LOS ANGELES TIMES - As co-CEO of Kelleher International, one of the country's largest matchmaking firms, Amber Kelleher-Andrews, 52, has been pairing off super-rich singles for more than half of her life. There is no minimum net worth required - being able to pay the $300K membership fee is proof enough - but clients must be serious about wanting long-term commitment. Kelleher-Andrews and her mother, Jill Kelleher, who founded the company in 1986, panicked at the start of COVID, fearing it meant the demise of their business. Times of crisis have often translated to an unexpected boom in business for the company. People are reevaluating. The majority of the firm's 800 inquiries a month come from online search traffic, and about a third from referrals. To make the cut, Kelleher-Andrews and her team probe a potential client's finances, education, marital status, dating history, family background and career trajectory, and conduct interviews to gauge commitment and charm. Fewer than 5% are accepted.
by Andrea Chang
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