Houston ranks 4th in U.S. for eligible millionaires

A new survey shows eligible millionaires are all around us. So where do you find them, and what are they looking for?
November 19, 2013 5:04:57 AM PST
Good news for all you bachelors and bachelorettes: A new survey finds Houston ranks fourth in the country for eligible millionaires, so we set out to find them.

In a city packed with bars full of eye-catching beauties, it takes a lot to turn Jason Gibson's head. The 40-year-old trial attorney is a true Texan, a millionaire and looking for his match.

"There's a lot of good-looking people in this city," Gibson said. "They can get muddy if they need to on a weekend trip or they can dress up in their heels and be the princess on a weekend at a dinner. That's really kind of the perfect woman for me."

According to seekingmillionaire.com, Houston is home to more than 1,000 "eligible" millionaires. Here's how the cities rank:

1.) New York, NY - 4,101
2.) Los Angeles, CA - 2,127
3.) Chicago, IL - 1,092
4.) Houston, TX - 1,038
5.) Dallas, TX - 966
6.) San Francisco, CA - 909
7.) Atlanta, GA - 687
8.) Miami, FL - 653
9.) Las Vegas, NV - 664
10.) Austin, TX ? 543

"They get here and they're pleasantly surprised and that's why they end up staying," said Laurette Veras with H Texas Magazine.

Veras says millionaires flock to Texas and Houston because it's a great place to build and grow business. The healthy economy, coupled with the spirited social scene, is enough to keep the upper crust living here and playing elsewhere.

Just ask Doctor Marjaneh Azad. With two dental practices in southwest Houston, the 43-year-old millionaire typically looks outside the Bayou City to date.

"I'm past that stage of going to the club and being picked up at the club," he said.

So if not in the traditional clubs, where in this city do you snag a quality millionaire?

"A lot of times if it has the word 'club' in it, they like it. So, the Petroleum Club downtown, the Houston City Club, the Racquet Club. You're not going to see them at 24 Hour Fitness," Veras said.

Both Gibson and Azad say they're looking for genuine companions who are interested in them, not their money.

After all, their success is the product of hard work. And it'll take quite the gem to make way into these self-made millionaires' busy schedules.

"If I want something bad enough, I'll make the time," Gibson said.

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