Cecil Chao, a Hong Kong billionaire who made headlines last year when he offered $65 million to any man who could win the love of his daughter, and convert her from being a lesbian, has upped the ante.
Chao has reportedly doubled his offer after his daughter, Gigi Chao, reportedly eloped with her partner of seven years in France.
“It all came about because of some gossip magazine people," said Chao. "They called me saying my daughter had got married in Paris. I was shocked. Gigi is still young and beautiful. She has 70% of her life to go. I would not force her to marry a man. But obviously I would, from my point of view, prefer her to be married and to have grandchildren,” he continued.
For her part, Gigi seems to be taking it all in stride. “I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive," Chao stated. “I would be happy to befriend any man willing to donate huge amounts of money to my charity Faith in Love, provided they don't mind that I already have a wife. Third and lastly, thank you Daddy, I love you too.”
Her partner, Sean Eav, is less amused. "My partner Sean is upset about the public’s reaction," she told HK magazine. "She tries to brush it off most of the time, but she’s quite upset. For every relationship, it’s not really just a one-sided thing. For Sean, she is getting over a lot of emotional issues that she has with my parents.”
"It requires a lot of patience and commitment to make a relationship work -- not just in romantic relationships, but within the family as well. Dealing with conflicting opinions is just a reflection of how you deal with conflicting opinions within yourself" she concluded.
Chao’s initial offer of $65 million attracted nearly 20,000 interested men.
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