Property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has reportedly upped a previously set ‘dowry’ of HK$500 million to HK$1billion in a continuing effort to find a husband for his lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao, SCMP reports.
“I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,” the socialite said in an interview with the Post after her father announced that he was doubling the “dowry” he offered back in 2012 which lured in more than 20,000 suitors.
“Alternatively, 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,” she said in the interview.
Gigi works as an executive director at her father’s Cheuk Kang property development company and is known for her charity work and for her position as chairwoman of the Faith in Love Foundation. She is also an advocate for LGBT rights and a founding member of the Big Love Alliance.
She told the Post that while her father’s insistence on finding her a husband has not hurt their relationship, the highly-publicized offers have made her partner of nine years, Sean Eav, “distraught”.
“I understand that he loves me, it’s just he’s from another time and it’s difficult for him to understand the plight of the LGBT [community]. At the office it’s business as usual. At family gatherings we hug and dance. And we just agree to disagree on what marriage is and family is,” she said.
Chao reportedly believes that it’s not too late to change Gigi’s thinking because she’s only 33 years old.
“I don’t want to interfere with my daughter’s private life,” Chao said in an interview with Malaysian newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau on January 20, “I only hope for her to have a good marriage and children as well as inherit my business.”
Gigi, who was previously described by the Post as a “reluctant celebrity“, recently released her first collection of short stories, Faith in Love, named after her foundation. In 2012, when news of Chao’s HK$500 marriage offer made international headlines, Danish screenwriters and comedians Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam even wrote a movie script loosely based on the duo’s story. Actor Sasha Baron Cohen signed on with the Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures to take part in the film and possibly play the billionaire father.