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Man Sick of Online Dating Has New $25K Idea to Find a GF

Match Jeff Gebhart up successfully and you get a lot of cash—but there are caveats
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2020 10:14 AM CST
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Will the deep-pocketed Jeff Gebhart find true love?   (Getty Images/bedya)

(Newser) – Jeff Gebhart wants a girlfriend, and he's got $25,000 to help him find one. KCTV reports the 47-year-old from Prairie Village, Kan., became fed up with both online dating and more traditional ways of finding a mate, so the entrepreneur hit upon a more novel idea: Offer a whole lot of matchmaking money. CBS Sacramento notes Gebhart debuted his own dating site Sunday, exclusively dedicated to finding himself a new partner, and he'll give $25,000 to anyone who sends the perfect match his way. He'll also sweeten the pot by donating $25,000 to a no-kill dog shelter or charity. "I'm a happy guy with an unbelievable life," he notes on his site, which adds he's been in several long-term relationships but has never been engaged or married. "I don't need a person to 'complete' me, but I'm looking for a person with qualities that will allow us to complement each other."

If this looks like easy money, there are stipulations. CBS News lays out the requirements, including that, for the matchmaker to collect the dough, the person Gebhart is matched up with must date him and him alone for a year. Even then, the cash is doled out in installments: five $5,000 payments over a five-year stretch. If Gebhart and the gal split before then, the matchmaker gets only what he or she has earned to that point. There's also an online quiz applicants will need to take to see if their personalities sync with his. "You have a big number that apply, you put them through a Willy Wonka machine, and the ones that come out are the ones that would be great candidates for me," he tells KCTV. What he's looking for: a lady who's "fun, easy to spend time with ... confident, driven ... and has a zest for life." "The main objective of this is to find the right girl for me, wherever she is," he tells KCTV. (Read more dating stories.)

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