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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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My daughter's lesbian partner is not welcome in this family, says Gigi Chao's father as he withdraws 'dowry' offer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 January, 2014, 4:24pm
UPDATED : Friday, 31 January, 2014, 4:46pm
 

The deal is off. For the time being. Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has rescinded his HK$1 billion proposal to find his daughter a good husband, but insists Gigi’s lesbian partner will never be part of the family.

After announcing last week that he was doubling the original deal for HK$500 million, the property tycoon told CNN Television on Thursday that he was retracting the offer.

“Her private life is hers,” Chao said, adding that it didn’t matter whether or not he accepted it. "If this is her choice, then it’s for her," said Chao.

But it seems the 77 year-old Chao is holding on to a glimmer of hope, “If this is the way she wants to be, for the time being it’s all over.” Asked what he meant by ‘for the time being’, Chao replied, “Because she is only 33. Life changes. I mean I changed a lot when I was 33 to now.”

While he said he respects his daughter’s choice, he will never accept her partner of nine years, Sean Eav.

“I don’t have to accept her partner. It’s for she (sic) to accept her partner,” he said. The reporter followed up by asking if he welcomed her partner into the family. Chao replied: “No.”

The conflicted father daughter duo have been once again thrown into the spotlight in recent days after Gigi’s well-broadcast response to her father’s outlandish declaration doubling his initial offer of a dowry, which he first made in 2012.

"I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive," Gigi told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview.

Just days later, Gigi penned on open letter to her father. “In terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am, are not coherent,” Gigi wrote.

Gigi expressed frustration at the way her father behaves towards her partner. “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,” Gigi wrote in the letter which was published in the Post on Tuesday.

In yesterday’s interview, Cecil Chao appeared hurt by the way he had learnt that Gigi is a lesbian, saying: “She never tell (sic) me in person, I saw it on the paper.”

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lighthouse1971
What a stupid old dork.
mercedes2233
If SCMP keeps this story alive any longer, the father will just continue to receive more insults. Does this suit both of you?
GereevaZoika
Dear Cecil Chao. Understand you as a father,but GIGI can understand*HIGHER FORCES * so pleased to accept. For you to choose daughter is a test,for her любовь.Любви alien:wealth,nationality,gender-LOVE--- слепа.Вы seen a very good person,raising such: smart,kind,sympathetic to the pain of others and the needs---PERSON. Gigi is not capricious, not spoilt with luxury and wealth,and sensitive, and merciful. I live below the average,but happy and rich children, I have 5, and my main riches of their health. I am Muslim,and gave his daughter to the Christian,the same to me was not easy to go against their FAITH,the Muslim religion prohibits such marriages,but I could not destroy,crush-LOVE. And you take care of Gigi and rejoice that she is alive and well,as many would agree on *what* you want,only to return those who have not possible for any wealth... And to give birth Gigi you heir, in our age, a lot of opportunities,what is the difference as...Bless their Union and enjoy your life. Understanding and love you. Russia. Nizhnevartovsk. Тюменск.обл. Бадабиева Zainab.
oxymoron14.
LOL Russian spy on steroid ?
philipman2000
What are you on??? None of what you are writing makes sense
GereevaZoika
Уважаемый Сесил Чао. Понимаю вас как отца,но и ГИГИ можно понять,*ВЫСШИМ СИЛАМ * так угодно было,нужно смириться. Для вас выбор дочери-испытание,а для нее-любовь.Любви чужды:богатство,национальность,пол-ЛЮБОВЬ--- слепа.Вы видно очень хороший человек,раз вырастили такого: умного,доброго,отзывчивого на чужую боль и нужды---ЧЕЛОВЕКА. Гиги- не капризная, не избалованная роскошью и богатством,а чуткая и милосердная. Я живу ниже среднего,но счастлива и богата детьми, их у меня 5, а главное мое богатство их- здоровье-. Я мусульманка,а выдала дочь за христианина,мне то же было не легко идти против своей ВЕРЫ,мусульманская религия запрещает такие браки,но я не смогла разрушить,растоптать -ЛЮБОВЬ. И вы берегите Гиги и радуйтесь,что она жива и здорова,ведь многие согласились бы на *что* угодно,лишь бы вернуть тех,кого уже не возможно ни за какие богатства... А родить Гиги вам наследника, в наш век много возможностей,какая разница как...Благословите их союз и радуйтесь жизни. Понимания и любви вам. Россия. г.Нижневартовск. Тюменск.обл. Бадабиева Зайнаб.
aplucky1
oh the man hating lesbians are out in full force defending their hero today
you are all so tolerant as long as everyone agrees with your warped sense of reality
yellow_lynx_cat
So Cecil can sleep with as many women he likes and her daughter loves one woman and it is unacceptable ? Gigi, just give up on your dad and live your own life with Sean!
chanaa
take away the $ & the media circus, its just an old fashion father who cant accept his grown up daughters choices.
time will heal & he will come to accept her & her spouse
14u2nv
Uh oh. Looks like Cecil's finally found out that money can't buy you everything.

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