Sunday, 14 October 2012

Money Can't Buy Everything

Gigi Chao married Sean Eav in Paris several months ago
Property and shipping tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung is having a hard time coming to grips to the fact that his daughter Gigi is gay.

That's because the 76-year-old billionaire playboy has had a long string of women and can't understand why his 33-year-old daughter isn't straight.

He was shocked to discover she married her partner of eight years, Sean Eav in Paris five months ago.

Instead of blessing the union, late last month Chao publicly offered HK$500 million to any man who could win her heart.

This resulted in a deluge of some 200 proposals, while the number of people who follow her on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube jumped by 1,500.

"People are contacting me on Facebook, by email, on Twitter. It's ridiculous. I can't sort out the serious proposals from the half-hearted ones. I can't make head or tail of it," she told The Daily Telegraph. Some prospective suitors apparently sent her nude photographs.

While Gigi is an executive director of her father's company, she also runs Haut Monde Talent, a marketing, pubic relations, and luxury accessories company.

Cecil Chao can't quite accept daughter Gigi is gay
The latest now is that Chao was interviewed by ABC News 20/20 in which he said he hoped she would become straight naturally.

He claimed he accepted Gig's "gay tendencies", but hinted he wanted her to "reconsider her choice".

"I'm not saying that she's not okay to be gay. I mean it's her own choice and her own tendency, but she should make sure she knows what she wants. Maybe what she wants today is different to what she wants in the future."

While Gigi has stated she has no plans to break up with her partner, she is probably very tempted to throw back those words at Chao who has never married but has had a long string of beautiful women by his side.

The closest he ever came to be committed to someone was when he was with American-Vietnamese model Terri Holladay and they had a son, Roman. However she found out they were not "married" in a legal sense and they split up in 1995.

What's most impressive about this whole thing is how Gigi is handling this public incident between her and her father. She's very diplomatic and says she's close to her father, but if they were, why would he be trying to make her straight, and offering to pay a lot of money for it?

In this case, father does not know best.

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