Billionaire who offered £40million to anyone who could ‘turn’ his lesbian daughter straight doubles his offer after 20,000 would-be suitors failed

Hmmm. Interesting and apt for our times and climes. I think that while the offer is remarkably tempting maybe the reason no one has succeeded in turning her is because its just not that easy.

I have heard the story of a man who founded a church based on the principle that he could turn gay people straight having successfully “turned” himself, only to confess some years down the line that he was still gay!

There are many things I do not understand. Most technology baffles me. I still have not been able to figure out why I sleep and wake up. Science tells me about the  big bang theory and I am left wondering what triggered it off to begin with. By the same token I do not really understand why two people of the same sex find each other attractive and are able to draw emotional and physical nourishment from each other in a relationship.

That said, I have long made peace with the fact that there are certain things I may never fully understand and its okay. Perhaps I am not meant to.

On a less philosophical note, did someone say there are no male gold diggers?!

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  • Property magnate Cecil Chao now offers  HKD$1m in ‘dowry’ for his daughter
  • Gigi Chao, 34, fended off 20,000 suitors  after the initial offer in 2012
  • She may comply, if it’s donated and he  accepts that she already has a wife
  • Gigi has been married to her long-term  partner for nearly two years

By Sara Malm.

The Hong Kong billionaire playboy who offered  nearly £40million to any man who could turn his homosexual daughter straight,  has now doubled the ‘dowry’.

Cecil Chao raised the reward to HK$1million (£80million) after thousands of eligible bachelors failed to convince his daughter Gigi to marry any of them.

The 77-year-old property magnate insists that 34-year-old Gigi is ‘still single’  despite the fact that she married her long-term partner Sean Eav two years  ago.

Cecil Chao, chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings

Unfazed: Gigi Chao says she is on 'very loving terms' with her father and was not upset by his bounty pledge
Money talks: Cecil Chao has doubled the reward for any  man who manages to convince his lesbian daughter Gigi to marry him, to  HK$1million (£80million), despite the fact that she already has a wife

Mr Chao told a Malaysian newspaper that  despite offering HK$500million, approximately £40million, and 20,000 men  registering their interest in taking up the quest, Gigi is still not in a  straight marriage.

He said that he did not want to interfere  with his daughter’s private life, but that he wanted her to have ‘a good  marriage and children’.

In response, Ms Chao said that although her  wife had been left ‘distraught’ by her father’s interview, she found it easier  to ignore – even offering to comply with the terms, as long as the man in  question donated a large part of the money to charity, and did not mind that she  is already married.

‘I don’t think my dad’s offering of any  amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,’ she  told South China Morning Post.

Definitely not single: Gigi Chao, right, and her partner Sean Eav, have been together for nine years and married in Paris in 2012

Definitely not single: Gigi Chao, right, and her partner  Sean Eav, have been together for nine years and married in Paris in  2012

In denial: Hong Kong billionaire Mr Chao, who claims to have slept with 10,000 women, has refused to accept that his daughter is gay

In denial: Hong Kong billionaire Mr Chao, who claims to  have slept with 10,000 women, still wants his daughter to marry a man – although  he won’t force her
Gigi Chao, the daughter of Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung

Gigi Chao, right, daughter of the Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses with her partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong

Loving daughter: Ms Chao says she does not think her  father is offering the bounty out of evil or spite, but rather that he does not  understand that homosexuality cannot be changed as he is ‘from another  time’

‘Alternatively, I would be happy to  befriend  any man willing to donate huge amounts of money to my charity  Faith in Love,  provided they don’t mind that I already have a wife.

‘Third and lastly, thank you Daddy, I love  you too.’

‘I’m not saying that she’s not okay to be  gay,’ Cecil Chao told ABC News 20/20 in October 2012.

‘I mean it’s her own choice and her  own  tendency, but she should make sure she knows what she wants. Maybe what she  wants today is different [than] what she wants in the future.’

Ms Chao married her long-term partner  Sean  in a church ceremony in Paris in early 2012, but it was not  until news of their  union was printed in the Hong Kong tabloids that her father promised the million  HKD fortune to any potential male suitor  able to walk Gigi down the  aisle.

Ms Chao had already told her father about her  wedding, and said he was ‘surprised and unpleasantly shocked,’ but  urged her  not to make it public.

Deal: Ms Chao offered to comply with the terms, as long as the man in question donated a large part of the 'reward' to her charity, and did not mind that she already has a wife

Deal: Ms Chao offered to comply with the terms, as long  as the man in question donated a large part of the ‘reward’ to her charity, and  did not mind that she already has a wife 

When the plea for a man for Gigi spread over  the world, the offers came pouring in.

‘War veterans from the US, someone  from  Ethiopia, from Istanbul, South America, Portugal, really just from  all over the  world,’ Ms Chao said.

‘One American suitor wrote: “I’m interested  in the offer. I am a male person, who also happens to be gay”.’

Ms Chao, an executive director at her father’s  property  development company, part-time pilot, and founder of anti-poverty charity Faith  in Love Foundation, has maintained throughout her father’s persistent  quest  that she knows he is only doing it out of love and concern.

‘I  understand that he loves me, it’s just  he’s from another time and it’s  difficult for him to understand the plight of  the LGBT.

‘At the office  it’s business as usual. At  family gatherings we hug and dance. And we  just agree to disagree on what  marriage is and family is.’

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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