Hong Kong billionaire, Cecil Chao, had offered as dowry £40 million to any man bold enough to change the homosexuality of his daughter. 20, 000 suitors after, Gigi the daughter, was not yet convinced and the billionaire doubled the offer to HK$1 billion.
Cecil Chao has doubled the reward for any man who manages to convince his lesbian daughter Gigi to marry him, to HK$1billion (£80million)
He believes his daughter is ‘still single’ though married for two years now to Sean Eav, her long term partner. In an interview with a Malaysian newspaper, he said that all he wanted was his daughter to have a “good marriage and children” and that he was not trying to interfere with her private life.
Gigi Chao, right, and her partner Sean Eav, have been together for nine years and married in Paris in 2012
“I’m not saying that she’s not okay to be gay,” the billionaire told ABC News 20/20 in October 2012. “I mean it’s her own choice and her own tendency, but she should make sure she knows what she wants. Maybe what she wants today is different [than] what she wants in the future.”
Ms Chao however said that, though her father’s quest had left her wife distraught, she chose to ignore it. She even offered to conform to his terms, provided the suitor donated a large chunk of the cash to charity, and didn’t mind her marriage status.
“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 told South China Morning Post. “Alternatively, 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.”
Ms Chao and Sean got married in Paris at a church ceremony in early 2012. She told a ‘surprised and unpleasantly shocked’ father about the wedding and he advised her not to go public about it. After the tabloids in Hong Kong printed about their union, the father promised any potential male that would walk his daughter down the aisle, the million HKD fortune.
Offers from war veterans, Ethiopia, South America, Istanbul, Portugal and from all parts of the world poured in after Cecil Chao made the offer. One of the American suitors wrote: “I’m interested in the offer. I am a male person, who also happens to be gay.”
An executive director at the property development company owned by her father, Ms Chao is also the founder of Faith in Love Foundation, an anti-poverty charity and a part time pilot. She says she knows her father’s actions are out of concern and love.
“I understand that he loves me, it’s just he’s from another time and it’s difficult for him to understand the plight of the LGBT. At the office it’s business as usual. At family gatherings we hug and dance. And we just agree to disagree on what marriage is and family is.”