Tycoon offers $130m to marry off gay daughter to male suitor

Two years ago, Cecil Chao offered HK$500 million for the man who could win his daughter Gigi's heart. Now he's increased it to HK$1 billion

Tycoon offers $130m to marry off gay daughter to male suitor
23 January 2014

A Hong Kong tycoon is considering doubling his bounty to over a hundred million dollars to find a male suitor for his gay daughter to marry.

Despite his daughter is married to a woman in France, billionaire Cecil Chao is still convinced a man could win a lesbian’s heart.

Two years ago, the wealthy property developer Cecil Chao made global headlines when he offered a reward of HK$500 million ($65 million, €50 million) to the man who could persuade daughter Gigi to marry him.

But now, after 20,000 men offered their hand in marriage, Chao is considering increasing the offer.

A Malaysian financial publication claims the 77-year-old will double the figure to HK $1 billion ($130 million, €100 million).

‘I don’t want to interfere with my daughter’s private life. I only hope for her to have a good marriage and children as well as inherit my business,’ Chao said.

Daughter Chao has not taken too kindly to the fresh offer, telling the South China Morning Post: ‘I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive.’

She added: ‘I would be happy to befriend any man willing to donate huge amounts of money to my charity Faith in Love, provided they don’t mind that I already have a wife.

‘Third and lastly, thank you Daddy, I love you too.’

When the story went viral, Chao was inundated with offers from around the world from potential suitors.

These ranged from George Clooney’s former body double, as well as war veterans and even gay men.

One man wrote every day for five months describing his erotic fantasies about her, and a Mainland Chinese woman offered her own husband.

While she has humored her father for the time being, she has told the SCMP that she has told her father to stop mentioning the offer to the press.

British movie maker Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly working on a film based on the story.

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