Tycoon widower splurges on advertisement seeking wife who is slim, not an ‘idiot’

Published: April 3, 2013

Dinshah Vimadalal

A photograph of the advertisement Dinshah Vimadalal, a retired travel agency tycoon, placed in The Times of India’s matrimonial section in an attempt to find a wife. Submitted photo/The Daily Telegraph



DEAN NELSON
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

An Indian multi-millionaire has spent $23,000 on a full-page advertisement in The Times of India’s matrimonial section to spell out just how rich he is in an attempt to find a wife.

Despite owning a private plane, a sprawling palace, and a fleet of cars and superbikes, Dinshah Vimadalal, 69, a retired travel agency tycoon, has found it difficult to find a partner since his wife died three years ago in a car accident.

After his advertisement appeared in the paper’s Mumbai edition on Sunday, his offer has been the talk of the city. It said he is looking for a slim, childless woman under 40 to share his hacienda in Hermosillo, Mexico.

“You must speak English and have done your basic schooling. I don’t care how much money you have or don’t have … you should have a sense of adventure and the desire to live an exciting life. [You should] be no older than 40 and slim. And please don’t be a vegetarian.”

Vimadalal, who represented India in athletics, left Mumbai in 1967 to fulfil his dream of becoming a pilot in Canada, and later moved to Los Angeles where he set up a travel agency and met his wife.

He told The Daily Telegraph he had searched for a new wife in the U.S., Mexico, and online, but had found only a “bunch of idiots.” Since his advertisement was published he has interviewed 20 potential brides, but found “no serious possibilities.”

“I place a lot of emphasis on the figure. I don’t mind if the face is not pretty but I like a slim figure and the girls who have been very nice had big fat bottoms. I don’t like that,” he said.

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