The Fortune Hunters

Dazzling Women and the Men They Married

Charlotte Hays

St. Martin's Griffin

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From Madame de Pompadour, the famed mistress of Louis XV, to Pamela Harriman, who married into the English aristocracy and the American plutocracy, there is a rich history of women who have found glamour and wealth in the arms of a billionaire. But what kind of woman does it take to make the Midas marriage? Exploring the lives of the great fortune hunters of our day, reporter and former gossip columnist Charlotte Hays answers this tantalizing question. You’ll learn about the South Carolina woman who took a trip around the world with a shadowy shipping magnate—only to meet and marry a philandering marquis. You’ll see what methods they use to lure their powerful men, including one playful fortune seeker who, at a very high society soirée, hurled a piece of bread at her intended beau, starting a food fight. You’ll meet the New York socialite who remarried so quickly after a divorce, her ex claimed she was a bigamist.

What are their recipes for riches? Can a genuinely nice woman pursue this career? What does love have to do with it? With original interviews and photos, Hays casts a light on the determination, skill, and yes, sometimes, ruthlessness that have shaped some of the most successful—and lucrative—unions of our time.

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“A deliciously scandalous book.” ---Social Life magazine


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Charlotte Hays

Charlotte Hays has been a gossip columnist for the New York Daily News, The New York Observer, and The Washington Times. She is coauthor of Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral and Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch that Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding.

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The Fortune Hunters
Dazzling Women and the Men They Married
Charlotte Hays

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312386108
ISBN10: 0312386109
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
August 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429917438
ISBN10: 1429917431
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white photograph section
$7.99
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