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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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Gigi Chao issues open letter to father Cecil Chao to accept partner Sean Eav

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:29am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:29am

Lesbian socialite Gigi Chao has issued a public plea to her property tycoon father Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, urging him to accept her as she is and treat her gay partner as a "normal dignified human being".

A week after her father doubled a "dowry" to find her a husband to HK$1 billion, the 33-year-old has written an open letter to him in which she expresses "regret'' at his inability to understand how happy she is with Sean Eav, who she married in 2012.

Beginning the lengthy and heartfelt letter with "Dear Daddy'', Gigi writes: "I'm not asking you to be best of friends, however it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal dignified human being.

"I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way … I'm sorry I misled you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong. There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me."

Gigi, who hopes the letter will clear up some "misunderstandings", told the South China Morning Post that her 77-year-old father - who once famously claimed to have slept with 10,000 women - is awkward around Eav when they are in the same company.

Several attempts to arrange a meeting between the two have been snubbed by the luxury property development tycoon.

"Daddy's attempts to find me a husband imply that he did not see Sean like every other person. It's quite hard for Sean," she said.

The latest offer of HK$1 billion has attracted 500 e-mails, compared to more than 20,000 in response to his initial offer of HK$500 million. Apart from suitors, many respondents expressed their views on the issue, or cursed Gigi for being a lesbian. Organisations from around the world also hoped to co-operate with her.

Gigi said she hoped the letter would clarify misunderstandings about her father. "He just has a special sense of humour. He wasn't malicious when he made the offer," she said.

"Daddy won't see the comments online saying he is crazy, but as his daughter, I feel I should stand up for him."

She attributes their clash of views on her relationship to a "generation gap".

"We are not enemies and I cherish very much our time together," she said. "We still love each other."



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i will challage you gigi i like you my email rahulsingroha93@gmail.com i want marry on you daughter
why she sent this letter via media??!!! she can tell him her decision without media
my remarks to Cecil Chao Sze-tsung: you, like anything will past, you are insignificant, let your daughter alone and let her live a full happy life, for she will also be a thing of the past. your confucius baggage is out of date and only corrupt your mind!!!
Hi Gigi! You so cool..i like u! my email adihop07@mail.ru or adilkhan.uapov@sinooil.kz i want to married on u...))
What a pity such an eloquent, elegant nice-looking lady doesn't have a kid !
This is a very eloquent letter.
Mr Chao is humourous and very funny. Gigi is as clumsy as she is stupid. That is her own business to be a lesbian, but why is she telling others not to eat shark fins?
is this really a news worthy story.....if I wan to watch a soap opera I will turn on the TV....what a load of rubbish! yawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is the 21st century, no parents should expect their children to fulfill their wishes or expectations. Gigi is doing well on her own and she may as well ignore her dad, and she can do it. The fact that Gigi talks to her dad shows her love - its time for Cecil Chao to show real love.
Psychiatrist world-wide including Hong Kong and mainland China have stated the following:
"homosexuality is NOT a) a disease b) a mental illness c) a perversion "- and- they have all agreed that "homosexuality CANNOT be changed, hence it is NOT a choice but persons are born with way."
I respectfully ask that Mr. Chao have Hong Kong psychiatrists discuss this matter to him.
I would like to add as a lesbian who is happily married in Canada, that my marriage like straight marriages is NOT based solely on sex. The basic of all marriages is love and friendship, trust and caring, companionship. Like straights we plan and carry out ordinary lives - shopping, working.
Parents are supposed to have unconditional love - they gave us birth into straight and gay lives.
I have a website for lesbians, often victims of abuse, violence and murder.
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