Back in the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell starred in the iconic film, How to Marry a Millionaire. Strategies were dated and might not work today, as stakes are much higher. Still, the lure of unearned increment lingers.

In China, women are considering the process of how to marry a rich man a coveted art form that can be learned in class.

The new rich in China when compared to the rest of the world are the newest and the richest. Forbes Magazine listed 64 Chinese among the list of the world’s billionaires.

Jianwai Soho is located in Beijing’s frenetic Central Business District. On the wall hangs the picture of a book entitled: Marry the Right Person.

“When you see him the first time, you should pay attention to the left side of his face because it shows his real personality…The right side is what we call asocial face,” says Shao Tong, relationship consultant.

Capitalizing on the ancient Chinese concept that the face is the window to the soul, Shao takes traditional thinking one step further for her employer, the Deyu Nü Xueguan Company, which is the school for sort of virtuous ladies seeking billionaire husbands.

Shao’s philosophy is that while rich Chinese men might be highly proficient when it comes to judging business people and making deals, they are deficient when it comes to knowing and understanding women.

“They tend to observe their prey quietly at dinner. They observe the way you eat, the food you order and the communication you have with the waiter to judge if you are wife material,” states Shao.

One consultant at the company claims that one woman was so desperate to meet a rich man that she climbed all 30 floors to make the class at a time when all the elevators were out of order.

A maximum of 15 students are willing to invest 2,000 yuan ($ US 306) for 10 hours of classes. One-on-one consulting for two hours costs 600 yuan (about US $ 92).

China today has more billionaires than any other country except the United States.

While riches are wonderful, it should be noted that one who marries for money will earn every cent of it in the long run.






M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.