Thursday 14 December 2017

Hypnotist Paul McKenna: I chose my wife by Excel spreadsheet

Paul McKenna. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
Paul McKenna. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

Danny Boyle

Paul McKenna, the hypnotist and self-help guru, has disclosed that he decided who to marry by using an Excel spreadsheet.

The 52-year-old revealed the software - normally used by accountants and office administrators - helped him to choose his wife-to-be, his long-time personal assistant Kate Davey.

McKenna, who is worth around £40m, said a friend had pointed out that although he had dated a "lot of beautiful women", he "didn't actually like them".

He was encouraged to "make an Excel spreadsheet" to find out who he loved - and it turned out to be Kate, who has worked with him for 20 years.

The pair revealed their feelings to each other three years ago and are now engaged to be married.

"I've dated a lot of beautiful women," McKenna told the Observer magazine. "A friend pointed out I didn't actually like them, and advised me to make an Excel spreadsheet to find out who I really loved.

"It came down to Kate. We'd worked together for many years; thankfully she felt the same way and now we're engaged.

"I feel I've learned more with her in the last three years than the rest of my life."

Speaking previously about his relationship with Kate, McKenna spoke of the moment he realised he was in love with Kate.

He said: "I suddenly went: 'Good God! I love Kate!' I mean I'm nuts about her. I must be some pervy boss."

Kate, who is in her early 40s, has worked with McKenna for around 20 years - first as his assistant and then as managing director of many of his companies.

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