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A reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan to a pretty girl seeking a rich husband

A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum:

Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?

... I'm going to be honest of what I'm going to say here.

I'm 25 this year. I'm very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above.

You might say that I'm greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York.

My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married?

I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you?

Among those I've dated, the richest is $250k annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit.

If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden(?), $250k annual income is not enough.

I'm here humbly to ask a few questions:
1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches are only average-looking? I've met a few girls who don't have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.

4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)

Ms. Pretty

A philosophical reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan:

Dear Ms. Pretty,
I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.

My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I'm not wasting time here.

From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.

Put the details aside, what you're trying to do is an exchange of "beauty" and "money" : Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square.

However, there's a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can't be prettier year after year.

Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It's not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a "trading position".
If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term - same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or "leased".

Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income.This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps.

J.P. Morgan CEO


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Comments (13)

  • Neighbor's picture

    Yeah man this is really old and it's not from the CEO of JPM. It's been posted here so many times I've lost count.

    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

  • In reply to HFFBALLfan123
    lifeofpurpose's picture

    This is so old it isn't even funny...

    i didnt know it was old (nor was trying to be funny).

    do you know where they posted it. I doubt Dimon actually took the time to write it.

  • CaliforniaAssociate's picture

    i heard this story has been translated into many languages with all sorts of versions

  • computerized's picture

    Sounds like one of those old chain mails kids (we) used to send.

  • In reply to lifeofpurpose
    Boothorbust's picture

    This is so old it isn't even funny...

    i didnt know it was old (nor was trying to be funny).

    do you know where they posted it. I doubt Dimon actually took the time to write it.

    Oh really? You DOUBT Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, wrote this? Your skepticism is truly inspiring and insightful. You will go far.
  • TechBanking's picture

    This is slightly different and less funny than the original one, which was from Craigslist. Basically the same theme though...

  • Anomanderis's picture

    Every one of you (apart from the OP of course) must re-post this post in at least 10 different forums each before the end of the day, and you will have 10 years of great luck. If you don't, you'll have 10 years of extremely bad luck.

    But Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought bravely.

    And Rhaegar died.

  • Cromwel's picture

    Well, the observation that not all rich men are married to pretty women is true, but for sure it's not easy to find out how those women did, usually it's pure luck, the other day I was watching a TV program where they showed these kind of women, few of them were pretty, the husbands were at home of course, they were working from early morning to night... The ladies spend their days between the shopping and the gym, the biggest decision they make is ordering the servent what to cook. How to meet such a man that can provide with such a good life? You should be on the right place at the right moment, the probability of that may or may not be higher than winning a lottery.

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  • In reply to Anomanderis
    D M's picture

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