Gay HK woman says marriage bounty 'distracting'
September 29, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
HONG KONG -- A gay Hong Kong woman on Friday implored her tycoon father to rescind a US$65 million "marriage bounty" for any man who can win her heart, as applications poured in from around the globe.
"For your family's sanity's sake, Daddy please rescind the notice!!!!" Gigi Chao, 33, wrote on her Facebook page, adding that she would no longer accept Facebook friend requests.
"Where do all these people come from? (Jerusalem)? Ethiopia? Istanbul? ridiculous," she wrote in an earlier post.
Her wealthy father, Cecil Chao, told the South China Morning Post newspaper that around 100 would-be suitors had contacted his office since he went public with his offer on Wednesday.
"People send me letters, emails and faxes. I haven't had time to read them yet. I'll have to discuss it with Gigi," he was quoted as saying.
"There are some who said they don't want the money, only the chance to know my daughter."
One of the applicants, a Frenchman, wrote: "I'm really serious and (despite the fact) I am a man I think I can make this woman happy. I'm as soft as a woman."
Another appeared to offer a menage a trois: "I will win his daughter's heart and marry her, and my Maid Marian, a gorgeous Brazilian model, will help accomplish that with me."
British-educated Gigi described her father's behavior and all the attention it had received as "seriously distracting."
"I am secretly praying for a blackout ... so that I can get some peace and quiet," she told the Post, as news of the marriage bounty spread through the world's media from Australia to India and the United States.
Chao announced the financial reward of HK$500 million after Gigi reportedly married her same-sex partner of seven years in France earlier this year.
"I don't mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted," 76-year-old Chao, a wealthy property developer, said earlier this week.
"Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work," he added.
He denies that his daughter is gay or married, insisting she is still single and would make a good wife to the right man.
Same-sex marriages are not recognized in Hong Kong, a socially conservative Chinese city where homosexuality was decriminalized in 1991.
Chao is well known as a "playboy" in Hong Kong's social circles and regularly appears at public events with his latest young girlfriend.
He reportedly once claimed to have had intimate relations with 10,000 women.