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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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'Applications' coming in thick and fast for tycoon's daughter

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 September, 2012, 4:26pm


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Tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung says "applications" have flooded in from around the world since he put up a HK$500 million bounty to find a man to win the heart of his daughter, Gigi.

"People send me letters, e-mails and faxes," Chao told the Post. He has received about 100 applications. "I haven't had time to read them yet. I'll have to discuss it with Gigi."

The property mogul has been at the centre of worldwide attention and had to field a flurry of résumés and photographs since launching the search for a man for Gigi earlier this week, after reports that his daughter had wed her lesbian partner.

"There are some who said they don't want the money, only the chance to know my daughter," the playboy said, adding that there were some handsome guys in the pile.

Chao, who has never married and famously boasts of bedding 10,000 women, came up with the offer after reports emerged that his 33-year-old daughter had entered into a civil "marriage" with same-sex partner Sean Eav in France. Chao insisted his daughter was not gay and put up the reward to find the right man for her.

Chao said half of the applications are from overseas - NBC News, Agence France-Presse, Britain's Telegraph, The Australian and The Times of India among others have quoted the Post's report.

Gigi, who has declined to confirm that she is gay or that she entered a civil union with Eav, is at the centre of a storm.

"In addition to more than 1,500 Facebook friend requests, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ followers, I am also getting so many e-mail marriage proposals it's seriously distracting," the socialite said. "Even my friend from Denmark has read the news there. I am secretly praying for a blackout … so that I can get some peace and quiet."

The Post has also fielded e-mail requests. A Frenchman, 38, wrote: "I'm really serious and [despite the fact] I am a man I think I can make this woman happy, I'm as soft as a woman."

Another internet user, going by the name Robin Hood 702, wrote: "I will win his daughter's heart and marry her, and my Maid Marian, a gorgeous Brazilian model, will help accomplish that with me."


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She looks gorgeous, intelligent and was described by his father as a kind person, but couldn't find a husband? That's why money can't buy love. I feel sorry for her indeed. But I would like to suggest Mr. Chao to increase the bounty as $500m is no match to get a Fung Sui master boyfriend.....sorry.
Next time he should co-operate with TVB or ATV to make the reality show. There would be much $$$s to make :)
I hope one day he understands money can't bring happiness nor can make everything possible. I feel sorry for him. At least he should had done this thru headhunters looking for candidates quietly without embarrassing her daughter.
You feel sorry for him? I feel sorry for her! She's a grown woman who can choose what to do with her own life without "help" from dear old dad.
10000 Girl friends wih out WEDDING/ what age limit ?/ any laws in HKSAR /its normal tradition for ..........?
But if these 10,000 girls slept with another 5 men each before meeting Mr. Chao, implies Mr. Chao indirectly slept with 50,000 men, what a record! Btw, he is quite cheap, why? Robert Reford in a movie, forgot the name, paid us$1m for one night. If he was paying that kind of money, it would had costed him us$10b and I know for sure he doesn't have that much money. Sorry Mr. Chao.


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