THE OLI­GARCHS LOOK­ING FOR LOVE

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

WHEN Rus­sian oli­garchs ar­rive in Lon­don they turn to Rachel Stern and her Jewish dat­ing agency, Si­man­tov In­ter­na­tional, in search of fe­male com­pany.

Stern prides her­self on get­ting to know her clients in per­son, en­abling her to make a com­pat­i­ble match.

Un­for­tu­nately, the clients don’t al­ways agree with her choices. “I had an un­happy client on the phone yes­ter­day who com­plained I al­ways give him 40-year old women to date. He’s a 55-year old Rus­sian, very rich. I told him it’s un­eth­i­cal for me to give him a much younger woman and he said: ‘Do you know who I am?’”

Stern, who is Lat­vian, ad­mit­ted she some­times fights a los­ing bat­tle in which money and looks trump good sense. “Young Rus­sian girls seem to be in­ter­ested in find­ing a rich man, too. They don’t care if he’s old,” she sighed. “They are very short-sighted.”

Rus­sian Jews in­vari­ably look for a Jewish part­ner, though this is not be­cause of fam­ily pres­sure. “They are de­scended from the Shoah so they have the sense that they must pass on their Jewish­ness,” said Stern. “They would like their part­ner to be Rus­sianspeak­ing but their first cri­te­ria is that they must be Jewish.”

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