Best Cities in Europe to Meet Wealthy Men

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The Old World was among the first regions in the world to produce pioneers and adventurers. The wave of exploration that took off during the Renaissance not only made way for modern science and technology but also led to political-economic practices like colonialism, which gave many European countries a head-start in world economy. Europe is still the continent where budding entrepreneurs and professionals flourish side by side with family businesses and inherited wealth. Here are thus a few cities in Europe which are great destinations for meeting wealthy men.

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London

London is one of the major financial power centers of the world besides attracting successful people in the arts, academics and various cultural pursuits. In fact the city is usually seen as competing with New York City as the most important location for international finance. This implies a high percentage of the population employed in financial services in London. Apart from finance and media, other sectors like tourism, retail and hospitality are the ones which employ most of the city’s professionals. In London thus you can come upon its successful professionals in its five major business districts: the City, Westminster, Canary Wharf, Camden & Islington and Lambeth & Southwark. Yet another way of coming across rich single men in London is to frequent the areas where they live and socialize. These would be the locations with the best demographic profile and the highest residential property prices like Mayfair, Chelsea, Kensington Gardens, Grosvenor Square, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Covent Garden and Notting Hill. But then again not everybody in London has to work nine-to-five for a living – this is a city that is home to nobility and the aristocracy and thus abounds with clubs where only the richest and the aristocratic are members. White’s, Athenaeum, St James, Caledonian and Clifton’s are some of the most exclusive gentlemen’s clubs in the city. Apart from being a financial and business center, London has always had the reputation of a cultural hotspot as well. thus some of the great ways to meet the really loaded guys would be to drop in at fine dining destinations like Quo Vadis , Gordon Ramsay’s, Murano and Nobu, exclusive theatrical premieres at pricey West End venues and the most expensive movie shows like the evening ones at Odeon Leicester Square or even the upscale halls at Everyman and Electric. Being the seat of British royalty, London also hosts many cultural events with an adequate sprinkling of dukes, earls, knights or their young wards which can also help you rub shoulders with male, inherited title-holders.

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Vienna

Vienna is widely considered to be one of the richest cities of Europe. It has not only one of the highest per capita GDP in Europe but is in fact almost evenly distributed among the population which makes it even easier to meet single and successful men. A significant percentage of Vienna’s economy is made up of the financial services sector. Bankers, wealth managers, insurance providers and investment consultants are here not only to offer advice to the super-wealthy of the city to but to make a pretty handsome packet themselves. Vienna is home to several high-profile multinational companies and international organizations like the OPEC besides having Vienna has the largest number of UN offices after New York, Hague and Geneva. All these factors provide Vienna with a large well-to-do expatriate population comprising of diplomats, lobbyists, economists, scientists, interpreters and related professionals. One of the best ways to come across them is to frequent convention centers and business hotels where most of the international conferences take place. On the other hand in order to make wealthy date-spotting a less of a job, drop in at a ‘kaffeehaus’ which in Vienna is much more than a place to order a cup of coffee. Here people come not only to get their daily shot of caffeine, but also to relax, read a newspaper and partake various types of confectionaries. These are good places to meet successful artists and intellectuals as well as businessmen closing lucrative deals. Among the kaffeehauses which are famous for their exclusive patrons are the Café Griensteidl in downtown Vienna and Café Braunerhof. Vienna is one of the few remaining cities to take pride in its tradition of balls the best known balls in Vienna are usually the haunt of the rich and beautiful of the city even though many from the upper middle class can expect to attend quite a few balls in their lifetime. Among the balls where you can run into the most successful singles of the city are the one at the Hofburg Palace at Heldenplat, the Opera Ball which is perhaps the best known internationally of all the Austrian balls as well as others like the Kaffeesiederball or Cafe Owners Ball, the Jägerball or the Hunter’s Ball and the Rudolfina Redoute

