Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Project Coordinator

Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...

Project Manager (HR)- Bristol - Upto £400 p/day

£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...

Embedded Linux Engineer

£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...

Senior Hardware Design Engineer - Broadcast

£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...

Page 3 Profile: Ed Houben, Prolific Sperm Donor

Who’s your daddy?

A generous and long-serving sperm donor, Ed Houben here claims to be Europe’s most prolific father, with 98 children to his name. First offering his services in 2002, the Dutchman is still contributing at a rate of a dozen donations a year. However, he has revealed that all he really wants is to find The One.

Unlucky in love?

His preference for the good old fashioned approach to babymaking (rather than test tubes and whatnot), as well as his lack of a fee, keeps Houben in good business from plenty of women who are single – as well as in lesbian and heterosexual partnerships. But business is yet to mix with romance.

What would Jeremy Kyle say…

Houben approaches the job in hand with utmost professionalism, keeping track of his offspring from his computer.  “People probably think, ‘Oh he has sex without responsibility’,” he told The Times. “But usually I am the only person people can talk to if it does  not work.”

Any other rules of engagement?

Another USP is that Houben does not insist on drawing up a contract prior to the deal being done, and has documents to prove his exceptionally high sperm count. Living alone in a council flat in Maastricht, he advertises his services on various donor sites.

How does he keep it up?

He is inspired, he says, by “the beautiful hope of creating a new life that will be loved and looked after”.

And if he did find the one?

He says he’d give it all up in a flash. Applications on the back of a postcard, please.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on