Hong Kong Billionaire Offers $65 Million to Any Man Who Successfully Woos His Lesbian Daughter

A Hong Kong billionaire has offered a $65 million bounty to any man that can woo and marry his lesbian daughter, Business Insider reports:

ChaoProperty magnate Cecil Chao Sze-tsung announced the HK$500 million reward this week after reports that his 33-year-old daughter Gigi Chao, a University of Manchester graduate, had married her long-term female partner in France.

"I don't mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted," Mr Chao told the South China Morning Post, describing reports about his daughter's marriage as "false"…

He told the South China Morning Post the prize money was "an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business".

"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.

Comments

  1. Lara says

    Jason: They’re presenting a bill around the end of this year. However, are you this big of a troll to write this here on this segment? What is seriously so wrong with you. No one said it’s legal there. It’s just that they are very progressive and inclined towards equality and would likely pass the bill with majority. That’s how the flow is going in France right now. Get a life!

    and yes, what a sad old fart this Asian is.

  2. Pommie says

    Jason: She can marry there. It’s not legal but then it’s also not illegal. Legality leads to the government recognizing the marriage and while illegality aims at the prohibition. Since, it’s not illegal, it’s not barred and therefore, she could very much marry whosoever she wants irrespective of whether the State officially recognizes it or not. What a waste are you?

  3. jason says

    Lara,

    Darling, I’m simply pointing to the fact that this story is fake. Fake, fake, fake. If the facts are incorrect, the story is fake.

    There is no such thing as gay marriage in France. Therefore, the story is fake.

  4. MikeW says

    It’s NOT trolling to say that same-sex marriage is yet to be legalised in France. They may have had some commitment ceremony for a civil union, but those are so weak in France compared to other countries that they don’t confer much in benefits to foreign partners (e.g. no right to residency).

    Until quite recently France wouldn’t even allow same-sex foreigners to get a civil union if their home country didn’t offer a reciprocal arrangement.

    Until then “presenting a bill at the end of the year” does not mean something is legal or recognised in any form now by any civil authority in France, let alone in any other jurisdiction.

  5. Stefan says

    Lara, grow up. Jason was just stating the obvious. Marriage is not legal in France no matter how you parse it. A story saying the daughter MARRIED her long time partner seems, therefore, likely to be false because that fact is wrong.

  6. Stefan says

    And, as for France being tolerant, Lara: have you ever lived there? I have. Similar to many countries, once you get outside the more known cities (Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, Aix, Toulouse) and/or away from the south, you’ll find a lot of Catholic conservatism. And gays are less accepted than lesbians and bisexuals.

  7. luminum says

    So because the term “marriage” could have been used loosely to define an individual getting committed to her partner–much in the same way gays and lesbians in the US get “married” if they don’t have the benefit of living or traveling to a state where it’s legal–it is a “fact” that this story is fake?

    Jason, sweetheart, you stated that a term was used incorrectly. That’s not the same as saying that it’s a “fact that this story is fake.”

  8. GregV says

    Couples marry each other in their churches or synagogues or parks or in their living rooms among their friends in every country of the world. In most of those countries, the government will not give their marriage any recognition (and in some backward countries they will actually be prosecuted for marrying) if it doesn’t approve of their gender.
    In some of those same backward countries, an opposite-sex couple’s marriage is not recognized by the state if it disapproves of the couple’s religion (for example, Baha’is have had trouble with this in Iran; They may be married in their temple and then be denied recognition by the government.)
    A couple of any gender combination may also be considered a common-law married couple in one jurisdiction and then cross a border and be treated as legal strangers.
    I’ve also known conservative Christians who did not have a marriage license from the state but considered themselves husband and wife in the eyes of their religion and in light of their commitments to each other because “nobody in the Bible had a government marriage license.”

    If a couple considers themselves married, then as far as I’m concened they are married. Whether one government or another regards their mariage as deserving of fair treatment compared to their neighbors is a different question entirely.

  9. MikeW says

    @Lara: “P.S.: France is one of the most tolerating [sic] nation towards multiculturalism.”

    Hilarious. This is France who banned fellow Europeans the Poles from working there because they were terrified of Polish plumbers stealing all their jobs.

    You should sit in a prefectural office while they try to make sure that you’re not a Muslim, and basically pick people out of lines to the counter in order of whiteness. Meanwhile the unfireable minor functionaries make all sorts of slanderous gossip about those on the other side of the counter. It’s a very racist country.

  10. Jack M says

    Daddy should use his billions to see a good therapist to try to come to terms with his relationship with his daughter. No “generous and kind-hearted man” would take him up on his offer.