Frankfurt

Thanks to its history as a major trading and transportation city, Frankfurt is today the largest financial center in continental Europe. The pre-eminence of Frankfurt in the financial services industry of mainland Europe is evident in the fact that headquarters of several international banks,  multinational companies in Europe, major international accountancy and professional services firms are located here. Finally the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the oldest and busiest in the continent. All these factors indicate the presence of a large concentration of finance professionals in the city including bankers, investment consultants, hedge fund managers, CPAs and others. The people can be found chilling out upscale bars of the Westend District or frequenting informal business places at the Bankenviertel – the premier financial district of the city Ostend District.Trade fairs and conventions are another useful way to run into successful businessmen and rising entrepreneurs and among the best known ones that Frankfurt hosts are the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung which is a motor show, the Frankfurter Buchmesse or book fair, the Ambiente believed to be the world's largest consumer goods fair, the Achema one of the world's largest plant engineering fair besides several others like Paperworld, Christmasworld, Beautyworld, Tendence Lifestyle. Jimmy’s Bar, Studio Bar O-Ton, The Lounge, Das 21 are some of the hangouts which are popular with the jet-setting club of the rich and beautiful in Frankfurt. Guests with a bent for the classical in music usually head for the Oper Frankfurt which hosts performances by world-renowned operas and ballets while those with a weakness for fine dining can be found to flock at addresses like The Sansibar and The Orion.

Luxembourg

The world’s only remaining grand duchy, Luxembourg is a tiny landlocked country in Western Europe. However despite its size, the state is one of the most economically advanced in the world; in fact according to the IMF, Luxembourg enjoys the highest nominal per capita GDP globally and thus figures as a great place to meet wealthy men. The largest sector of Luxembourg’s economy is composed of financial services, especially international banking. Thus when looking for socializing opportunities in Luxembourg keep a lookout for bankers, investment consultants, insurers, hedge fund managers and other professionals of the countries lucrative finance sector. You have a good chance of mingling with these crowds at the fashionable cafes and diners in the financial district like Rue Goethe, Av J  Kennedy, Cloche D’Or and the Boulevard Royal. Apart from finance and financial services, heavy industry makes up yet another major segment of Luxembourg’s economy and some of the city’s richest men are likely to be industrialists or corporate in the sector. Being a high-income economy and attracting wealthy businessmen from across the world, it is no surprise that Luxembourg is home to some of the most luxurious private clubs and hotels like Secret Garden Club, Hotel Bel Air and the Hotel Albert Premier Ardennes where wealthy singles can be found chilling out in the lap of nature or taking part in adventure sports

Milan

Apart from being the center of the second largest and second-most populous metropolitan area in Italy, Milan is reputed as one of the most cosmopolitan and expensive cities on the planet. It is famous as a hub of fashion, arts, culture as much as for finance and sports in this part of the world. In fact in 2009 Milan was ranked as the tenth best place in Europe for business and finance, according the survey European Cities Monitor and conducted by real estate services company Cushman Wakefield1. The city is the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange also known as the Borsa Italiana and its hinterland is the largest industrial area in Italy. So if you are keen to meet the really rich guys of Milan, get to know the movers and shakers of the finance and industrial sector who can be found frequenting the upscale cafes and bars in downtown Milano - the business hub of the city – or perhaps FieraMilano, which is believed to be among the largest trade fair complexes in the world. But most of all Milan is known the world over as one of the most important centers of fashion and design Milan is home to some of the most high profile fashion brands in the world such as Valentino, Gucci, Versace, Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, all of which are currently headquartered in the city. So if you want to meet the rich and fashionable of the world who fly down to Milan to shop, it would be a good idea to explore Milan's main upscale fashion district is the quadrilatero della moda which literally means the "fashion quadrilateral". Here the city's most prestigious shopping streets  like the Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia are located. then again due to the fact that Milan boasts of a rich culinary tradition, the city is home to several exclusive fine-dining restaurants where wealthy patrons splurge on exotic good; among the best known of these are the Hotel Four Seasons restaurant, ‘La Briciola’, the Marino alla Scala, the Ristorante Cracco, Chandelier as well as Nobu located in the Armani World at Via Manzaoni. Here you can find the super rich of Milan as well as the international jet-setters, nibbling on an aperitivo buffet, campari in hand and dining on creative fusion cuisine.

