How Much Is Patti Stanger from ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Worth?

The life of a matchmaker isn’t easy – but at least it pays well sometimes.

At least it does when you’re a reality show television host with a successful matchmaking business geared toward helping wealthy clients find their soul mates. Patti Stanger is well-known for her no-nonsense, tough love approach to matchmaking that sometimes makes clients squirm. But one thing they can’t deny? It often works. That’s why she’s been the guest of honor at so many weddings where she made the initial match.

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Patti Stanger is a true Jersey girl

Patti was born in May 1961 and was adopted by Rhoda and Ira Stanger, who also worked as matchmakers. She grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey and later graduated from the University of Miami.

It wasn’t long after earning her degree that Stanger began working in the dating industry as the marketing director for a website called Great Expectations. But she wasn’t content to work for someone else for long and eventually launched her now-famous business, The Millionaire’s Club.

What is ‘The Millionaire’s Club?’

The concept of Patti’s business was simple. She helped wealthy individuals find love with her unique brand of matchmaking. She knew that most of these rich men and women had no time to find quality dates or were just clueless about what qualities they were looking for. Her exclusive club was an instant success with thousands of clients joining in the first year alone.

As Stanger once said, “successful men in the dating arena needed a private, exclusive club where they could come to find their beautiful and intelligent wives.”

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A matchmaker becomes a reality star

Everything changed when Bravo TV executives approached Stanger in 2008 and offered to turn her career into a reality show. Patti served as the star and executive producer on the hit series which was called, The Millionaire Matchmaker.

The show was insanely popular and had a huge following of people eager to see the millionaires find love. Patti Stanger with her larger-than-life personality and strong opinions became a household name.

How much money does Patti Stanger have?

Between running her thriving business and starring in a popular reality show, Patti Stanger managed to amass a small fortune. TheRichest estimates Stanger’s total net worth at $4.5 million.

‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ controversy

It hasn’t been all hearts and sunshine for Stanger, however. Some show participants described Stanger as, “The Simon Cowell of Dating” – and not in a good way. She’s also been criticized for making controversial remarks, like harshly critiquing potential dates during screening sessions and making harsh comments on their appearance or clothing.

Club members also balk at the strict rules of Stanger’s club. The most famous rule? No sex until they are in a “committed, monogamous relationship.” Plenty of millionaires have gotten kicked out for violating this particular stipulation.

Is Patti Stanger married?

Perhaps the most ironic thing about Patti Stanger is that she’s the queen of making love matches, yet she’s not married herself. She broke off a long-term engagement with fiancé Andy Friedman when the pair couldn’t agree on whether to have children (Patti wants kids, but he doesn’t).

Love life struggles aside, Patti Stanger is no stranger to making love connections, even if she’s still seeking her perfect match.