- Property magnate Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has offered the huge bounty to the man who can sweep his daughter of her feet - even though she is a lesbian
- News of the Hong Kong-based businessman's reward comes after reports Gigi Chao, 33, married her long-term girlfriend in France
As a billionaire playboy who claims to have bedded 10,000 women, Cecil Chao has no doubts about his own sexuality.
Now he is trying to dictate the sexuality of his children too.
The 76-year-old property and shipping tycoon is offering a £40million ‘marriage bounty’ to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter – and turn her straight.
Bounty: Gigi Chao (right) is believed to have married her girlfriend of seven years Sean Eav (left) in France, yet her businessman father has offered £40million to the man that can woo his daughter
Refusing to accept the gay union, he pledged the fortune to any potential male suitor able to walk the 33-year-old University of Manchester graduate down the aisle at a traditional wedding.
Dismissed nuptials: Father Cecil Chao has dismissed 'false reports' of his daughter's lesbian nuptials and insists she is still single
The famously promiscuous Hong Kong businessman dismissed ‘false reports’ of his daughter’s lesbian nuptials and insisted she was still single.
‘I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor – the important thing is that he is generous and kind hearted,’ he said of the ideal husband for his daughter.
‘Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work,’ he told the South China Morning Post.
Same-sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong.
According to reports, the spat between Mr Chao and his daughter erupted last week when she announced at an event in Beijing that she tied the knot with her long-term lover, Sean Eav, five months ago. A regular on the city’s social circuit and in celebrity magazines, Mr Chao has never been married. Gigi is the oldest of his three children with three mothers.
In addition to the dowry, he has also offered to start his potential son-in-law up in his own business.
He said the prize money was ‘an inducement to attract someone who has the talent, but not the capital, to start his own business’.
According to the BBC, Miss Chao said she found her father’s plan ‘entertaining’ and wouldn’t give it too much thought until an actual suitor had been found.
Miss Chao graduated from university in 1999 with a degree in architecture. She went on to work for two years with prominent British architect Sir Terry Farrell.