SEI Club is a private membership club for financially independent, successful singles. Its members include entrepreneurs, CEOs and high-level professionals.
The club takes a selective approach to matchmaking and has a strict screening process. All applicants are interviewed in person by an executive team member to ascertain their success, education, personality, sophistication and positive values.
1. Michael Bloomberg
As a founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., he is known for his financial data terminals, which are used by financial professionals to trade stocks electronically. He is also a renowned philanthropist and has given billions to various causes, including education, public health, and the environment.
In 2002, he was elected mayor of New York City. As the first mayor to take office after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he made rebuilding lower Manhattan–in ways that would honor all those who died that day–a top priority.
During his third term, he promoted public health campaigns, extending cigarette bans and attempting to bar the sale of large-size sugary drinks. He also defended the controversial practice of stop-and-frisk, which allows police officers to search suspects without probable cause.
2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is a self-made billionaire, a business magnate, philanthropist and inventor. He is best known for co-founding Microsoft, which revolutionized the world of computers.
A renowned mathematician, Gates began learning computer programming when he was in high school. He learned to program in BASIC, FORTRAN, and other languages.
During his high school years, Gates attended Lakeside Preparatory School in Seattle. He was exposed to computers via Teletype terminals networked to a remote server.
Gates was an excellent student and became involved in the local community. His parents encouraged competition and taught him to never give up on his dreams.
3. Richard Branson
Richard Branson is an international entrepreneur, icon and adventurer who has made a fortune by taking risks. He has been credited with developing a unique approach to business, based on cultivating a positive culture that puts people first.
He founded Virgin in 1970 as a mail order record retailer. The company was soon renowned for signing some of the biggest bands of the 1970s, including Culture Club and The Rolling Stones.
He has also ventured into space travel, starting Virgin Galactic, which plans to operate commercial suborbital flights for tourists. But the project has had its share of difficulties. It was delayed several times due to a fatal explosion and other problems, but still has about 600 reservations for future flights.
4. Bill Gates Jr.
Before he became the co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates was just a kid who loved to play games. He also adored reading and had a knack for math.
He attended Lakeside School, Seattle’s top private prep school, and excelled in science and math. Gates developed a love of computers and he wrote a program for a teletype terminal that he used to program a General Electric computer.
His parents thought that he could get more direction and discipline at Lakeside than at public schools. They also believed that he could develop a more productive attitude.
He was a voracious reader, and he loved to spend time poring over reference books. But he became bored in school and was often resentful of his teachers’ efforts to get him to focus.
5. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, the world’s most successful computer company. His inventions, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad, have revolutionized modern technology.
His success came from a willingness to take risks and to think differently. He pushed the boundaries of product design, marketing and manufacturing.
He believed that great technology should be made with aesthetic design in mind. That approach helped him create products with larger cultural ramifications, like the iPod and iPhone.
He also resisted the temptation to produce machines that ran software developed by another company, such as Microsoft. This approach also shaped his management style. He wanted Apple to be in charge of everything it produced, even its software.