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Just over half of the billionaires in our study met their spouses at work. 3) worked for companies owned by Rupert Murdoch (.7 billion), the first as a reporter, the second as a TV executive. There are plenty of other activities that the resolute billionaire hunter can pursue to mix with the excessively prosperous during evenings or on weekends. "You need to move into a rich environment," says Ginie Sayles, a Houston marital consultant and author of How to Marry the Rich.Examples: Melinda Gates was a Microsoft manager when she met Bill at a company press event. And corporate raider Carl Icahn (.7 billion) made Gail Golden, his longtime assistant, wife numero dos. Ambitious Type A billionaires rarely leave their offices long enough to chat up women at bars or to attend a mature singles hayride at their local church or temple. "If you want to be rich, you must live where the rich live, even if it's in an attic." She claims that no matter what your budget, you can find a hidey-hole "within 16 blocks of the big money." By hanging out in a ritzy neighborhood, you'll get comfortable with wealthy people and attuned to what they like.And you'll greatly increase your chances of running into a billionaire at, say, the local Starbucks. Billionaires' expansive estates, urban pieds-à-terre and quaint 30,000-square-foot country homes confront them with the task of covering vast stretches of empty walls and filling echoing foyers with something.That means they are constantly on the prowl for paintings, sculptures and other objets d'art that will do the job. For starters, cultivate a taste for museums and become a member, not a visitor.A seven-figure donation from your beloved to the school of your choice and your kids are in the door, even if they're no smarter than grapefruit. We scoured the how-to-marry-rich literature and talked to society watchers, upscale matchmakers and wealth experts. Unfortunately, those who had already made it to Fat City refused to say how they got there. Fortunately, the ranks of those who are filthy rich, if not quite in the billionaire stratosphere, are increasing daily.And we pored over divorce news to see how spouse No. "I am just not telling," said one billionaire's wife over her cellphone before hanging up. Marrying a billionaire is not beyond your grasp, as long as you're willing to work hard toward your goal. According to Merrill Lynch and Cap Gemini, a consulting company, there were 85,400 ultrahigh net worth individuals (UHNWIs) in 2005, the most recent year for which data were collected.For instance, if you visit Art Scene Cal.com, which covers galleries in Southern California, you'd find that you could view a new artist almost any night of the week.
Forget the fabulous baubles, designer clothing, cutting-edge electronics and palatial mansions that your golden goose - uh, spouse - might heap upon you.There aggressive overachievers compete with one another to donate the most in what Milton Pedraza, head of the Luxury Institute, a market research company that studies the wealthy, calls the "alms race." Now thanks to the Internet, you can ferret out those shindigs.Just type "charity events" and your city's name into a search engine and press "Go." Not all charities are created equal in the hearts and wallets of the superrich.No more working until you drop to ensure a comfortable retirement.And no more worries about where your children will get into college (or how to pay for it). But how realistic is it for you, an ordinary wage slave with no more ties to the jet set than a business trip to Cleveland last month, to even meet, much less marry, a billionaire?