The Hong Kong billionaire playboy who offered nearly £40million (Approx. Shs12obn) to any man who could turn his homosexual daughter straight, has now doubled the ‘dowry’.
Cecil Chao raised the reward to HK$1billion £80million (Shsafter thousands of eligible bachelors failed to convince his daughter Gigi to marry any of them.
The 77-year-old property magnate insists that 34-year-old Gigi is ‘still single’ despite the fact that she married her long-term partner Sean Eav two years ago.
Mr Chao told a Malaysian newspaper that despite offering HK$500million, approximately £40million, and 20,000 men registering their interest in taking up the quest, Gigi is still not in a straight marriage.
He said that he did not want to interfere with his daughter’s private life, but that he wanted her to have ‘a good marriage and children’.
In response, Ms Chao said that although her wife had been left ‘distraught’ by her father’s interview, she found it easier to ignore – even offering to comply with the terms, as long as the man in question donated a large part of the money to charity, and did not mind that she is already married.
‘I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,’ she told South China Morning Post.
‘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.’
‘I’m not saying that she’s not okay to be gay,’ Cecil Chao told ABC News 20/20 in October 2012.
‘I mean it’s her own choice and her own tendency, but she should make sure she knows what she wants. Maybe what she wants today is different [than] what she wants in the future.’
Ms Chao married her long-term partner Sean in a church ceremony in Paris in early 2012, but it was not until news of their union was printed in the Hong Kong tabloids that her father promised the million HKD fortune to any potential male suitor able to walk Gigi down the aisle.
Ms Chao had already told her father about her wedding, and said he was ‘surprised and unpleasantly shocked,’ but urged her not to make it public.