Since Hong Kong property billionaire Cecil Chao – known in the territory’s tabloid media for his prolific womanising –dangled the 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, and has had date requests and even an offer from a Hollywood film producer to buy her story.
“War veterans from the US, someone from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, from Istanbul, South America, Portugal, really just from all over the world,” said Ms Chao as she sifted through e-mails on a laptop in her father’s high-rise office.
“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 Ms Chao, who was wearing a silver ring after what she called a “church blessing” with her girlfriend in a Paris church.
She said her billionaire father, who drives a Rolls Royce and flies a helicopter, had been upset when her long-time lover revealed the couple had wed in Paris in April, leading to his impromptu “marriage bounty” offer to any man able to set her straight.
“I wasn’t angry at all. I was really quite touched, very touched and very … how should I say? moved, by Daddy’s announcement,” said the 33-year-old.
Her father has boasted of bedding more than 10,000 women, including models and starlets.