Would you marry a wealthy, attractive lesbian for $65 million?
If the answer is yes, and you are male, consider taking your studly talents to Hong Kong, where billionaire shipping tycoon Cecil Chao says he’ll pay a king’s ransom to any man who can convince his daughter to ditch her lesbian lover.
The winner of the “marriage bounty” doesn’t have to be rich, just “kind-hearted,” said Chao, 76, who claims to have had sex with 10,000 women and wants his daughter to have a relationship Chinese society will find acceptable.
Same-sex unions are not recognized in Hong Kong, but Gigi Chao, 33, a businesswoman educated in England, “married” her longtime lover Sean Eav recently in Paris.
The ceremony didn’t please pops, who began spreading the word that his daughter needed a “good husband.”
Gigi Chao, who runs one of her father’s holding companies, is a trained helicopter pilot and architect, so she has a lot going for her. She’s also good-looking, so she’s probably had more than a few men ask her out without dad’s help.
In an interview with the BBC she was careful not to embarrass her father.
She said she initially thought the offer was a joke, but soon realized her father was serious.
“It’s an expression of fatherly love,” said Chao, who would not confirm she had been legally married. “It would be inappropriate to contradict my father” publicly, she said.
She said her father’s quest is not a “waste of time” but she is very happy in her current relationship.
As for the initial question in this blog, it seems a lot of men would take that offer. Gigi Chao has received more than 1,500 Facebook friend requests and about 200 emailed marriage proposals.
Her dad has received 100.
The billionaire may be a little nutty, but he’s not going to force his daughter to marry a man.
“Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work,” he said.
She may be a little too devoted to at least one of her parents.