HONG KONG — The daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon — who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner — said she’s not upset with her father. Still, it’s unlikely she will be accepting any of the marriage proposals flooding in.
Cecil Chao made world headlines this week when he offered the unusual marriage bounty after learning that his daughter, Gigi Chao, had eloped with her partner to France.
Hong Kong decriminalized homosexuality in 1991, but it does not legally recognize same-sex marriage.
Cecil Chao is the chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings and has a reputation for being a playboy.
He once claimed to have had 10,000 girlfriends but has never married.
He’s also known for his love of Rolls-Royces and for being a qualified helicopter pilot, a skill he shares with Gigi Chao, one of his three children by three different women.
Cecil Chao said Friday in a separate interview with the AP that reports that that he has received hundreds of offers from suitors since he made the offer and his daughter has probably had thousands.
He said he’s offering the money because he wants to make sure his daughter has a comfortable life in Hong Kong, which he believes will require a house worth $19 million. The rest of the money can be used for investments, he said.
“Living a comfortable life in Hong Kong, not super-luxury, takes HK$500 million ($65 million),” he said.