  11. says

    i’ll do it!!!!

    for real. we can marry, have a totally acceptable life, and i’ll provide her with the best carpet Canada has to offer.

    daddy will never need to know. over here, dude! this ‘mo will take up your offer!

  12. Lara says

    Oh Stefan baby, marriage doesn’t always have to be a Court Marriage. It could be a ceremony which doesn’t need State’s sanctioning. Anyone can get married if it’s not explicitly prohibited. The issue is regarding it’s validity and not commission.

  13. oakpope says

    “This is France who banned fellow Europeans the Poles from working there because they were terrified of Polish plumbers stealing all their jobs.”

    Totally wrong. I’m French by the way. No EU country can ban workers from another EU country.
    As for the racist comment, there are as many or as less racists in France as in every other western countries.

  14. Brian says

    Lara,

    Please don’t bother defending your country against Jason and his other aliases. He hates every country except the US, and says the same stupid thing about how homophobic they are, even though he’s never been anywhere.

  15. jamal49 says

    Lara, honey, anytime you link to anything from FOXNews then you surely must know that the story is suspect. As it turns out, this was another FOX made-up story. It has been proven to be false.

    Marriage is not legal in France, although they do have a form of domestic partnership for same-sex couples.

    Jason is right. This story is bogus.

  16. hoydenista says

    Firstly, the story Lara linked to is not false. Fox news may be full of crap in general but when they agree with the huff post there’s probably something to it:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/france-mother-father-gay-parents-law-_n_1912606.html

    Secondly, gawker is also running this story about the businessman with links to the daughters facebook page and other sources. I’m not sure which part you all think is wrong. France doesn’t have gay marriage so it is indeed not possible that they had a legal ceremony, but there are other options in france so I dont really get where everyone is coming from attacking lara here.
    Incidentaly, the daughter’s facebook page has a large pic of a bunch of people taking photos in a church and details of a recent trip to france so maybe a news source extrapolated from these details, or maybe they can be taken as actual verification that some kind of ceremony took place.

    Thirdly, does Jason have more aliases than usual or are people actually starting to listen to him?

  17. Rick says

    Heck, I might even eat some pu$$ for $65 million. I would certainly have to vomit afterwards, but it’s not like it would be any worse than eating worms or snot or the saliva of an old man who has been dipping snuff–all of which I have seen on either reality shows or Jackass!

    (P.S. Nice shot, UFFDA)

  18. simon says

    http://www.scmp.com/topics/cecil-chao-sze-tsung
    It probably is not fake. The story was also printed in South China Morning Post, the most reputable English newspaper in Hong Kong.
    The odd thing is that this guy publicized the fact that his daughter is a lesbian which is a taboo in a Chinese society. A normal person should feel ashamed and do his best to hide the fact. Of course offering a bounty this way indicates that this guy is an eccentric and hardly normal.

  19. simon says

    The story is a little bit more complicated. Instead of telling her father face to face, she told the media that she has been married to a woman in France. The media asked the old man about this, he refused to accept it and offer someone money to marry his daughter. It is odd since father and daughter work in the same company.

  20. DaChickenLady says

    I am Chinese and originally from Hong Kong. This story is widely reported on many Chinese sites and appears to be true.

    In terms of how people in HK view homosexuality, it’s complicated. Yes, traditional Chinese culture is against it. OTOH, when a person is openly gay/lesbian/bisexual AND very successful (e.g. very wealthy or famous), his/her sexual orientation is often accepted as just a matter of fact. Sure, tabloids and regular folks may be interested in gossiping about LGBT celebrities in HK, but the fascination is most often based on the celebrity rather than the sexual orientation.

  21. MikeW says

    @Oakpope: Actually France, Germany and Austria did not allow Eastern European nations access to their labour market when they joined the EU in 2004. That’s why they went to the UK and other parts of the EU until France finally allowed them in 4 years later. It wasn’t till 2011 that they had unrestricted access to the entire EU labour market.

    http://www.webinfrance.com/sarkozy-opens-france-polish-workers-one-year-early-605.html

    I live in France too. You should learn more about it.

  22. cadence says

    People getting “married” without the state or country that they are in not recognizing it as a legal marriage isn’t anything new, so why are people acting like it is?

    This father is a nut, but he seems to be as sexist as some of the posters here. He can offer someone all of the money in the world, but that doesn’t mean that his daughter will fall in love with the person, or suddenly stop being a lesbian. What does he expect the guy to do, club her over the head, and drag her back to his cave?

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