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WILD and passionate lovers are much admired by the French meet girls Victorville CA. Wild and passionate entrepreneurs, not so much. Marc Simoncini, the founder of Meetic, Europe's biggest dating website, is therefore something of an outsider. His career has seen more ups and downs than the romances he helps to spark. Mr Simoncini comes from upwardly mobile stock.

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His grandfather was a poor farmer. His father worked his way up the ranks of France Telecom. Mr Simoncini dropped out of college after an internship at a company that worked with Minitel, a pre-world-wide-web online service.

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After a false start he founded Opsion, an IT-services firm. It took him 14 years to repay his debt to his father. Exhausted and disillusioned, he was about to give up when, inhe wrote a computer program that the best Boston Ma to meet someone him rich for the first time.

In a few months he created iFrance, an internet portal that quickly became popular.

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By then the internet bubble was fast inflating. Mr Simoncini had the idea for Meetic during dinner with three friends who had all recently divorced or separated. All griped about the romantic desert. Mr Simoncini decided to help them, and others like flirt Pueblo, for a lark.

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When he lost his dating for free Orleans, Meetic became his job. Vivendi had paid him partly in shares. Mr Simoncini was not much good at being young, rich and idle: he borrowed money using his Vivendi shares as collateral, and even threw cash out of his window when he was bored and depressed.

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Meetic became his lifeboat. In he launched Meetic Affinity, a matchmaking site, which is more expensive. The formula seems to work.

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Mr Simoncini made Meetic dating in Norwich CT of wight the European market leader by buying other dating sites, such as Neu in Germany and DatingDirect in Britain, and by launching Meetic under its own brand in other countries.

Last year he bought the European operations of Match. Next week Meetic is due to offer its service on smartphones all over Europe. If all goes to plan, Mr Simoncini will soon convert his paper dating into cash. If he wishes, he will be able to spend find friends in Pasadena TX for free rest of his life in a deckchair in a pretty resort near his hometown of Marseilles.

Yet he has no intention of slowing down. Apart meetic Meetic, he has invested several million euros in Winamax, a poker website. His partner in the deal is Patrick Bruel, Atlantic singer and professional poker player. He already acts as an angel investor for several young online companies. And he recently launched a television show in which he introduces an entrepreneur in a few minutes every day.

After his spectacular rebound Mr Simoncini feels drawn to philanthropy. Next autumn he will launch a private internet school in Paris.

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His aim is to create an ecosystem for aspiring online entrepreneurs, teaching them the West Virginia chat room free of the trade and perhaps helping them raise capital. Mr Simoncini frets that entrepreneurial success is frowned upon in France.

But he concedes that it has become easier to create a business. There are fewer bureaucratic hurdles than before, and the bursting of the internet bubble has reduced the stigma of failure by making it commonplace.

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Mr Simoncini has not forgotten the lessons of his yo-yo career. This article appeared in the Business section of the print edition under the headline "Lucky in love".

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