Man offers $130m to gay daughter's suitor

Man offers $130m to gay daughter's suitor

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A Hong Kong tycoon may double a "marriage bounty" to find a male suitor for his gay daughter, to $130 million, despite his initial offer attracting 20,000 candidates, a report said.

Two years ago, wealthy property developer Cecil Chao made global headlines by offering a reward of HK$500 million ($65 million) to any man who could persuade his daughter, Gigi, to marry.

He is now considering increasing his offer, a report in a Malaysian financial publication said.

The 77-year-old tycoon "hinted this figure could be doubled if someone could capture her heart," The Edge said.

"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.

But this fresh attempt at a financial sweetener for any man who can win Gigi's heart has left her upset and her female partner of nine years Sean Eav "distraught", the South China Morning Post said.

"I don't think my dad's offering of any amount of money can attract a man I would find attractive," the 33-year-old told the Hong Kong newspaper. "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," she said.

Gigi is reported to have married Eav in a ceremony in France in 2012, but same-sex marriages are not recognized in Hong Kong.

Chao's initial dowry offer attracted 20,000 responses worldwide but failed to change Gigi's mind.

She has thus far taken her father's behavior in stride, previously telling a newspaper she believed it was an indication of how much he loved her.

But she told the South China Morning Post she had repeatedly asked him to stop mentioning the financial reward to the press.

British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly working on a film based on the story.

Neither Gigi nor Chao, who owns publicly listed property developer Cheuk Nang, could be reached for comment on Thursday.

Chao is a fixture in Hong Kong high society and regularly appears at public events with his latest young girlfriend. He once claimed to have slept with 10,000 women.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)


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Nelly Min is an editor at China Daily with more than 10 years of experience as a newspaper editor and photographer. She has worked at major newspapers in the U.S., including the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press. She is also fluent in Korean.