Men line up for tycoon's gay daughter

2012-09-28 11:00

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong tycoon who offered a $65m "marriage bounty" to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter has been inundated with applications from around the globe, a report said on Friday.

Cecil Chao told the South China Morning Post newspaper that around 100 would-be suitors of his 33-year-old daughter, Gigi, had poured into his office since he went public with his offer on Wednesday.

"People send me letters, e-mails and faxes. I haven't had time to read them yet. I'll have to discuss it with Gigi," he was quoted as saying.

"There are some who said they don't want the money, only the chance to know my daughter."

One of the applicants, a Frenchman, wrote: "I'm really serious and [despite the fact] I am a man I think I can make this woman happy. I'm as soft as a woman."

Another appeared to offer a menage a trois: "I will win his daughter's heart and marry her, and my Maid Marian, a gorgeous Brazilian model, will help accomplish that with me."

In denial

Gigi has dismissed her father's behaviour and all the attention she is receiving as "seriously distracting".

"I am secretly praying for a blackout... so that I can get some peace and quiet," she said, as news of the marriage bounty spread through the world's media from Australia to India and the United States.

Chao announced the financial reward of $65m after Gigi reportedly married her same-sex partner of seven years in France earlier this year.

"I don't mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted," 76-year-old Chao, a wealthy property developer, said earlier this week.

"Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work," he added.

He denies that his daughter is gay or married, insisting she is still single and would make a good wife to the right man.


Same-sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong, a socially conservative Chinese city where homosexuality was decriminalised in 1991.

Chao is well known as a "playboy" in Hong Kong's social circles and regularly appears at public events with his latest young girlfriend.

He reportedly once claimed to have had intimate relations with 10 000 women.

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-09-28 11:08

    WOW. Any parent worth the title would rather donate that money to a charity, and wish for someone who would make their child happy... Bigoted homophobe

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-28 12:21

      spear her zuma...

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-09-28 11:13

    huh??? This brings the term bounty to a whole new level.

  • jameel.patel.39 - 2012-09-28 11:37

    Perhaps Mandingo will have a positive affect

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 11:52

    Challenge accepted.

  • gareth.perkins.52 - 2012-09-28 12:03

    Im going to Hong Kong......LOL

  • henry.mouton.71 - 2012-09-28 12:15

    Send JZ - he seems to be a ladies man. Also needs to feed a huge family...

      Mlungisi Mbilase - 2012-09-28 12:35

      Hey Henry you are so mischievous, why do you make my President a laughing stalk? why don't you offer yourself and get that reward ha-ha-haaa!!! some people die many times before their actual death. Cheers

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-09-28 17:56

      What is a laughing stalk? You and your uneducated president, maybe?

      Mandy Casey - 2012-09-29 00:38

      Stalk sometimes also called spear

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-09-29 09:21

      Stalk vs stock! The struggle continues!

  • bradley.wilson.790 - 2012-09-28 12:31

    Disgusting! In this day and age, how could you sell out your own daughter like that? I realise he must be disappointed that she is not the "perfect mould" he had envisioned in his "perfect world", but she is still his daughter, and she also has her own life. She has not simply "chosen" to be with a woman. Loving women instead of men is part of who she is, and part of her gene make-up. What does this father hope to achieve? Placing his daughter in a situation where she will likely be unhappy for the rest of her life? Shameful and downright selfish! He is only thinking of himself and is oblivious to the needs of his poor daughter.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-09-28 13:02

    I'll Marry her... She can just pretend! We can split the bucks and she can have her girlfriend! bwhahaha!

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-09-28 13:26

      Did a male hating lesbian give me a thumbs down. Come on... could only have been!

  • simon.mwando - 2012-09-28 13:12

    Hong Kong here I come,ready or not!

  • samgaf - 2012-09-29 10:07

    This is one serious dowry for the Guiness Book,wonder if any other tycoon can better the chinaman.

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