Patricia "Patti" Stanger (born May 31, 1961) is an American businesswoman and reality television personality.She is best known for starring in and producing her own matchmaking reality series, The Millionaire Matchmaker, on Bravo TV.
"I am not paid to hide my true feelings," she said.
Her "casting calls" or "recruiting sessions", where she screens men and women, involves her making brutal comments on their dress and appearance.
She told one woman she had a beautiful face but could not meet her millionaire because she was 10–15 lbs overweight.
"I can't do much for women over 45," Stanger said in an interview, "and if they're overweight, it's almost impossible." She told another woman to take off her wig, then suggested she come back after she got hair extensions.
Each episode features her matchmaking two millionaires.
First, millionaire clients submit a biographical video profile on a DVD describing the type of partner they want.
Stanger then meets them individually to better understand their desires and welcome them to the club.
She's been called "The Simon Cowell of Dating" and makes very quick, very direct comments.
The millionaires and 30–40 potential dates first meet at a cocktail party Stanger hosts called a "VIP mixer", where they mingle and the millionaires get to evaluate the candidates.