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