Billionaire father who’s offering £40million to turn his gay daughter straight claims to have slept with 10,000 WOMEN

Ladies man: Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung has a reputation for being a playboy

The Hong Kong tycoon who has offered £40 million to any man who can woo his daughter away from her lesbian partner claims to have had 10,000 girlfriends.

Playboy Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung, 76, made world headlines this week when he offered the HK$500 million marriage bounty after learning that his daughter Gigi had had a church union with her girlfriend in France.

The ladies man, who is chairman of property development firm Cheuk Nang Holdings, has never married and is known for his love of Rolls-Royces and for being a qualified helicopter pilot – a skill he shares with Gigi, who is one of three children he has had by three different women.

In denial: Hong Kong billionaire Mr Chao, who claims to have slept with 10,000 women, has refused to accept that his daughter is gayIn denial: Hong Kong billionaire Mr Chao, who claims to have slept with 10,000 women, has refused to accept that his daughter is gay

Speaking today while sporting gold mirrored sunglasses and a sport jacket over an unbuttoned polo shirt, he said he had received thousands of offers from suitors for his daughter’s hand.

He said: ‘I was very surprised about the reaction from around the world. [I have had] thousands of people writing to say they want to be my in-laws.’

Mr Chao says he is offering the money because he wants to make sure his daughter has a comfortable life in Hong Kong, which he believes will require a house worth HK$150m (£12m).

‘The rest of the money can be used for investments,’ he said.

‘Living a comfortable life in Hong Kong, not super-luxury, takes HK$500 million.’

Dismayed: Cecil Chao, right, is said to have been upset when his daughter Gigi, left, announced at an event in Beijing that she had tied the knot with her long-term lover, Sean Eav, five months ago
Unfazed: Gigi Chao says she is on 'very loving terms' with her father and was not upset by his bounty pledge
Unfazed: Gigi Chao says she is on ‘very loving terms’ with her father and was not upset by his bounty pledge

His 33-year-old daughter, however, is less keen on the proposal and. when asked whether she would accept an eligible suitor, laughed off the question, saying, ‘We’ll just worry about that when the time comes.’

She said she is not upset with her father.

‘I’m actually on very, very loving terms with my father. We speak on a daily basis. He just has a very interesting way of expressing his fatherly love.’

She said her father offered the reward because he was upset after learning she had ‘a church blessing in Paris’ with her girlfriend of seven years Seab Eav.

‘What this whole episode really highlights is that perhaps still, the Chinese – or in fact the Hong Kong mentality – can perhaps tolerate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” view of sexuality,’ she said.

‘But as a social statement, it’s still very much a sensitive issue.’

Gigi Chao graduated from university in 1999 with a degree in architecture. She went on to work for two years with British architect Sir Terry Farrell
Gigi Chao graduated from university in 1999 with a degree in architecture. She went on to work for two years with British architect Sir Terry Farrell
High hopes: Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung offered a multi-million pound 'marriage bounty' to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter
High hopes: Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung offered a multi-million pound ‘marriage bounty’ to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter

Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality in 1991, but it does not legally recognise same-sex marriage.

Gigi, a University of Manchester graduate, has said she found the HK$500 million bounty ‘quite entertaining’.

She has been approached by suitors from all over the world including American war veterans, an Ethiopian, Turk and South American.

One man wrote: ‘I’m interested in the offer. I am a male person, who also happens to be gay.’

Another put up his brother, a body double to George Clooney in the 2008 film Leatherheads, as a potential beau.

The hopefuls, however, seem to be wasting their time.

Miss Chao insists she will not be ditching her partner – regardless of the calibre of man her father’s millions can buy.

Her father has refused to accept his daughter’s sexuality, hence his  ‘marriage bounty’.

‘My father has an interesting interpretation of me,’ said Miss Chao.

‘Homosexuality is still an uncomfortable issue for many people.’

Couple: Gigi Chao, right,and her girlfriend of seven years Sean Eav, had a church blessing in France
Couple: Gigi Chao, right,and her girlfriend of seven years Sean Eav, had a church blessing in France

‘I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor – the important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted,’ he said of the ideal husband for his daughter.

‘Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work,’ he told the South China Morning Post.

Same-sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong.

A regular on the city’s social circuit and in celebrity magazines, Mr Chao has never married. Gigi is the oldest of his children.

In addition to the dowry, he has also offered to start his potential son-in-law up in his own business.

He said the prize money was ‘an inducement to attract someone who has the talent, but not the capital, to start his own business’.

Miss Chao graduated from university in 1999 with a degree in architecture. She went on to work for two years with prominent British architect Sir Terry Farrell.

dailymail.co.uk

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