A Hong Kong tycoon is reportedly offering a marriage bounty to the man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter.
Cecil Chao announced the financial reward of HK$500 million (US$65m, £40m, â‚¬50m) after his daughter, Gigi, obtained a PACS with girlfriend Sean Eav in France, the South China Morning Post reports.
‘I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor,’ he said. ‘The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted.
He added: ‘Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work.
The 76-year-old shipping businessman also rejected ‘false reports’ that his daughter, 33, had married abroad, and said she was still single.
The owner of property development company Cheuk Nang, the business is listed as an equal opportunity employer but does not have a system in place which prevents discrimination in the workplace.
In an interview with Hong Kong City magazine, Chao’s daughter describes her father as taking a hands-off approach to parenting.
She says: ‘My father is not a player. A player fools around – my father knows exactly what he wants.’
The 33-year-old publicist studied architecture at the University of Manchester and is deeply opposed to cruelty against sharks in Hong Kong.
Same-sex unions are not recognized, and there are no legal protections for gay couples in the socially conservative Hong Kong.
Ray Chan, who recently came out as the first openly gay elected official in Hong Kong, said that he would push for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Gay Star News contacted both father and daughter for comment, but received no response.