Hong Kong tycoon offers $65 million “marriage bounty” to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter

Just a week after 33-year-old Hong Kong socialite Gigi Chao revealed she is married to her female partner of seven years, her tycoon father has launched a public campaign to marry her off to a man.

Cecil Chao, a Hong Kong shipping magnate and property developer, is offering a HK$500 million ($65 million) marriage bounty to the man who captures Gigi’s heart, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday. “I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted,” Cecil was quoted as saying by the Hong Kong daily. Gigi last week revealed she married long-time partner Sean Eav in France earlier this year. Same-sex marriages are not legally recognized in Hong Kong. Her father, the 76-year-old owner of Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd., rejected suggestions that Gigi is a lesbian, and described reports she had gotten hitched as “false,” the SCMP said. Cecil Chao is hardly one to be giving marriage advice: he is known in Hong Kong as the “playboy tycoon,” famed for once claiming to having bedded 10,000 women. Gigi, who runs a modeling and marketing company and is a director at Cheuk Nang, is his first of three children with different women.

A photograph posted on Ms Chao’s public Facebook page confirmed that she and her partner were Paris-bound in April this year. “Going to Paris to buy a few businesses,” read the caption to a picture apparently taken in the first class section of a plane. The Facebook profile of Ms Chao, who is a University of Manchester architecture graduate, reads: “Helicopter Pilot. Social entrepreneur. Creator of expressions in colour and emotion.” It also describes her as an executive director at her father’s Hong Kong-based property firm, Cheuk Nang. Ms Chao’s LinkedIn profile says she worked with British architect Sir Terry Farrell for two years.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Mr Chao denied he would force his daughter to marry a man against her will.

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Could you imagine (Okay well probably your parents are/were not this wealthy), your parents doing anything similar? Do you think this is just gossip? Would you support your child regardless his or her sexual preference?

7 Comments to “Hong Kong tycoon offers $65 million “marriage bounty” to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter”

  1. This is insane :-(

  2. Whether it is gossip or not, marriage bounty to turn your lesbian daughter straight is disgusting. As a mother of a 15 year old, all I hope and pray for her is happiness in her life, whether it be with a man or a woman. Sad and disgusting behaviour in our day and age.

  3. The tycoon said he hoped to help the successful suitor could start a business. The reward was “an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business”.

  4. If I were Gigi I would get married to my best male friend, split the money and say f*ck off to my dad while living happily forever after with my wife.

  5. She should marry whoever she wants. I hope it’s just gossip. She’s pretty.

  6. Haha can we just offer to be his “straight daughter?”

  7. Last week saw the news . Cecil Chao Tsung himself , he was delighted to hear the name of the person you want her daughter gigi itself. Love for his daughter khujamchena people . He says the truth , do not trust anyone . Gigi chao liked my artwork . Myanali terrible in his coloring . I want to marry him at the end . If you are willing to marry me at the moment and at the moment I agreed .

    A man who would prefer to make partner , that partner is talking to me . With which my happiness – sorrow , Items can be shared openly . My favorite things to talk about with whom . With respect and listen to my feelings , from which I can learn something . With that in mind, you can say no, can not proceed with the ever so long together .

    Establish social and sexual relations between a man and a woman in marriage is a religious observance . Are triggered by marriage family . Propagates through marriage and inheritance are also opportunities . Men related to each other by marriage the husband ( partner ) and her spouse ( spouse ) is identified as . A life husband and wife ” marriage ” is as described . Practiced a variety of different religious wedding . Similarly , the institution of marriage in different societies are different . Marriage is essentially a religious practice, but modern civilization is a legal practice .
    I am a Muslim boy . Bisbabasi Who shall tell this to people they like us , love them and have in mind .

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