One of Hong Kong’s richest tycoons, Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, made an offer no man can refuse Wednesday: Marry his lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao, and receive a marriage bounty of $65 million.
According to The Telegraph, 76-year-old real estate mogul Chao made the public offer for a “good husband” after a report surfaced that his 33-year-old daughter Gigi entered a civil partnership with her longtime girlfriend in France.
Chao told the South China Morning Post that any man who can steal her heart will do.
"I don't mind whether he is rich or poor,” he told SCMP, according to The Telegraph. “The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted.”
According to the BBC, Chao will not force his daughter to marry a man against her will, however.
Chao, who is one of the most successful businessmen in Hong Kong, said the reports of his University of Manchester graduate daughter’s civil ceremony were “false.” The report said Gigi Chao married her partner of seven years, Sean Yeung (who goes by Sean Eav) in April.
The type of candidate the property magnate is looking for is a talented businessman. According to Chao, the bounty serves as “an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business.”
According to The Telegraph, Gigi Chao is a business mogul too, as the director of Haut Monde Talent, a model management and PR company in Hong Kong. She is also the executive director of her father’s company, Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd., according to her Linked In profile.
“Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks,” her father said. “She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work.”
In 2007, The Telegraph pointed out, Chao told Hong Kong magazine that her father, despite the pressure to marry a man, “took a hands-off approach in parenting.”
“I see him as a friend more than a father. My parents never pressure me with high expectations,” she said.
But now, Gigi Chao “found her father's plan entertaining and would not worry about it until an actual suitor had been found,” according to The BBC.