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Marriage bounty: Tycoon offers $65 million for a man to wed his lesbian daughter

Marriage bounty: Hong Kong real estate mogul Cecil Chao is offering $65 million to any man who can win the love of his daughter, Gigi Chao. But, naturally, there's a catch. 

Gigi Chao, daughter of the Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, poses during an interview in Hong Kong Thursday. Her father has offered a $65 million marriage bounty for a man to wed her after she had a church blessing in Paris with her female partner, she said.

Kin Cheung/AP

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The newly married lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who offered a $65 million "marriage bounty" to any man able to win her love, on Thursday said she'd been flooded by marriage proposals but harbored no animosity towards her father.

Since Hong Kong property billionaire Cecil Chao, known in the tabloid media for his prolific womanizing, dangled a $65 million reward for any man able to lead his daughter, Gigi Chao, down the aisle, she says she's been bombarded by marriage proposals from strangers, date requests, and even an offer from a Hollywood film producer to buy her story.

"War veterans from the U.S., someone from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, from Istanbul, South America, Portugal, really just from all over the world," said Chao, sifting through emails on a white Apple laptop in her father's high-rise office tower.

One suitor from the United States wrote: "I'm interested in your offer to wed your daughter, who also happens to be gay. 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 sports flick "Leatherheads" as a potential mate: "He could be the picture perfect date that your father craves."

"I've tried my best to respond to well-meaning ones ... but most of them I just try not to open," added the frizzy-haired Chao, who was wearing a silver ring after what she called a "church blessing" with her girlfriend in a Paris church.


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