‘$65m for the man who marries my lesbian daughter’

Gigi Chao and father, Cecil Chao






So this sounds like something out of a real life episode of Gossip Girl.

Hong Kong business tycoon Cecil Chao has apparently offered up the equivalent of $65 million Australian dollars for someone to marry his daughter.


The only issue is, his daughter Gigi is already married. To her female partner of more than seven years, Sean Eav.

That’s right, Tycoon Father of the Year (at what point does someone even become a ‘tycoon’? Is there a minimum filthy rich point you have to reach?) is ready to pay up big time if there are any gentlemen out there who want to have a crack at turning his gay daughter straight.

Stop the world we want to get off. Seriously? Whatever happened to simply wanting your kids to be healthy and happy?

News.com.au has the details:

Gigi Chao (right) and partner, Sean Eav.

Cecil Chao announced the financial reward of HK$500 million after his daughter, Gigi, married her same-sex partner of seven years in France earlier this year, the South China Morning Post reported.

“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 was quoted as stating.

But as ludicrous and demented fairytale-esque as this story is – the core of it isn’t unusual at all. Most of us have had at least one romantic interest in our lives who wasn’t beloved of our parents.

We polled the Mamamia office and between us compiled a hilarious list of required ‘traits’ that our parents hoped we’d find in our life partners and an even longer list of parental ‘deal breakers’. (We won’t tell you how many of the team have ended up married to someone on the deal breaker list but then again, none of us were offered $65 million…)

Vanessa once went out with guy who drove a kombie van and when he parked it out the front of her parents’ home, they flatly refused to let her get in. Jasmine confessed to a relationship with a Colombian club owner who used to sneak 17-year-old Jas into over-age venues. Mum and Dad weren’t fans of him either.

Nat’s father didn’t pull punches in his initial interrogation of her boyfriend, asking him politically controversial questions about women’s military service. And Jam’s dad doesn’t like anyone who doesn’t follow the footy.

Have your parents ever disapproved of someone you had a relationship with?


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