Zurich

Switzerland is well known one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product. One of the most important segments of the Swiss economy is finance and this is the source of the wealth of the richest guys in Zurich. The strong Swiss currency together with stable political conditions and a long tradition of banking secrecy has made this sector one of the most profitable in the country. Thus when looking for singles in Zurich, it would help to keep a eye for bankers, hedge fund managers, insurers, investment advisors and other kinds of finance executives. Apart from finance, Zurich’s economy is significantly bolstered by the sectors like health services, chemicals, precision machinery and tourism all these imply a thriving industrial sector based on private entrepreneurship. Thus you need to watch out for the budding businessmen or the high-paid executive who not only makes millions in a year but takes immense pride in his work as well. Another great way of coming across wealthy men here would be to head to the skiing resorts like St Moritz, Zermatt and Davos which are the hangouts of the rich and famous. On the other hand if you don’t wish to stir from the city, explore the swankiest bars and nightclubs like Amber and Jade where the rich like to party.

St. Petersburg

Known by various names through history, St Petersburg remains one of the most important political, economic and cultural centers of Russia and thus of a significant part of Europe. Here the wealthiest men can be found among the shipping barons and the captains of industry since the city’s economy has been traditionally based on heavy industry. A few good places to run into these people are bars and restaurants in the main financial and business district of the city where they are likely to have their offices or places of business like banks, convention centers and industrial conferences where the captains of industry are likely to come together. Then there are cultural venues that draw the very wealthy patrons of the arts. A good choice might be the various art museums like the Hermitage Museum as well as the Russian Museum both of which house priceless works of art. Alternatively you can check out the numerous theaters in the city which regularly host operas, ballets and other performances in classical music, especially the world-renowned Marinsky Theater. Or you can find ways to hob-nob with the wealthy men here at their home turf - in St Petersburg, some of the places where the richest live are the Palace Square which is the historic and cultural heart of the city, the elegant avenues of Nevsky Prospekt, the northern side of the Nevsky, the eastern side of the Vasilevsky Island as well as some parts of the New Holland Island which have retained the magnificent architecture of the past.

Stockholm

Ever since the mid-thirteenth century when Stockholm was founded on the south-central east coast of Sweden, the city has been an important economic, cultural and political center in the whole of Scandinavia. This makes it one of the best one of the cities in the northern part of Europe to meet men who are successful and seeking an active social life. In the last decade or so, the high technology sector has emerged as one of the most significant components of the economy in Stockholm. Today the city is home to several high-tech multinational companies like Ericcson, IBM and Electrolux; software experts, engineers and other highly skilled professionals employed by these companies make up some of the best-paid people in the city, among which there are sure to figure more than a few singles. The presence of a thriving software industry also implies techies who begin with start-ups of their own and then go on to earn millions of dollars. Like most of the wealthiest cities of the world, the services industry makes up the largest segment in the economy of Stockholm as well of which the financial services sector is particularly lucrative. the best places to run into these successful professionals would be central Stockholm which is the chief business district of the city, as but there are other upcoming places with important offices and multinational companies too like  the Globe district and the Stockholm Waterfront. Stockholm is perhaps the most important center for research and higher education in the whole of Scandinavia. It is home to a number of universities in humanities, fine arts, science and technology. All these institutes of repute indicate a large presence of academics, professors and researchers, many of whom often draw healthy fellowships and teaching salaries.

Madrid

Apart from being the capital city of Spain, Madrid is also the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Madrid is the financial hub of the country and in fact one of the most important centers of business and finance in southern Europe. Bankers, investment consultants, wealth managers and insurers thus make up one of the most successful sections of Madrid’s population, often taking back six-figure paychecks together with great perks. Many of these professionals can be found relaxing with a drink at upscale hangouts in downtown city which is the financial center as well as other business districts like the Cuatro Torres Business Area and the AZCA Business Park. In recent years tourism, leisure, health, financial and information technology-enabled services have made a significant impact on the economic landscape of the city, bringing in new jobs and pushing up salaries. Thus as you take in the beautiful sights of Madrid and experience its famed hospitality, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the managers and executives of the service sector. Apart from making the acquaintance of a guy who is single, you might also find yourself a wealthy personal guide to make the rounds of this romantic city. Along with its large variety of cultural attractions, Madrid is well known for an active sporting culture which is evident from the way soccer, basketball and tennis are zealously played and followed. The city in fact is home to Real Madrid, one of the richest football clubs in the world; so when in Madrid you can look out for other singles who may be associated with sports in a lucrative capacity like the players, managers, team professionals and even sports journalists who make up in influence what they might lack in paychecks.

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  1. CityMayors Economics - London, Paris and Frankfurt remain Europe’s favourite business cities