You may have talked or joked with friends about it, but it's not terribly often that a woman turns down the opportunity to date a wealthy man. Though the benefits of wealth can be obvious, it pays to consider some of the drawbacks of a relationship with a rich guy if only to see how the pros and cons balance out.
Perhaps the most major and obvious advantage in dating a wealthy man is the hope of a secure financial future if you settle down with him. You wouldn't have to worry about the financial burdens placed on couples struggling to earn enough. If you want your own home and children, you won't have to worry whether it's financially feasible or about how you're going to fund a retirement together. Life with a rich partner spells out a life without worries about making ends meet.
Perks and Luxuries
Provided he's willing to be generous while the two of you are dating, and provided you're willing to accept it, you can enjoy expensive perks and luxuries while you're dating. There are few limits to the ways you can spend your time together and the types of experiences you can afford.
Dating a wealthy man often brings changes to your social circle. Whether this change is a perk or a problem depends on you. You might find that spending more time with people of a higher socioeconomic group works for you, but you might also feel out of place if your upbringing seems too different from theirs.
Sometimes achieving a high degree of financial success comes at the cost of being married to one's work. Your guy might habitually put work ahead of his personal relationships and spend more time dealing with his job or business than he does with you. However, this also might be a boon if you're the independent type and like to have your space.
When one partner brings more money to the table than the other, this can create a power struggle in a relationship. One or both of you might feel this way because you can't help but recognize the higher degree of economic power he wields.
You may be accused of being a “gold digger,” whether it's true or not. Chances are good that this might come from him in the midst of an argument, from friends or family or even from strangers. You may not be accused to your face, but people might make this assumption, especially if he happens to be significantly older than you are.
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- "Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work;" Matthew McKay, et al.; 2006
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