Gigi Chao and her father Cecil Chao
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Hong Kong shipping magnate Cecil Chao is willing to pay an outrageous sum of money to see his daughter get married, but there are two major stumbling blocks. His daughter Gigi is a lesbian and is reportedly already married to her partner of seven years, Sean B. Eav, according to the New York Daily News.
Cecil is not deterred though. He is offering a jaw dropping $65 million to the man who can get his daughter to walk down the aisle.
“I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor,” 76-year-old Cecil said. “The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted.”
Gigi Chao (right) with Sean B. Eav. Chao
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Hong Kong in 1991, but same-sex marriages or civil unions are not legal. To get around that, Gigi and Sean, who also uses the name Sean Yeung reportedly got married in France last April.
Cecil refuses to acknowledge that his daughter is married despite many reports to the contrary.
Gigi's Facebook page describes her as a "Helicopter Pilot. Social entrepreneur. Creator of expressions in colour and emotion. A woman that cares to look another in the eye and seek what's behind. Loves to stare at a flower and imagine herself a butterfly."
Gigi is an executive director of her father's company, Cheuk Nang.
So far Gigi, who is 33-years old has received around 200 offers according to The Daily Telegraph.
"People are contacting me on Facebook, by email, on Twitter. It's ridiculous. I can't sort out the serious proposals from the half-hearted ones. I can't make head or tail of it," she told The Daily Telegraph.
Her father Cecil, has never been married himself and claims to have slept with 10,000 women. He says he would never force his daughter to marry someone. He added that the dowry is a way to attract “someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business.”
“My father took a hands-off approach in parenting,” Gigi told HK Magazine, in a 2007 interview. “I see him as a friend more than a father. My parents never pressure me with high expectations.”
Gigi is no longer accepting friends requests on social media because of bombarded with requests.
“No longer accepting Facebook friend requests … sorry,” she wrote. “Where do all these people come from? Jerusalm [sic]? Ethiopia? Istanbul? ridiculous. It’s also quite scary that my friend requests number keeps jumping up every few seconds."
Cecil Chao offering $65 million to find a man to marriage his daughter