What is the modern American man looking for in the ideal mate?
Beauty? Humor? Intelligence? Class? Sophistication?
If money's on your list, and you don't happen to be hegazelle (who is married to the soon-to-be-richest woman in the US, if her savings habits are any indication), then I came across some additions to your little black book tonight.
The article, in Forbes, lists the 20 Most Intriguing Heiresses (many of them single and available, guys). Topping the list is Vanisha Mittal, daughter of Lakshmi Mittal, Indian steel magnate, and founder of Mittal Steel. Lakshmi is worth a hefty $51 billion (yeah, with a "B"). Vanisha has become something of a legend because of her wedding. The weeklong bash, paid for by her father, is reported to have cost $60 million, with performances by pop star Kylie Minogue.
Then there's Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg. She's not only heir to a ton of money ($11.5 billion), she's also a world-class equestrian, vying for a spot on the 2008 US Olympic Equestrian team.
Then there's Hind Hariri, the youngest child of Lebanase construction tycoon, Rafik Hariri, who died in a 2005 car bombing, leaving his fortune to be split amongst his children (and making, for a brief time, Hind the youngest member of Forbes' World Billionaires list.
But here's my point: as neat as it must be to be amongst the world's elitest heiresses, it must also be lonely. Because, truthfully, how many real opportunities are there for Hind Hariri (the young, fabulously wealthy girl) to find a real spouse? You know, one who loves her-not for the money, but because of who she is.
I guess to me it's a bit of a double-edged sword, to be a such a wealthy young lady. To have anything you desire at your fingertips, but to never be sure that the one you love loves you back for all the right reasons.
But then, maybe it's a worthwhile trade.
One thing is certain, any of them are a better choice than Paris Hilton (the only heiress that the American Media seems to care about).