The age old tale of a father disagreeing with whom his daughter chooses to marry has a 21st century twist. Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung of Hong Kong made billions in real estate and is offering $63 million of that fortune to any man that can convince his lesbian daughter to marry him. While there has been much debate over whether or not sexual orientation is a choice, and even some discussion over whether or not homosexuality can be cured, Sze-Tsung believes the cure for his daughter is money.
It is the stuff of fairy tales – suitors vying for the hand of a rich maiden in hopes to obtain some of the family fortune for themselves. The problem is that Sze-Tsung’s daugher, Gigi Chao, who identifies herself as bisexual, not lesbian, is not a maiden at all. Gigi eloped to France last year with her partner Sean Young and states “I’m very happy when I’m with her.”
Her father however still hopes his daughter will eventually marry a man- in fact he did not make his offer public until after the two were married. Sze-Tsung ‘s qualifications for a gentleman looking to woo his daughter are “generous and kind-hearted,” according to itsybitsysteps.com. There is no word on if Sze-Tsung will expect Gigi and Sean to part ways if she does choose one of the countless men who have emailed her since Sze-Tsung’s offer. Sze-Tsung himself is certainly no advocate for monogamy – he told The Huffington Post he has slept with over 10,000 women and that marriage is too risky because a woman could end up taking most of his money. Sze-Tsung also tells The Huffington Post that he does not want to force his daughter to marry a man, but he would like grandchildren.
If a man is able to convince Gigi to marry him, Sze-Tsung will also help him start a business, the ideal man would be someone with good businessman potential, even if he does not have the money to start his own business. Not only that, but he tells The Huffington Post that any man that marries his daughter will live a “moderately deluxe lifestyle.” Sze-Tsung himself live in a 16,000 square foot waterfront mansion in Hong Kong.
It almost seems as if Sze-Tsung is trying to sell his daughter, advertising her as being “a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work.”
Gigi is 33 and works in Sze-Tsung’s company. How does she feel about all of this? She looks to her culture and understands where her father is coming from with his offer. Even though many accuse Sze-Tsung of being homophobic, Itsy Bitsy Steps.com reports that Gigi told The Telegraph “Marriage is still a form of social status.” In Hong Kong, homosexuality was a crime until 1991 and same-sex marriages are not legally recognized. Gigi believes her father only wants what is best for her. She goes on to say “I am a really lucky girl to have such a loving daddy, because it’s really sweet of him to do something like this as an expression of his fatherly love.” In an earlier interview, she told The Huffington Post “My heart is taken. I am happy. And he knows I am happy.
He just wants me to be more happy.”
Written By: Tara Brock