Hong Kong Magnate Promises $65m To The Man Who Can Woo Lesbian Daughter

Gigi Chao with Sean Eav

Property magnate Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, one of Hong Kong’s wealthiest men, has put what has been described as a “marriage bounty” on the head of his gay daughter.

The reward, to any man who can entice 33-year-old Gigi Chao was promised this week as reports emerged that she had entered into a civil partnership with her partner of 7 years, Sean Eav.

In the South China Morning Post, Mr Chao described the kind of suitor he was hoping would win his daughter’s heart, he said: “I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted.” He added that the $65million was “an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business”.

He also claimed that reports that Gigi Chao, who is a University of Manchester architecture graduate, had married her long-term girlfriend were false. However her Facebook profile shows pictures of her and her girlfriend on a trip to Paris at the time that she was reported to be married there.

The mogul’s controversial “marriage bounty” move has caused something of a stir and seems to go against the impression that Gigi Chao gave of her father in an interview in 2007. Back then, Gigi described him as more of “friend” than a “father” and said that he took a “hands-off approach in parenting.” She also said that she was never pressured with “high expectations.”

Mr. Chao’s bounty didn’t go down too well with the newspaper’s readers either. Some commented that it came across as though he was “selling” his daughter whereas others pointed out how “humiliating” the whole experience must be for Gigi and said that he needed to “get with the times.”

The whole story reminded me a little bit of Disney’s Aladdin (obviously missing the homosexual element – but you catch my drift) with the Sultan insisting that Jasmine marry a prince. Eventually though, he came round and hopefully Mr. Chao, who doesn’t sound like a completely unreasonable man, will see sense too and accept his daughter for who she is.

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