Hong Kong billionaire is doing the unthinkable. He has decided to offer 180 million dollars for any man willing to marry his daughter. The first question that comes to mind is what on earth could be so bad about his daughter. What could be so devastating about this girl to where her father feels the need to post such a reward.
This strange story started in 2012. The original offer was 65 million dollars and during this time his daughter (Gigi) was already in the process of planning her wedding. So how does it make sense for him to be offering this wage for someone to marry his daughter when she already has plans for marriage.
Is the guy she with no good for her? Does he come from another area of Asia that her father doesn’t approve of? Because that does happen. Or is that money going to the man she marries? If so, that man knows what he is doing. Or maybe he isn’t a man at all, maybe she has plans to marry a woman? That’s exactly what’s happening and her father doesn’t think all that highly of it.
Yes, Gigi is a lesbian. And yes, Gigi has been with her other half (Sean) for over nine years and they are ready to take their committed the next set in their relationship. Gigi’s father Cecil is seeing that it doesn’t happen under any circumstances. Cecil told his daughter that she was to marry a man when she does decide to get married. He believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
Gigi, 34 years old, has just laughed off her father’s attempts to find her a man. After having no luck her father turned to the public to solve his “problem.” He claims that she is still single and found his daughter’s girlfriend as an inadequate match for her. He feels very strongly that there must be a male presence in her life moving forward as he is already seventy-seven.
Gigi came back with a response for her father. She told him “Since Dad thinks it’s so easy to switch me from gay to straight, I should just leave it for to him to demonstrate. I think I’ll marry a man when her marries a man.” This is very valid of her to say given that sexual orientation is not a choice. However, some truly believe you can pray the gay out of yourself.
In a public letter that Gigi writes to her father, she starts off by saying “Dear Daddy” and she says that there has been no love lost between them. She goes on to say that is has become time for her father to accept her sexual orientation. She also wants him to accept her partner whom of which she has been with for nine years.
The letter goes on to say that she feels like she may have misled him into somehow thinking that at some point she might’ve misled him into thinking there was a chance that she would marry a man one day. Then says “now I know that it is difficult for you to understand how I could feel romantically attracted to a woman; I suppose I can’t really explain it either.”
In the letter Gigi also adds “Now, I’m not asking you to be best of friends; however, it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her partner Sean, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being. I understand it is difficult for you to understand, let alone accept this truth.” She added “I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out who I am, what is important in my life, who I love and how best to live life, as an expression of all these questions.”
She also says in the letter “I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way (except also figuring out how to be gentler on the planet). I’m sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong. There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me”
Gigi Chao ended up marrying her long-term partner in Sean. They had a ceremony at a church in Paris. At that time the news had already broke in Hong Kong tabloids about the money that was promised to any man able to wed his daughter. Gigi told her father about her wedding and said that his response was that he was “surprised and unpleasantly shocked,’ but urged her not to make it public.”
People all over the world were seeking Gigi’s love. Some would be jealous of this because we have trouble getting anyone to talk to us. But the variety of people trying to connect with Gigi was unreal. She said “war veterans from the US, someone from Ethiopia, from Istanbul, South America, Portugal, really just from all over the world,” Gigi said. In fact, this just further turned her off to men.
She even got some attention from a gay man in America. He sent her a message saying “I’m interested in the offer. I am a male person, who also happens to be gay.” She had this to say about her father “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.” She has a point there has become a generation gap.
Gigi works for her father as an executive director at his property development company. She is also a part-time pilot and the founder of an anti-poverty charity foundation call “Faith and Love.” She is a busy hardworking woman that should command respect, but her dad has trouble seeing past her small difference. She is really doing great things for the world and hopefully one day her father will realize that.
Just a few years later Cecil and his daughter Gigi were covered again to see how their relationship has evolved. Since they made headlines some 10,000 men have responded. They popped up again in 2014 when her father doubled the amount. It’s hard to believe that 65 million wasn’t enough, but doubling will now make it different. This is when Gigi was prompted to write a letter seeking respect and acceptance.
Cecil, who is now 80, claims that he made that offer to give his daughter some male options that she would be able to find acceptable. Gigi had no interest in finding a man and Cecil said, “It’s her life,” he concedes. “She decides about her private life.” So finally, it seems that Cecil is taking a backseat to attempting to command Gigi’s love life. Gigi is grateful this is finally the case.
Gigi, a practicing Christian, has tons of respect and love for father. She believes that he only had good intentions for her and that it was out of love. “to have something so private in the open and to become a laughingstock of dinner conversations.” She says the saga helped her develop “humility, patience and character” and increased her ability to forgive. Which is a good trait to have for moving forward.
She says she still gets unwanted emails and says “I’m tired of the random notices from men trying to seduce me,” she says. “It has become an engine of online fraud, with impersonators of me or my father going after these men for ’emergency money’ while stranded abroad, or in some ‘lucrative’ deal.” It’s funny how his daughter his risen to fame after he offered cash to those that were interested.
Father/ daughter relationships can be tough as they are, but in this situation, their relationship was put under extra pressure and scrutiny. However, the Chaos’ didn’t snap. In fact, in October 2014 Cecil named Gigi (the eldest of Cecil’s’ three children) the heir of the company. This is no small company, last month the sold a plaza for over $100 million dollars. These two are in constant contact because they are running such a large company.
There are differences in the two, Gigi stands at a high desk which keeps her more active during the day. Her father sits on what is almost a thrown with a beautiful Italian marble table. Cecil like to dress up in more flashy attire where Gigi wears a black vest in support of “Faith in Love” foundation. This is just another way to show that though they both are well of they have different values.
Cecil remains at the helm of the company with no so indication of changing that anytime soon. Cecil is a self-proclaimed playboy; he claims to have dated some 10,000 women. Which just going on 10,000 dates would mean that you would have to go on a date every night for 27 years. Guess he had some nights where he got a couple dates in. Guess that’s why he has never married.
Cecil has kids with three different women, feels like he is an Eastern-minded individual. Whereas Gigi feels like she is a Western-minded considering she moved to New Jersey when she was six. Her mother is Hong Kong movie actress Kelly Yao Wei. She is committed to helping others and staying soft-spoken and humble. She is very in touch with her spiritual side saying “At a young age I became a Christian.”
Cecil started as an architect and then became a developer after that. Developing large properties is very lucrative and Cecil saw his opportunity to make some real wealth. To this day he still does all the drawings for the main plans within the company. He says Hong Kong has reached its peak as it is now being surpassed by Singapore. He says the profits aren’t what they used to be in this area.
Gigi says “I take instructions from Daddy and execute.” “I am his left and right hand. Some may say he micromanages, but he knows all the ins and outs of the business.” Who better to learn from than the best and Gigi has made the most of that opportunity. She admits she still has a ton to learn, and knows that if she doesn’t execute her father will fire her.
These two have come a long way. It’s safe to say even given all the history these two are as tight as and father daughter combination. The work that they share continues to give them something in common no matter the age and generation gap. Gigi is the heir to the throne over her two half-brothers. She has demonstrated that she has what it takes to follow in her fathers’ footsteps.