Today's best news award going to a filthy rich champ who decided to host his own version of The Bachelor in attempt to find true love.
The man, whose identity has been kept a secret, tried to find love by advertising himself as a "Latter-day Saints millionaire looking for his wife" on ten billboards along a highway in Salt Lake City, Utah. And you know what? It worked.
You might think that only a small selection of women responded to this niche marriage proposal, but no. The bachelor managed to narrow his search for a life partner down to 20 women, from over 2500 applicants.
On 7 June, the wannabe wives were driven in limos to a red carpet, where they walked straight into the matchmaking party held at a Utah country club.
While the mystery man was still no where in sight, the women enjoyed dinner while listening to "endearing stories" about the millionaire from his family, one of the women at the event reported.
The single women, who had come from all over the country, were gifted Kate Spade necklaces in "classy boxes with an LED light shining on the heart pendant when it was opened."
At this point, the millionaire's identity was still a secret.
For the big reveal, the mystery man stood behind a white sheet. He then talked about some of his hobbies for a few minutes, which are watching Breaking Bad and eating icecream, while the women fixated on the silhouette wondering what their potential hubby looked like. Then, the sheet was dramatically ripped back to reveal the millionaire, and his appearance received mixed reactions.
"I think everyone's first assumption is, "What is wrong with him?" one contestant, 24-year-old Kady Nettik said. "He was cuter than I thought he would be, and tall." Another contestant was less impressed, saying, "Yeah, he was not (what I expected)."
The bachelor then presented the women with a ten-slide PowerPoint about why they should scramble to date him (besides the fact that he's rich as fuck). He then went on 5-minute speed dates with all 20 of his potential wives.
The night ended with the man going full Bachelor and handing out a single rose to several women he selected to have a one-on-one date with the following day.
The millionaire's identity is currently a secret, as all attendees were asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
The event organiser, relationship expert Erin Schurtz says, “He is going through the dating process with the women he had a mutual connection with and it's going well! At this point, we aren't sure if his identity will be revealed. His intention was never to get a lot of public attention by doing this but rather to do something outside the box to find his match. That said, if he does end up finding his match through the event he might be inclined to share that story publicly. So time will tell!”
It seems that money can indeed buy love.