CRAIN'S NEW YORK - Jan 3 - Revenue at Lisa Clampitt's Manhattan matchmaking firm, VIP Life, which caters exclusively to men, has doubled over the past two years. She charges each client $12K a year and serves 30 men at a time. In New York City, there used to be three or four high-end players in the industry, according to Ms. Clampitt. “Now there are at least 12.” Lisa Ronis, founder of Lisa Ronis Personal Matchmaking in Manhattan, said her business, with three part-time employees, has grown ~10% a year. Her fees start at $15K for a year of service. “Last year was my best year,” said Ms. Ronis. “My clients are well aware of the recession, but they feel vulnerable now and want to connect in a meaningful way”, she said.
Mark Brooks: The internet dating industry has warmed up millions of singles to the idea of spending money to get help finding love.