H Kong lesbian appeals to tycoon dad over dowry

2014-01-29 13:04
Gigi Chao. (Apple Daily, AFP)

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Hong Kong - The daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon whose offer of a massive dowry inspired a movie wrote an open letter on Wednesday asking him to accept who she is after he reportedly raised the amount.

Cecil Chao made world headlines in 2012 when he tried to find a man who could successfully woo his daughter, Gigi Chao, away from her partner by offering offered $65m, an offer that a Malaysian newspaper who interviewed him last week said he has doubled.

In a letter to her father published on Wednesday by two Hong Kong newspapers, Gigi Chao said she knows it's "difficult for you to understand, let alone accept" how she could be romantically attracted to a woman.

The tycoon made his offer after he learned his daughter had eloped with her partner, Sean Eav, to France, where they had a church blessing in Paris. While Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality in 1991, it does not legally recognise same-sex marriage.

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Gigi Chao, aged 34, added that "it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being". She confirmed to the AP that she wrote the letter.

She added, "I will always forgive you for thinking the way you do, because I know you think you are acting in my best interests".

Sacha Baron Cohen, the actor behind "Borat", is reportedly working on a movie inspired by the tycoon's proposal, according to Hollywood trade publications.

Cecil Chao, who made his fortune as a Hong Kong property developer, has a reputation for being a playboy with a love for Rolls-Royces. He once claimed to have had 10 000 girlfriends but has never married. Gigi Chao is one of his three children by three different women.

The South China Morning Post, one of the papers that published the letter, reported last week that since her father went public with his offer, she has received "strange" phone calls from would-be suitors, and that most open by saying, "I want to be a billionaire!"

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