Well I understand the part about you wanting your daughter to have someone to watch over her and support her, but you can also do that as her parent without marrying her off. Now it is sad to say, but women and men are not as mature as they used to be 100 years ago. 100 years ago, children also worked like adults and by the time they were 16 they had plenty of life experience. Do you have proof this man is so wealthy and how do you know he's telling the truth about looking after her? If your daughter doesn't like her school and you are not satisfied with her surroundings, she can easily be transferred to another school, perhaps a christian school. She is only 16 and might not know what she wants, she may regret this at 18 and need a divorce and way to support a child while others are leaving for college. I know it's great to think she's taken care of, but please consider that no matter how wonderful a man is, a woman needs skills to care for a family too and preferably a way to make income. Who knows if this man suddenly loses his money or dies? She will have no life skills because she couldn't build any. Please consider letting her at the very least finish high school. Now a day, you need a ged just to work at McDonald's and you are doing your daughter a disservice by letting her be so dependent on another person for her own sustenance. I believe your wife is right, she should get some schooling done and have a little experience in working. She hasn't lived much a life by 16, and you're gonna let her get tied down before she even knows how to enjoy herself? She may be 26 one day with a 45 year old husband. She will have enough energy and vitality to go out and do anything and he will be tired and she will get bored. I hope you will consider this and act on your daughter's behalf. She doesn't know what marriage is or what it entails but you do.