For over a millennia of its existence, Prague has been one of the most important centers of religion, politics and culture in central Europe. Today as the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague is not only a political and administrative power hub but also an important cultural destination of this part of the continent. No wonder then that Prague is home to successful entrepreneurs and professionals and an ideal place to meet rich single men.
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Get to know the industrial barons
The traditional core of Prague’s economy has been manufacturing. Even though as the capital city of the country, Prague has always attracted the majority of government spending, industrial production has also contributed to the economic strength of the city. Industry is present in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, printing, food processing, steel, manufacture of transport equipment, computer technology and electrical engineering. Other than acting as the headquarters of the biggest national companies of the country – the Czech Airlines for instance, is headquartered at Ruzyne, Prague – the city is also home to the regional offices of several major multinational companies. In fact almost one-fifth of all the foreign investment in the Czech Republic takes place in Prague which only goes to cement the reputation of the city as a major destination of international businesses. If you would like to come across the wealthy singles of the city, make it a point to frequent circles where the movers and shakers of industry converge. Such venues could range from places of business like banks and convention centers in areas like Nove Mestro or the New Town and Mala Strana to leisure recreational venues like restaurants, bars, exclusive clubs and health resorts in districts like the SoNa or “South of Narodni”, Letna, Smichov and the Josefov which used to be the Old Jewish Quarter.
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Explore the lucrative service sector
In recent years, Prague’s economy has witnessed a significant shift from manufacturing to service sector. Financial services, real estate, tourism, hospitality, food and beverages, trade, commercial services and public administration make up the most significant constituents of the service sector; in fact according to an estimate, around eighty percent of the city’s labor force is employed in the service sector. Many of the richest citizens of the country like Marek Dospiva, Radovan Vitek, Lilia Lili and Radka Zacova belong to sectors like financial services, real estate, tourism and insurance respectively. This reveals that the youngest and newest billionaires of the Czech economy are arriving from the services sector of which the tourism is particularly profitable. According to an estimate as much as half of all the money earned from tourism in the country comes from Prague. However even if you cannot strike up an acquaintance with a millionaire on your maiden visit to Prague, make it a point to chat up the staff of the hotels you stay and the restaurants you dine at since if lucky, you could get a useful tip or two on who in the management is single and eager to mingle.
Take a class with the academic big-wigs
Besides being the political, financial and cultural hub of the Czech Republic, Prague is also its most important educational center. The city is home to as many as five public universities of which the Charles University established in 1348 is the oldest university in East and Central Europe. Along with many other private colleges and technical institutes, Prague also boasts of ten public research institutes and four business incubators. Then there are a few large research-oriented hospitals such as the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague or the Motol University Hospital. All these institutions are evidence of a thriving environment for research and development and a large army of well-paid research fellows, professors, academics and scientists. In fact according to an estimate, the nation’s gross expenditure on research and development accounted for 901.3 million Euros or a healthy 41.5% of country's total. Some well-known multinational companies have established research and development facilities in Prague, among which are Siemens, Honeywell or Sun Microsystems. And while the paycheck of the academics and researchers may not exactly match those of the richest bankers and industrialists, the relatively stress-free life and the comforts of a campus existence all make for a great dating experience.
Check out Upscale nightspots
Prague has one of the most exciting nightlife in the whole of Central Europe. With an array of choices in music and spirits, the cocktail and lounge bars of Prague as well as its swanky dance clubs attract the hippest crowds of the city. Bugsy is one of the most popular choices with the swish set since it has a drink to match almost every mood – from the classics to the moderns and from the strongest cigars to the finest wines. Then again there is the Cloud 9 Sky Bar and Lounge, appropriately named because of the incredible view and well-mixed drinks. Nestled in the Mandarin Oriental is the Barego, a favorite haunt of the sophisticated crowd. If however you are in the mood for some unadulterated fun and dancing, you cannot go wrong with the Radost FX, one of Prague’s slickest, shiniest and most self-assured nightclubs. The place has a chilled-out atmosphere which is a mix of Moroccan decadence and Moulin Rouge style. Thursdays are hip-hop nights but on Fridays and Saturdays, you can groove to some of the most enchanting beats spun out by the in-house DJs. However for a trendier destination, head for the Tretters which is a favorite meeting place for the power brokers and the beautiful people of the city. And once you have had enough of this 1930s New York-styled cocktail bar, you can move on to the nearby Ocean Drive for a more relaxed Latin themed leisure.
Frequent Wealthy Neighborhoods
Relationship experts point out that one of the most effective ways of meeting wealthy singles is to live where they do or at least frequent the cafes, supermarkets or parks in the wealthy neighborhoods. In Prague, this would mean districts like the Hradcany where the single most attraction is the Prague Castle as well as the adjacent Hradcanske Namesti Square where some of the richest denizens of the city live. Other highly priced residential areas of the city are the Mala Strana where many of the foreign embassies are located, Vrsovice where many of the expats reside, Dejvice with its rather snooty air as well as Vinohrady which combines the best of city-center amenities, handsome 19-century architecture as well as suburban tranquility.