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Gigi Chao tells daddy to retract offer of HK$500m to any man who will marry her

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 5:59pm
 

Gigi Chao, who recently announced she had married her girlfriend, wants her father, Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, to retract his HK$500 million bounty for a suitable man to marry her.

But he says the "manhunt" is for her own good and will offer her "one more choice in life" other than her same-sex partner.

The highly public exchange via the media, and the flood of proposals from all over the world in response to Chao's offer, have come before the pair have had time to talk it over face to face.

But Gigi still found time yesterday to wish her father happy birthday - he turns 77 today - and to thank him for being "sweet".

The offer by Chao, owner of Cheuk Nang (Holdings), came days after Gigi announced that she had married her long-time girlfriend, Sean Eav, five months ago. Since then, around 1,500 friend requests, proposals and messages have flooded into her social network accounts.

But her playboy father, although sounding stressed, insisted the plan to find her a husband must go on. "It just offers her one more choice in life. She is in charge to make the final decision," he said. "People have been mistaken in thinking that I would pick the man for her. How is it possible? It's not Romeo and Juliet and I won't stop her from seeing anyone."

The overwhelming response has taken him by surprise, but he does not see the need to retract the offer, saying: "We can leave them alone for the time being."

In response, Gigi thanked him and said: "Please wish him a very happy birthday. His baby girl will always find him the most handsome man in the known universe and irreplaceable as a father and love him very much."

However, she gave no hint of accepting any of the suitors.

"I am sure daddy is enjoying being the king, seeing all these handsome men from distant lands beg for his daughter's hand," she said. "I hate to be the one bursting his daydream bubble, but hello, it's 2012."

Hong Kong musician Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, who came out as gay at a recent concert by his group, Tat Ming Pair, said Chao senior was living in an obsolete world. "Using money to change one's sexual orientation and choice of love is an unacceptable way of thinking," Wong said.

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pyklib
Quoting from Gigi's words of wisdom: "I hate to be the one bursting his daydream bubble, but hello, it's 2012."
So the logic is there must be some sort of radical changes in terms of social acceptance or behavior over time to justify the fabric of human evolution. So if I predict in another 30 or 40 years that incest should be considered the new norm of life ? And another 60 to 80 years consensus of the legality of fornication is at the age of 10 ? why not? because its 2032? because 2072?
Where and how far do we draw the line right from wrong ? normal or abnormal?
pyklib
This charade again?
water
Mr.Chao obviously has a very charming, intelligent, and loving daughter. She's a daughter any father would love to have.
But Mr. Chao should allow her to live her life the way she wants. She is not doing drugs, she is not involved in criminal activities, nor is she bringing shame upon the family.
Mr. Chao, don't damage your relationship with your daughter with this silly offer to "buy" her a husband.
End this silliness. Let her live in peace.
pyklib
@ Leikan above"
You said " She is not bringing shame upon the family"
That is debatable.
pyklib
@ Leikan above"
You said " She is not bringing shame upon the family"
That is debatable.
SpeakFreely
You are speaking kindly to Chao. first I think it is very unfair to her daughter. I think Chao is over rating himself of the power of money to begin with, by any standard he is probably not on the Forbes 100 so why boosting how wealthy he is. I am sure Facebook chief mark Z is way more wealthier than Chao and only 26 years old. Actually I would say he is probably the poorest, loneliness, unhappy father in the entire planet needing to spend 500m to get an husband for his daughter who looks nice, pretty, educated, etc....worst is he had not discussed the matter with her.
The other explanation is he is so obsessed with getting attention to try to use this as an news headline. Not bad get covered worldwide for free so far. But not a positive publicity by any standard.

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