Dating a banker anoymous
Now, many Wall Street wives, girlfriends and, increasingly, exes, are living the curse of cutbacks in nanny hours and reservations at Masa or Megu. There’s been a flurry of dating debates about whether bankers should date each other (see links below to Business Oasis, Business Insider,and the like). Don’t worry, I’m not about to go all Carrie Bradshaw on you, so if you’re worried this will turn into a paean to past paramours, fear not. Which admittedly adds a little frisson to the whole affair, but let’s not run away with ourselves. And even the most high-flying, cash-raking multi-squillionaire banker can’t quite shake off the profession’s prosaic connotations. But the truth is, the IB and his ilk were paid a stomach-curdling fortune to while away the best years of their lives at the beck and call of Mammon. See, the way things have gone for bankers of late, I feel a bit like I stepped out with Satan. Don’t get me started on the hair conditioner.) The point is, if money is the root of all evil, bankers were its boom-time shoots. In my defence, I did so before the bottom fell out of the banking system and bankers the world over were suddenly out of favour, and long before the services of Dating A Banker Anonymous, a purported support group recently set up online for girlfriends of bankers coping with the downsizing of their bling-ed lives post-economic crash, were required.This is part of what makes it so bizarre when bankers become the villains in our national consciousness: er, bankers? Yet within the banking catch-all, there are grades of evil too, and though bankers are bad and currently the popular choice as The Ones That Got Us Into This Mess, investment bankers are truly the devil incarnate. Then they lost it all spectacularly, overnight, and ended up on Wanted posters all across town.
But tomorrow night financiers can book an appointment with dating guru and Social Concierge founder Nana Wereko-Brobby at Canada Square’s Parlour bar for some no holds barred advice on finding “the one”.
Perhaps most especially on “Wall Street,” status, perceptions and stereotypes prevail so it’s a good microcosm from which to examine our blocks to love, on either front.
And as Mother Teresa once said, ‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them.’ So let’s start there.
"One of his best friends told me that my job is now to keep him calm and keep him from dying at the age of 35. Had the nature of the blog been made clear at the outset, the article would have described it accordingly, not as a support group.
“It’s not what I signed up for.” The general idea: Once it was seen as a blessing in certain circles to have a wealthy, powerful partner who would leave you alone with the credit card while he was busy brokering deals.