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... Men 'more likely to be gold-diggers' Men 'more likely to be gold-diggers'

21 May 2008

Men are far more likely to marry for money than women are, according to a new study.

A poll conducted by Scottish Widows found that nearly twice as many men would get hitched to a wealthy woman than women would get married to a wealthy man purely for the sake of his money.

One in five men revealed that they have fantasies of being a gold-digger or a kept man this is compared to just one in ten women who would consider getting into a long-term relationship based on their partner's bank balance.

The study revealed that two thirds of women believe they should earn their own money instead of depending on a man.

However, with this feeling of independence among women has also come a worry that they will be too self-sufficient or career-focused.

Mike Hoban, customer and brand marketing director, said: "Our research shows that the tide is turning with so many men willing to be financially dependent on their partner, but it's good to see the surge in women taking responsibility for their own financial future.

"It's more important now than ever to be financially independent so that you don't end up in money trouble, so saving and preparing for the future is the most important goal. It is vital that we are financially savvy, whatever our lifestyle and whether we are in a relationship or not."

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