Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Tycoon offers $63-million to any man who marries lesbian daughter

Gigi Chao pictured with her father from an image on Facebook.

Not every parent likes their child's choice in a partner, but this is extreme: A real-estate tycoon in Hong Kong is offering a $63-million prize to the man – any man, anywhere – who can get his daughter to marry him.

Problem is, she's apparently already married: to her long-time girlfriend.

In fact, it seems Cecil Chao Sze-tsung only made his offer after word of his daughter's nuptials leaked to the public. (According to the South China Morning Post, they eloped in the spring to France.)

Story continues below advertisement

Now Gigi Chao's dad is denying the marriage news, and, in an apparent act of (highly questionable) face-saving, going ahead with the so-called marriage bounty.

He reportedly told the Morning Post that the wedding announcement was false – and he just wants his daughter to find a husband. Same-sex marriages aren't legal in Hong Kong – as a CTV new story pointed out, it was only in 1991 that homosexuality was decriminalized.

The dad is open-minded, on the other hand, about a possible male mate for his daughter: "I don't mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted," he said, according to a quote to the Chinese paper, reported by CTV news.

The father, who the report says lives "an extravagant playboy lifestyle," nonetheless would prefer an entrepreneurial son-in-law – someone who needs the right " inducement" (a.k.a. $63-million) to start his own business.

He did, as reported by the Telegraph, offer some praise for the prospective bride in this business arrangement: "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. But Gigi Chao, an architecture grad from the University of Manchester and a director in her dad's company, presents a more modern persona, one less likely to appreciate her father's proposal on how to marry her off to the gender of his choosing. Her Facebook profile states: "Helicopter Pilot. Social entrepreneur. Creator of expressions in colour and emotion."

She is reportedly expressing some surprise at being suddenly swamped with friend requests on Facebook, including, as some of the online commentators would suggest, more than a few wannabe husbands with their own entrepreneurial take on the idea: Strike a deal, "vow" eternal love for the old man's sake, and split the cash.

What do you think of the dad's "marriage bounty?" And more to the point, if you were Gigi Chao would you ever speak to your father again?

Story continues below advertisement

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author

Erin Anderssen writes about mental health, social policy and family issues. More

Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Please note that our commenting partner Civil Comments is closing down. As such we will be implementing a new commenting partner in the coming weeks. As of December 20th, 2017 we will be shutting down commenting on all article pages across our site while we do the maintenance and updates. We understand that commenting is important to our audience and hope to have a technical solution in place January 2018.

Discussion loading… ✨