I would say that if you make more money, chances that you will have a hotter (and smarter) wife increase up to a certain point. Yet, as with so many things in life, diminishing returns kick in quickly. Also, if you wait too long to settle down, you will be less desirable because a guy ten years younger than you who has about the same amount of money will, ceteris paribus, likely be more attractive to an attractive woman. I think if you, as a guy, settle down in your 20s, you are making a big mistake. Wait until you hit your financial stride, maybe get a solid promotion or two, and then start a family. Most people hit their financial plateau at around 40. The difference between what you make at 25 versus 35 can be quite substantial.
I think that most of us can agree on the previous paragraph, but now let’s take a turn towards an extreme. One of the bigger illusions of the self-help community, besides the belief that every loser will bang top models with “
But then do some research and be amazed. The smarmy former CEO of Google and billionaire, Eric Schmidt, was spotted on Burning Man a couple years ago. He had his sexy mistress in tow. Schmidt is an old and unattractive dude. Even when he was young he wasn’t much of a looker. His chick was a wrinkly hag, roughly his age. You could pick up a woman of similar caliber at your local dive bar without trying. Or think of Jeff Bezos: He has more money than God, and, seemingly, the best he can get is a 50-year old actress. Admittedly, she looks pretty good for her age, thanks to copious amounts of cosmetic surgery and photoshopping. I don’t want to sound too pompous, but, in absolute terms, those women are nothing to write home about. Any guy banging a cute woman in her 20s would not trade with those billionaires. Then there are guys like Bill Gates who married an utterly plain woman. I can’t even imagine that any guy would walk past Melinda Gates, no matter in which year, and think, “Man, I got to hit that!” She’s a solid 4/10. You almost wonder what the point of getting rich is. (Oh, right, for Gates it’s about combatting malaria and hunger in Africa so that those people can multiple in ever-greater number and flood into Europe.)
The more I think about it, the more it seems that the compensatory effect of money has a low upper bound. Schmidt is a pretty ugly dude. Bezos, even the buff iteration, is not much of a looker either. He’s short and pretty unattractive. Among their crowd, others fare better. The founder and CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, had a reputation for banging top models and got married four times over the years, successively replacing his partner with a new model, pun intended. Ellison is pretty good-looking. Yet, I would say that he could have done similarly well with a bit less money.
It’s a fun game to pull up pictures of high-powered CEOs and speculate about how well they would do with the opposite sex. The Indian dude running Google today probably has a net-worth of dozens of millions of dollars. When you watch footage of him, you get the impression that he’s a meek and unconfrontational character, on top of being relatively unattractive. I bet he would strike out against a mere millionaire with decent looks nine out of ten times. The point of all this is that the more I think about the importance of looks as opposed to money, the more it seems that looks win out, almost regardless of money.
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