Vol 9, Issue 21 Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, 2006
A Million Dollar Baby
By Paul Brown
Though it may seem they have it all—a flashy car, a great job with expense account, and a net worth of no less than a million dollars, even the wealthiest of men can get lonely in their hillside spreads. Jet-setting their way to the New York office for an impromptu board meeting or running their own successful companies seldom leaves gay millionaires time to hit the social scene or wade through the ever daunting dating pool.
Enter the Gay Millionaires Club (GMC), a matchmaking service for the well-to-do. Started by Jill Hankoff in February 2001,GMC acts as a “headhunter,” working to find the right partner for the extremely successful gay man. “ Dating is supposed to be fun,” says Hankoff. “That’s where we come in. We date them for you. We find out—based on what you have given us—who is the best person for you. We are in charge of smoothing out the edges.” All GMC clients are men who have a minimum net worth of $1 million.
Hankoff has been actively connecting highly successful, professional gay men since 1994 when she set up an exclusive dining club called the Gay Gourmet at upscale social functions for gay men. “I noticed that most gay guys did not have the time or the desire to go to these parties, though they did want to find a partner,” says Hankoff.“ They all achieved their success during their 20s and 30s and were too busy to meet the man of their dreams.”
Through an extensive search, relationship minded applicants are brought in and prescreened for the Gay Millionaires—a process that is free for the applicant. “As an applicant, you could be a business owner or you could be a dishwasher. It doesn’t matter. Our clients are all different and want different things,” explains Hankoff.“ Our staff meets all applicants in person to get a more complete idea of them and see if they would be a good match for the client.” According to Hankoff, GMC clients are not trust-fund babies, but men who have earned every penny of their fortune through hard work and shrewd business dealings.
Though GMC does primarily have love on its mind, it will also sponsor a team at the upcoming AIDS/LifeCycle 6 in June 2007, a seven-day 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles benefiting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. The team—LovePedalers—aims to raise $150,000 collectively, including the required $2,500per rider. Hankoff is hoping to fill the team with up to 20 riders. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact GMC. With 20 riders and $2,500 raised individually, only $100,000 has to be raised to meet the team goal. “We’re looking for corporate donations or other fundraising opportunities to reach the rest of our goal,” says Hankoff.“ If someone wants to donate the use of their restaurant for fundraising ,we’ll take that. We can use whatever we can get.”
For more information on the Gay Millionaire’s Club, go to www.gaymillionairesclub.com.
Information on the Love Pedalers can be found at www.lovepedalers.com.
Reprinted from the courtesy of the Editors of In Magazine Los Angeles ©2006 In Magazine Los Angeles.