Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, a real estate magnate and one of Hong Kong's richest men, took drastic measures after finding out his daughter got married. He wasn't bothered by her settling down, but by the fact that she chose a woman as her partner.
He had heard reports about his daughter, 33-year-old Gigi Chao, having a ceremony in France to make her civil partnership with her girlfriend official. He decided to offer the ridiculously large sum of €50 million ($65 million) to whatever man can make her change her mind about having a relationship with a woman.
According to the Telegraph, the billionaire denies rumors of such an event taking place in his family, but does admit to the fact that he is willing to pay whoever can romance his daughter out of her relationship.
Mr. Chao says he is not picky about his ideal candidate, as long as he is a man, that is. The magnate was a well-known playboy in Honk Kong in his day, and was even quoted saying he had been intimate with more than 10,000 women.
“I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor. […] The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted,” he said about the ideal man for his daughter.
He presents his proposal as a business offer for the future groom, making it appealing to all young entrepreneurs needing the capital:
“[It is] an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business, ” Mr. Chao explained.
His daughter Gigi, a graduate from the University of Manchester, entered a civil partnership with seven-year girlfriend Sean Yeung on April 4.
On Facebook, she describes herself as a “Helicopter pilot. Social entrepreneur. Creator of expressions in color and emotion.” Her father describes her as a “very good woman with both talents and looks.”
“She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work,” the proud father adds.
Miss Chao is a business owner herself, running model management and PR firm Haut Monde Talent, based on Hong Kong’s Hennessy Road.
She only caught on to her father's plans when she began swimming in Facebook friend requests.
“Where do all these people come from? Jerusalem? Ethiopia? Istanbul? ridiculous. It’s also quite scary that my friend requests number keeps jumping up every few seconds,” she posted. She is not accepting any more requests.