchmakers and wealth experts. Unfortunately, those who had already made it to Fat City refused to say how they got there. Fortunately, the ranks of those who are filthy rich, if not quite in the billionaire stratosphere, are increasing daily.
And we pored over divorce news to see how spouse No. "I am just not telling," said one billionaire's wife over her cellphone before hanging up. Marrying a billionaire is not beyond your grasp, as long as you're willing to work hard toward your goal. According to Merrill Lynch and Cap Gemini, a consulting company, there were 85,400 ultrahigh net worth individuals (UHNWIs) in 2005, the most recent year for which data were collected.
But just for a moment imagine the life that could be yours if you did.
Forget the fabulous baubles, designer clothing, cutting-edge electronics and palatial mansions that your golden goose - uh, spouse - might heap upon you.
Catherine, wearing a light pink dress with a deep V-neck and matching fascinator, was seen outside the church attending to her two small children.
Work hard, take risks, maybe build your own business. Of course, there's another highly traditional path to acquiring wealth that isn't talked about quite as much these days: Marry money. As in not a mere millionaire (a dime a dozen these days) but an honest-to-goodness billionaire - make that 10 figures after the dollar sign, please.