Though no one has yet identified the would-be trophy wife who wrote the Craigslist post looking for tips on finding a husband who makes $500,000 a year, "because $250,000 won't get me to Central Park West," the author of the awesome rebuttal to the post, which made e-mail rounds last week and which we printed here on Thursday, was believed to be one Rob Campbell, an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Chase. This seemed like a safe assumption — after all, the e-mail was signed:
Diversified Industrials Investment Banking
277 Park Avenue, 16/F
New York, NY 10172
By late last week, Campbell was being hailed across the Internet as a sort of American Folk Hero, giving a voice to exploited, um, rich single dudes across the land. But today's Times article on the kerfluffle seems to indicate they don't exactly feel that way about him at the office.
A voice mail from the paper netted a call from J.P. Morgan's media-relations department, who denied Campbell was the author of the email — probably because “You’re 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you!” does not represent the image the bank wants to convey —. They added that his signature was on it only because he was guilty of forwarding it to friends. The Times then apparently took pity, and concluded that Campbell was probably just an "accidental sexist" rather than a purposeful one, which is probably why they didn't name Rob in the story. Oops, but we guess we just did. Sorry, dude!
Previously: "In Economic Terms, You Are A Depreciating Asset"[NYM]