It’s embarrassing enough when your mom wants to set you up with the grandson of a woman she met at the synagogue sisterhood meeting. So just imagine if your dad offered a bounty for your hand in marriage so you could finally land a man. Oh, you’re also a lesbian.
This has been the reality for Gigi Chao, 33, daughter of Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, for some time now.
Last year Chao’s father offered approximately $60 million U.S. to a man who would marry her, even though Gigi is openly in a relationship with a woman named Sean Eav (pictured together above, Chao on right). Cecil Chao received 20,000 offers at the time, but he didn’t go for any of them. He’s both incredibly desperate and extremely picky.
Now Cecil has decided to double his offer — $120 million buckaroos — to entice another round of demented gold-diggers. How could this go wrong?
Gigi and Sean had a civil ceremony in France in 2012, but Cecil is holding out for a hero. The strange part is, he doesn’t sound particularly hateful or ignorant. It’s mostly just for his business, which he will hand over to Gigi should she decide she’s suddenly into guys.
“I don’t want to interfere with my daughter’s private life,” said Cecil, not too convincingly. “I only hope for her to have a good marriage and children as well as inherit my business.”
Sending some mixed messages there, Cecil. “I don’t want to interfere with my daughter’s private life” is the misguided quote of the year, too.
It’s not as though Gigi is some wallflower daughter of a gazillionaire. She is a high-powered businesswoman, a respected LGBT activist in Hong Kong, and a founding member of local gay rights group Big Love Alliance.
And though Cecil is titan of business, he’s no saint. Last year he told the Financial Times about his dating philosophy.
The 76-year-old Mr Chao has his own unique approach to romance, once claiming to have slept with 10,000 women.
“I never counted, but it’s possible,” he told the FT on Saturday. “Every day you can date one, two, three or four women. I have many good friends. We share our life, not just limiting to one person. I like to live a free and happy life.”
Gigi is one of Cecil’s three children, all from different mothers. Aside from being devoid of a soul, it seems Cecil Chao is also lacking in self-awareness.[banner pic via Daily Mail; story via The Star]