Her first date was at Nottingham’s best restaurant.
’ Howarth joined Seeking Arrangement eight months ago.'In the Victorian era it was respectable to marry for security,’ she says.'I was brought up in the hippy era, so for me talking about money was tacky. 'Greed is no longer perceived as a bad thing, and women are admired for being smart, but not necessarily clever. In the digital era people are used to getting things very quickly and they may think, “Why go through the slog of building a career?'Girls on this site can meet some incredibly interesting and powerful men,’ Wade says. But since the feminist revolution the idea of chasing wealth has been frowned upon; women could make their own way in the world.But the clinical psychologist Sheila Keegan believes the situation has come full circle.”’ Nikki Howarth says she joined Seeking Arrangement, not as a career move, but because she wanted to meet men even richer than her.From Beeston in Nottinghamshire, Howarth, 26 ('I’m getting so old, I can’t bear to think about it!’), is a former glamour model who has posed for magazines like Nuts and Loaded.Now she turns over about £300,000 a year, running her events-management company Eloquent Events.'I think all relationships start off in a very superficial manner,’ he tells me cheerfully. Men want gorgeous women and women tend to look at men in terms of how successful they are .’ Women pay nothing to join the site, while men pay £31 a month, ensuring they are outnumbered 10 to one.Although I hear stories of 'millionaires’ turning up in Ford Fiestas (and 'sugar babies’ turning out to be 55), I’m also told that the site boasts two members of the Forbes Fortune 5000 list. From Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair to Scarlett O’Hara, some of our greatest fictional heroines have made bagging a rich man their quest.