A Hong Kong billionaire has doubled a reward for anyone who can somehow make his lesbian daughter straight — now offering a staggering $120 million.
CECIL CHAO: "My dream is for her to get married, have a normal family life. ... If gay is her tendency, I wouldn't force her to change anything." (Via ABC)
That was Cecil Chao in an ABC report on his story from a few years ago, when he offered just about $60 million to the man who could make his daughter, Gigi, fall in love with him.
Chao is a real estate tycoon, and he's actually never married. In fact, he says he's slept with more than 10,000 women but wants a married life for Gigi. She tells a more harsh story. (Via CNN)
GIGI: "He just goes, 'No, what you're doing is wrong, wrong, wrong.'"
Their relationship is a little confusing. Cecil and Gigi are actually quite close. They talk every day. She even said years ago she was moved by his money offer because it shows he cares about her. But they disagree on this fundamental part of her life.
Gigi currently works for her father, too, and Cecil says he wants his daughter to inherit his business. But she says if he takes that inheritance away, she's OK with it. (Via YouTube / GIGI CHAO)
Time reports more than 20,000 offers have come in over the last few years — men trying to win Gigi over.
Gigi is married to another woman and is a gay rights activist. Cecil says he hopes one day his daughter will feel differently and will love a man.
And now, the doubling of the offer has Gigi upset. She told the South China Morning Post she is "distraught" over the latest news but says she and her father still agree to disagree.