Too Hypothetically Cheap To Marry?

Dear Snob,

I am dating someone who I think I want to marry. He is great in every

way except this morning when I asked him a hypothetical question, he gave me

totally the wrong answer! I asked, if he was the richest person in the

world, like Bill Gates, how much would he spend on diamonds for my

engagement ring. He said $1 Million. I said I expected $30 M and he said

that was too ridiculous to spend and he wouldn’t do it. Mind you, this is

hypothetical FAKE money. Should I be concerned of his generosity towards


Sincerely, Ginny

Dear Ginny,

Do you know how many millions there are in $45 billion? That’s about how much money the richest person in the world has. The rule of thumb for the engagement diamond is two months salary, or in his case, two weeks’ interest (and I’m being conservative here). $1 million would be the interest he earns on his money every 8 hours. Paris Hilton snagged a $5 million, 24 carat rock from her fiance, whose family fortune is vast but not the wealthiest in the world. You make the call…

Love, The Snob


  1. Classier
    November 6, 2007 / 4:45 am

    Honey he’s a man.

    What do you expect?

    I might be as bold as to suggest that you drop a few not-so-subtle hints about what you would expect for special occasions.

    Good luck.

  2. July 31, 2008 / 7:54 pm

    He probably thinks that $1M is a lot of money. I would say that he’s not really imagining himself with all the money in the world. Its like asking a little kid – how much is a lot? $1M!!!!!

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