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Cecil Chao

Born in 1936, Cecil Chao Sze-tsung is a Hong Kong based real estate tycoon and chairman of HK-listed developer Cheuk Nang Holdings. Known for his flamboyant playboy lifestyle, Chao raised eyebrows the world over in September 2012 when he announced a HK$ 500 million bounty to look for a man who could win the heart of his daughter Gigi Chao, who is believed to be lesbian and have married her partner in a civil union overseas. 

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Property heir Gigi Chao has laugh over father's bounty on her heart

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 8:55am


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Gigi Chao, the daughter of property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, said she thought the HK$500 million marriage bounty offered by her father to find her a husband was "quite entertaining".

Speaking in a light-hearted tone, Chao told the Post: "He [her father] has an interesting interpretation of me."

Just a week ago, she was quoted in the Beijing press as saying that she had wed her gay partner of seven years, Sean Eav, five months ago in France.

Although the country has yet to recognise gay marriage legally, it was understood that the two walked down the aisle in a church.

Asked if her father was cross about her alleged same-sex marriage because of his pronounced heterosexuality - having reputedly had 10,000 girlfriends - Gigi replied: "He loves the attention."

As to whether she has indeed been "wed", the 33-year-old said she would neither confirm nor deny the rumours. The same goes for her sexual orientation: "I'm not afraid to admit anything. But I do want to respect my parents," she said.

Chao senior, 76, on Monday denied Gigi had married. The owner of Cheuk Nang (Holdings) then initiated a bridegroom hunt, saying any talented man with a good heart could approach him, and he would pay HK$500 million - or five times as much as the prize money from the Mark Six lottery last week - if he succeeded in winning his daughter's heart.

On the other side of the table, Gigi Chao said she would wait and see. "Sometimes people just refuse to accept what they are told. Let time be the witness."

Eav, the other person involved in the saga, was feeling OK, she said.

Hong Kong is still more conservative than Europe or the United States when it comes to accepting homosexuality. "It's still an uncomfortable issue for many people," Chao said.

Canto-pop star Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, who announced he was gay earlier this year, said he was happy about Gigi's "marriage" and praised her as "courageous". "It's good that a public figure supports the cause. It helps to assure those who are still in the closet, scared," he said.


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As Gigi said, it takes time for people to accept the normality of homosexuality.
Having years of a promiscuous life Cecil Chao Sze-tsung made it sound like a proud achievement and it only serve him right that his heir is a byproduct of his dysfunctional family. Many homosexual children are insecure because of failed relationships or marriages and it's logical to assume this girl has chosen her sexual orientation because her daddy figure is obscured with lies and deceptions. For a man who have had relationship with over 10,000 women ? Raised in this family where women were merely objects to exploit ? Years of bearing witness to womanizing, one would turn homo even if being straight on the inside just to get on his nerve while whispering " Mom, this one is for you!" You reap what you sow and rebellion is payback.
As for Gigi, I wish she had the backbones and guts to face the media of who she is instead of cowering behind his daddy's shadow and playing catch me if you can. Many notable people aren't afraid to admit being gay in HK but she should learn to be adamant and bring closure to this charade. I don't belittle people with alternative lifestyle but dis cowards.
Cecil offering of 500M is a farce, all he has to do is to turn off the financial tab on his daughter and everything will be in line. End of drama.
My son Daniel is the perfect match for Gigi,he is a sweet heart ,kind and gentle,person,it is his nature,he has old fashioned morals,he is an athlete,and he is creative in comming up with inventions, the families origin is isrealite we believe in old fashioned ways when it comes to marrage,we still arrange marriges today in our culture,becuase we know that the parents are better judges of charecter then the children ,we are older and wiser,so we do what is right for our children,we commend you as a responceable father to take charge and doing what is right for your child,my son love children,we love lots of children to be in the family,they are the most precious thing on this planet,we do not like the society that exist in the usa, the chidren have to much freedom,with no restraint,the young people here in the usa are all spoiled,so we have to raise our children with the mind set,that we the parents will give you the choices of who you can or cant marry,we allow them to speak,while we are together as a family unit,we do not allow premarital dating,we want there first expieriance to be remembered,to build a strong bond.we as a people of old schooling and good morals could not except that amount of money from you for marrige,but we have great business concepts that you could advance my son 10,000,00 for developing the business concepts then he would pay you back,every penny,that is the way of our family


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