Dr Emil Chynn, a successful New York surgeon, has tired of traditional dating methods, so he’s offering tens of thousands of dollars to whoever helps him find the woman of his dreams.
So what does a person do in order to “outsource” the work of finding a suitable life partner? Well, the latest thing Dr. Chynn did was post an eye-catching personal ad in Columbia University’s alumni magazine. The advert in the Spring 2012 issue of the magazine reads: “LASEK SURGEON: Featured in NY Times/Wall Street Journal. Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, Emory, NYU degrees. Seeks smart, sweet, skinny SWF, 30, for marriage. $10,000 donation to your charity for intro!” The young surgeon says he chose that number because it’s what a good matchmaker in New York City charges, so he the money to charity, instead.
But Chynn is no stranger to matchmakers and dating sites. In the past, he has spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to find that perfect someone to start a family with. “I paid this one matchmaker $10,000, and I dated a girl he set me up with for a bit, but it didn’t end up working out,” the 45-year-old doctor told ABC News. “And that matchmaker was kind of a jerk. So I figured, instead of paying some random guy that money, I’ll narrow my pool and then give the money to charity.” Over the years, he has used six high-end matchmaking services and paid $10,000 several times over, but it didn’t do him much good.
The search for the perfect woman started in 2004, when he was an MBA student at NYU. He began spreading the word that he was ready to mingle, and, “in true business school fashion”, his classmates started asking the good doctor what was in it for them if they found him a suitable date. Ha greed to make the search worth while for his colleagues, and began offering $100 per date for the first ten dates, $10,000 for an engagement and another $10,000 for a wedding. The two larger fees were offered by Emil’s parents, who are desperate to see him married. But this arrangement didn’t work out the way he had planned, so two years ago he placed an ad for an assistant and offered a $10,000 bonus if the person who got the job also managed to find him a wife. he has also paid a woman $100 to write his Match.com profile, and paid a man $100 per woman to correspond with his matches until he got their phone numbers, at which point Dr. Chynn took over. None of these methods worked, but he’s hoping this latest one will.
But what makes Emil Chynn’s dream woman so hard to find? “I have parameters and I can’t be sure I’ll find someone who meets them by going to a bar,” he says. These parameters include: non-smoker, intellectually curious, wants children but doesn’t have any yet, around 30, pretty, skinny and white. It’s precisely these last two that he believes are making the search so difficult. Also, as head of a surgical practice in New York, he doesn’t have the time to go out and look for that perfect someone himself. “I’m busy. I don’t have time to go out to a bar,” Chynn says.
About his latest attempt to find The One, Emil Chynn says “The responses I’ve gotten so far have been so positive, I think I’m going to put the ad in the alumni papers of the four other schools I went to!” Despite all the money he’s spent over the years on these unusual dating methods, Chynn says he’s just a normal guy looking for love in the big city…