A woman I knew back in Nebraska came from rich parents. No one was good enough to date her. One parent was a lawyer. The other raised show horses. She was “given” $10 million over the course of her young life. Twenty years later, as woman on the prowl in New York City, she met a man and fell for him. However, his family did not approve of her because “she is only worth $10 million” while their son was worth $50 million in inherited money and she was “too far beneath him” to be considered marriage material, let alone the mother of his children.

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  1. Sounds like a classic case of karma.
    In many ways, the ultra rich are like royalty. They need to maintain their “bloodlines.” In the process, they usually become very insular because their marriage choices are limited.
    It always seems that having a lot of money would be great. In many ways, it becomes a prison for the ultra rich because they have to always be on guard against losing their riches, including limiting their relationship choices.

  2. Sounds like a classic case of karma.
    In many ways, the ultra rich are like royalty. They need to maintain their “bloodlines.” In the process, they usually become very insular because their marriage choices are limited.
    It always seems that having a lot of money would be great. In many ways, it becomes a prison for the ultra rich because they have to always be on guard against losing their riches, including limiting their relationship choices.

  3. Right on, Chris!
    This woman was completely charming when she wanted to be and could be totally icy and cruel with a simple look.
    If she liked you she slathered you with gifts and trips and if she didn’t like you… well… you were not worthy of life in her eyes.
    It is a secret delight to learn she received the same kind of dismissal she had used so often against others she grew up with in the Midwest.
    I have a feeling it will take her longer to recover from her trumping than those she spaded back in Nebraska.

  4. Right on, Chris!
    This woman was completely charming when she wanted to be and could be totally icy and cruel with a simple look.
    If she liked you she slathered you with gifts and trips and if she didn’t like you… well… you were not worthy of life in her eyes.
    It is a secret delight to learn she received the same kind of dismissal she had used so often against others she grew up with in the Midwest.
    I have a feeling it will take her longer to recover from her trumping than those she spaded back in Nebraska.

  5. Excellent comment, Carla! Right on the mark!
    It’s funny how every single comment in this thread gets captured by Akismet as Spam! I have to go in there and pull ’em out and say “Not Spam!”
    I wonder what’s triggering these comments as Spam all of a sudden. Is it because we’re talking about money and “being rich” or something?

  6. It’s official. I am addicted to your blog. You always have an interesting topic.
    As for this one: how pathetic and sad. Marrying for money means you miss so much more. I should know – we are VERY rich with the important things.

  7. It’s official. I am addicted to your blog. You always have an interesting topic.
    As for this one: how pathetic and sad. Marrying for money means you miss so much more. I should know – we are VERY rich with the important things.

  8. Hi Karen!
    Your comment was caught by Akismet as Spam, too! So funny! I guess “rich” is a Spam trigger now! 🙂
    Ooo! I am so glad you’re addicted! We love having you here and I appreciate your comments so much.
    Yes, marrying for money is a sad thing but it is the ditch of the rich as Chris so rightly suggests.

  9. Oh so now you want me to ellaborate 😀
    Great Karma Story (brief version): Man meets woman, gets married, has kid, man raises child, man finally leaves due to several forms of abuse. Woman gets angry and uses child as pawn. Holds everything over man’s head and makes child suffer to make man look bad. Lawyers make LOTS of money. Man and woman get psychologically evaluated…man ends up looking much better. Woman has now made monster out of said child and deals with constant problems. Said child still dearly loves her father and man is happy. Woman…not so happy.
    How’s that? 😆

  10. Robin — Your story is chilling and unfortunate. Now that you’re in the middle of it I’m sure things will turn out much better.
    Carla — You were complimenting me! I guess I got confused by all the little green men. Thanks! I always love good thoughts and I appreciate them!

  11. It amazes me at the many mothers and fathers out there who seem to think if their daughter marries the one who is going to provide wealth, this will make for a wonderful and happy marriage.
    I know of a woman who lives a miserable life, her husband drinks, hangs out with the boys, chase women, and perhaps even abusive at times. She left her husband for a bit over 8 months, but because she could not afford the good things in life which she became use to since she married him, went back to him. Of course he promised he would change, but that has not happened yet. But she claims happiness and drowns her self with many new material possessions constantly. Making sure everyone knows of each new item she goes out and buys for herself while he is out doing his things.
    I wonder how many live such live? I just do not think money and possessions can make a person happy. Perhaps with it, a person can suffer in comfort.

  12. It amazes me at the many mothers and fathers out there who seem to think if their daughter marries the one who is going to provide wealth, this will make for a wonderful and happy marriage.
    I know of a woman who lives a miserable life, her husband drinks, hangs out with the boys, chase women, and perhaps even abusive at times. She left her husband for a bit over 8 months, but because she could not afford the good things in life which she became use to since she married him, went back to him. Of course he promised he would change, but that has not happened yet. But she claims happiness and drowns her self with many new material possessions constantly. Making sure everyone knows of each new item she goes out and buys for herself while he is out doing his things.
    I wonder how many live such live? I just do not think money and possessions can make a person happy. Perhaps with it, a person can suffer in comfort.

  13. I think these parents see money as security for their daughters. If the man leaves or gets sick, the daughter gets the money. If the daughter leaves, she gets the money. They think it’s a win-win situation that will protect her and her children.
    What you suggest about the woman you know is more common than we hope, Jerry. Money can drown a lot of fears and provide quiet comfort in a rotting marriage. If there’s no love to fill you up, fancy things can be the next best thing for some. I don’t live my life that way but I can see how if the only thing you possess and cherish is money then that is where you try to find your happiness. Unfortunately, money can never quite ever fill you up so you are never satisfied with what you have or how much you own.