Gay HK woman implores father to rescind $65 mn marriage bounty
A gay Hong Kong woman today implored her tycoon father to rescind a USD 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 behaviour 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.
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